Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that fuels your metabolism and red blood cell health. At Avenal Primary Care in Avenel, New Jersey, Haroon Arshad, MD, MBA, Sanna Arshad, PA-C, MHA, and the team provide supplemental vitamin B12 injections to patients who are deficient in this nutrient. If you’re feeling low on energy and having trouble burning fat, call the office or book an appointment online today to find out how B12 injections can help you.
Vitamin B12 is one of the B vitamins that supports optimal body function. The nutrient binds to the proteins in your digestive tract, which increases your ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients from the foods you eat.
Vitamin B12 also supports a healthy metabolism. It gives you energy and helps your body burn fat more efficiently. B12 supports a healthy nervous system, promotes brain function, and plays a role in red blood cell production. Red blood cells have the job of carrying oxygen throughout your body.
Vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products like eggs, milk, and meat. Your body can’t produce vitamin B12, so you have to get it from your diet or supplements.
Many people don’t consume ample amounts of B12. They may follow a primarily vegetarian or vegan diet, so they don’t eat the foods that contain it. Some people lack a compound known as intrinsic factor, which helps them process the nutrient. A lack of intrinsic factor often happens in older adults.
It’s easy to fall short in your B12 consumption and, as a result, experience a deficiency. Common signs that you’re not getting enough vitamin B12 include:
A vitamin B12 deficiency can also lead to frequent changes in your mood.
Vitamin B12 injections deliver the nutrient directly to your bloodstream. This optimizes your levels so you feel the effects right away. When you take oral supplements, they must first pass through your digestive tract where much of the dose goes unabsorbed.
You experience a return of energy and improvements in your metabolism. With regular injections, symptoms like dizziness, tingling, and pale skin disappear.
Your body doesn’t store B12, so you excrete any extra through your natural systems. But this means you need regular supplementation to keep at an optimal level if you’re at risk for a deficiency.
Call Avenel Primary Care to schedule your vitamin B12 injections or use the online tool to book an appointment today.