To B or Not To B: Why is B12 important?
Suppose you are feeling tired and run down all the time, experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, anemic, having brain fog, and suffering from sore tongue or ulcers in the mouth. In that case, you may have a vitamin B12 deficiency.
What is Vitamin B12?
B12 is required for the body to work properly. It supports the normal function of your nerve cells and is needed for red blood cell formation and DNA synthesis. If you’re not consuming enough B12 in your daily diet, you can get it in other ways, such as via oral supplements, injections, or IV infusions.
At The Drip Factor, we only use the potent and active form of Vitamin B12, Methylcobalamin. It is the most readily absorbed form of Vitamin B12 and is used primarily in your liver, brain, and nervous system. In fact, methylcobalamin is the specific form of B12 needed for nervous system health.
Benefits of Vitamin B12
Supports brain cell health & nerve function
Supports sleep, mood & memory
Decreases feelings of depression or anxiety
Regulates healthy homocysteine levels
Prevent major birth defects
Enhances the immune system
B12 Shots versus IV Infusions
The differences between B12 injections and infusions mainly lie in the absorption rate.
When given a vitamin shot, the contents are absorbed slowly so you don’t feel results as quickly, but it stays in your system longer. If you need a long-lasting energy boost but don’t have the time for a full IV treatment, a B12 vitamin shot may be right for you.
In an IV, your body absorbs it faster, so you feel the results of it more quickly. An infusion takes a little longer than an injection—a typical session lasts about 30 to 45 minutes—but many people find it to be a more comfortable experience. B12 is added to every infusion at no extra cost with The Drip Factor. It's not an infusion by itself, but is always an add on to any formulation.
How a B12 level can get low
About 1.5 to 15 percent of Americans have a vitamin B12 deficiency. You may be more at risk, particularly if you are a vegan or vegetarian, pregnant or breastfeeding, if you suffer from certain health conditions or if you are over 50 years old. Heavy smokers and drinkers can also have low levels of B12.
Keeping up with the Bs
If you feel like you have a B12 deficiency, The Drip Factor offers vitamin B12 injections and infusions to build up your levels of this valuable nutrient. Contact us today for a consultation!