Powerful Benefits of Vitamin B12 Shots
B12 is a critical vitamin involved in very important processes in your body like energy production and metabolism. It’s currently estimated that as many as 50% of people in the US have B12 deficiency or sup optimal B12 levels in their body. This means that as many as 1 out of 2 people are walking around with sub optimal energy levels and a slower than normal metabolism. It’s no wonder that many of our clients who use B12 shots experience many benefits.
- Increases your energy levels and fights fatigue
- Improves your metabolism
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps improve sleeping patterns and circadian rhythm
- Increases concentration and mood
- Boosts your immune system
- May increase hair growth or stop hair loss
Increases your energy levels and fights fatigue
One of the most common symptoms of B12 deficiency is increased fatigue or lack of energy levels. What is interesting is that we know why this happens. Vitamin B12 (along with other B vitamins) is required for proper energy production in your mitochondria. Mitochondria produce “energy” for you body in the form of a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The number of mitochondria in your cells and muscles and how effective they are working determine your subjective sense of “energy”. Anything that lowers energy production in the mitochondria may manifest as fatigue. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in this process.
In addition it has been shown in studies that supplementing with B12 can increase energy levels. This is why vitamin B12 is put into “energy drinks” and other supplements that are meant to boost vitamin B12. Another reason for Vitamin B12 deficiency is malabsorption of vitamin B12 in our GI tract. So basically you can be consuming B12 in your diet (or even taking supplements with B12, but not actually absorbing it.
By taking a shot you are bypassing the GI tract and allowing for 100% absorption into the body straight into the cells (which is where B12 has its action)
Improves your metabolism
Your metabolism is the most important factor when it comes to determining your weight. Metabolism represents the amount of calories that you burn while at rest and represents around 90-95% of all calories that you burn in any given day. Low vitamin B12, low mitochondrial energy production, low thyroid hormone, history of recurrent dieting, etc. have all been shown to slow down your metabolism.
Most people are walking around with a slower than normal metabolism due to a variety of factors. So, instead of burning, 2,000 calories per day-you may only be burning 1200-1500 calories per day if your metabolism is only functioning at 75% of normal. With a metabolism that slow, it will be VERY difficult to lose weight.
Vitamin B12 is one of those nutrients that can affect your metabolism and here’s how:
We’ve already established the importance of normal mitochondrial energy production, but what you probably didn’t realize is that your mitochondria also help set your basal metabolic rate. The amount of energy that you produce in your mitochondria helps set your metabolism for your entire body. So, if you have sub optimal Vitamin B12 levels or high levels of fatigue your metabolism may be slower than normal. If this reduction in metabolism is due to low levels of B12 then B12 shots can improve your metabolism.
Helps with weight loss
B12 shots don’t directly result in weigh loss but they do in an indirect way.
Some of the benefits of B12 shots include:
- Better sleep: Lack of sleep has been shown to increase your risk for developing obesity by increasing blood sugar
- Higher metabolism: A slow metabolism can help predict weigh weight gain long term (especially after weight loss.) At Silver Solutions MedSpa we also combine Vitamin B12 shots with Methionine, Inositol, and Choline. These “lipotropic nutrients directly help your body burn fat and break down adipose tissue which results in weight loss.
- More energy: Low energy levels make exercise difficult and it has been shown to increase your risk of weight gain.
- Increased mood: Low B12 is also associated with depression which is directly associated with weight gain and obesity.
All of these “lifestyle” factors influence how and if your body will lose weight and burn fat mass.
Helps improve sleeping patterns and circadian rhythm
Circadian rhythm is the process that helps regulate the quality and depth of your sleep (among other factors) Circadian rhythm can directly influence your mood, energy levels and weight. If you are having sleep issues including” difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, problems getting tired at night or low energy levels you may be experiencing problems with your circadian rhythm. Taking B12 shots may improve this rhythm and help with sleep
Increases concentration and mood
Is your mood down? Or are you feeling more “depressed” than usual? Depression by itself isn’t a diagnosis but a sign of something else going on in your body. It may include nutrient deficiencies, high levels of inflammation, lack of exercise, weight gain, etc.
There are at least 50+ known causes of depression out there and one of the most well known, is low levels of Vitamin B12.
It has been shown that vitamin B12 can help increase your mood and fight off depression. B12 can be used in conjunction with other therapies and can help increase your mood quickly
Likewise B12 has also been shown to increase concentration which may reduce symptoms such as inability to focus on projects and tasks.
Boosts your immune system
Supplementing with B12 has been shown to restore abnormalities in the CD4/CD8 T cell ratio. These factors are very important for fighting off viruses and bacteria that come into contact with you body.
Changes in this ratio increase your risk for developing certain infections and may reduce the ability of your body to effectively get rid of these infections. This may result in you getting sick frequently or staying sick longer than normal.
The exact mechanism of how B12 interacts with the immune system isn’t well understood, but it has been shown that low levels impact the body’s ability to fight off various infections.
May increase hair growth or stop hair loss
There are several nutrients that are required for optimal hair growth and Vitamin B12 is one of them.
In order for proper hair growth to continue and be optimal you need high enough levels of serum Vitamin B12, ferritin and hemoglobin. It is also true that many other factors (including hormones) influence hair growth/hair loss
Getting B12 shots, along with a multi disciplinary approach to hair loss may prevent you from further hair loss.
How often should you use a B12 shot?
Most people can receive a B12 shot every 14-30 days. It is also important to realize that B12 shots provide more benefit than taking oral supplements alone. The shots are immediately bio available, getting into your blood stream quickly.
B12 shots are very safe and well tolerated. There is a small risk of developing redness at the injection site. B12 is a water soluble vitamin which means that high levels in the blood will be eliminated through urinations. There is no real risk of developing Vitamin B12 toxicity unless you have chronic and severely decreased kidney function. (meaning your excrition isn’t normal.)
For questions regarding B12 shots, please call Silver Solutions MedSpa: 4134418453
**Receiving B12 shots DOES NOT guarantee improvement in above symptoms
** B12 shots are not to be used as an alternative to an active, healthy lifestyle, but as an aid to help promote and assist with wellness.
**None of the statements on Silver Solutions web site should be construed as dispensing medical advice, or making claims regarding treatment or cure of diseases.