Why Do I Need Vitamin B12?

Brian Tunney
Brian Tunney
5 minute read
August 8, 2022
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IM (intramuscular) injections are a quick and easy way to deliver essential vitamins and minerals to your body to add a little boost to your week. IM shots take just 10 minutes of your day and can help boost energy, vitality and/or focus. An Intramuscular (IM) Shot is a quick injection that delivers vitamins intramuscularly, directly into the gluteal or deltoid muscle. There is no IV access required with an IM Shot. The dosages of vitamins also differ since a smaller volume of vitamins can be injected into the muscle. However it still gives nearly similar absorption as IV route going directly into the bloodstream.

The spotlight this week? None other than vitamin B12. Since it’s an add-on to August’s Drip of The Month, we couldn’t think of a better subject.

What is Vitamin B12 and why is it important?

B12 is an essential daily nutrient needed to maintain brain function, healthy red blood cells and nerve cells, and to make DNA. It’s kind of a big deal. Specifically, B12 has been found to:

Maintain Brain Function: Studies indicated that there could be a potential link between B12 deficiency and the development of dementia.

May Help With Depression: B12 may be helpful in the long-term management of depressive symptoms and decrease the likelihood of relapse.

Maintain Healthy Bone Mass: B12 may serve as an important vitamin to combat osteoporosis.

Support Eye Health: When supplementing with B12 and folic acid, one study found a 35% lower risk of age-related macular degeneration among test subjects after a 7 year period.

How Do I Know If I'm Deficient In Vitamin B12?

Up to 90% of those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet are deficient in B12 because the water-soluble vitamin is only found in animal products. So, it’s important to supplement through vitamins or intramuscular injections. But, plant lovers aren’t the only ones with this deficiency due to a symbiotic relationship that takes place every day in our stomachs. Intrinsic factor, a protein in our gut, is required for binding to B12 in order to properly absorb the vitamin into our blood. Some people who don’t produce enough of this protein consequently become deficient. B12 IM shots serve as a powerful and effective remedy to not only combat deficiencies, but to also maintain healthy levels in the body.

How can an IM shot help me?

An Intramuscular (IM) Shot is an easy way to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs so you can feel your best. Injected directly into muscle tissue, the nutrients gradually absorb into the bloodstream, increasing their bioavailability. IM shots can be more effective than ingesting vitamins and supplements since shots bypass the first-pass metabolism which can make the oral supplement less effective. Benefits vary depending on the nutrients you choose.

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