Vitamin B12 (aka “cobalamin”) is an essential vitamin for our bodies that is naturally found in animal products. It supports nerve cell functions and promotes the formation of red blood cells as well as DNA synthesis.
B12 shots are injections of this vitamin used to treat low levels (deficiency) in humans. While B12 may also be ingested orally, shots are a quick way to get your body’s level of this vitamin back to where it should be.
What Is A B12 Shot Used For?
There are several benefits that a B12 shot can bring. These include the following:
Enhanced Production of Red Blood Cells.
Low vitamin B12 levels can prevent your body’s red blood cells from forming properly. They may become large and oval-shaped where they should be small and round. This deformation may prevent your blood cells from entering into your bloodstream from the bone marrow at the rate they should, with anemia as the result. B12 shots can prevent this situation from developing.
Increased Energy and Concentration.
As a result of better blood cell production, you’ll likely experience increased energy levels, and a greater capacity for concentration. This is because the more blood cells that successfully enter into your circulatory system, the more oxygen your brain and other vital organs will receive.
An anemic individual has trouble converting fats and proteins into energy. Since B12 shots help prevent the development of anemia, your metabolism will likely work at a faster rate, resulting in weight loss.
Reduced Risk of Macular Degeneration.
Researchers believe that B12 shots may reduce the amount of homocysteine in your system, an amino acid that has been linked with age-related macular degeneration.
A Boosted Immune System.
A lack of B12 not only affects the production and distribution of red blood cells; it also hinders the body’s ability to produce white blood cells, which are vital in fighting off bacterial infections, viruses, and other invading cells. By promoting the production of white blood cells, B12 shots may boost your immune system’s ability to work, thus enhancing your overall health.
Improved Sleep Patterns.
Tryptophan is an amino acid closely associated with drowsiness and the sleep cycle. While it is naturally produced within the body, vitamin B12 is an important contributor to the production process. A B12 shot can thus help you fall asleep more easily, and then stay asleep.
Prevention of Hair Loss.
When cells are not metabolized efficiently, it is difficult for the body to produce new hair growth to replace lost hair. In some cases, regular B12 shots can help to reverse this trend, and even restore your hair’s original growth rate.
Prevention of Osteoporosis.
Studies have linked vitamin B12 deficiency to low mineral density in bones. Over time, this low mineral density may cause bones to become fragile and easily breakable, and lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis. Regular B12 shots may help to prevent this outcome, and support your bone health.
Improved Mood and Decreased Risk of Depression.
While the correlation between vitamin B12 and mood is not fully understood by scientists, research has shown that B12 does have a role in synthesizing and metabolizing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to happiness and a sense of well-being. Therefore, B12 shots that promote higher serotonin levels may result in a better mood, and a reduced risk of falling into a depressed state.
There are other benefits that B12 shots may yield besides the ones listed above. If you’d like to learn more about B12 shots, or would like to schedule an appointment for this treatment, contact us today.