B12 Boosts

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What does B12 do?

B-12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in many functions in the body, including:

  • DNA synthesis

  • Energy production

  • Nerve cell health

  • Regulating metabolic reactions in the body

  • Improve iron function

  • Removal of toxins

  • Hematopoiesis (producing all blood cell types)

  • Neurological function


B12 is crucial for a healthy immune system and supporting your central nervous system, for the proper function and development of your brain. Your mood and cognitive functions, the digestive system, as well as fertility, pregnancy and development of the embryo.

Your metabolism wouldn’t run efficiently without it.


Where is B12 found?

B-12 is present in animal-based food sources, such as eggs, meat, shellfish and dairy. There have been no known sources of B12 in plants, although It can also be acquired through a man-made version of the nutrient. There are 4 forms of Vitamin B12; Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, Hydroxocobalamin and Cyanocobalamin. These shots, can quickly boost B-12 levels in someone who is deficient.


Who is deficient in B12?

Up to 15% of individuals don’t acquire enough B12, which can occur at any age.


Those at a higher risk of deficiency include;

  • Vegans/Vegetarians

  • Pernicious anaemia

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Atrophic gastritis                                                  

  • Coeliac disease

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Use of certain medications

  • Use of illegal drugs


What benefits do B12 shots have?

Improves sleep, your mood, fatigue and your mental clarity. It speeds up the metabolism and strengths the immune system. 

How often should you have them?

It is important to note B12 IM injections are a nutritional supplement and not a medicine.

B12 shots are non-toxic, even in high doses, so are safe to have on a regular basis.

On average patients tend to have their B12, intramuscular shot of hydroxocobalamin once to twice a year or a course of 5 over 5 weeks.

Stopping vitamin b12 injections, may cause a quick relapse back to their original symptoms.



Who shouldn’t have B12 IM shots?

Allergy to any of the products ingredientsPregnancy or breastfeeding, Liver or kidney diseaseActive cancer/undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy or prone to keloid scarring.



Are there any side effects that may be experienced?


Mild side effects include;

  • pain, redness and itching at the shot site, mild diarrhea. Refer to doctor if persists or worsen.


More serious side effects:

  • muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, unusual weakness or tiredness, swelling to the ankles or feet. Immediate medical attention required.


Severe reactions are rare (Anaphylaxis) but include;

  • itching/swelling to face, throat or tongue, breathing difficulties, severe dizziness, sudden vision changes, slurred speech. Require emergency intervention.


Illnesses/ conditions linked to a deficiency in B12;

  • Addison’s disease

  • Coeliac disease

  • Grave’s disease

  • Anaemia/b12 deficiency

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Type 1 diabetes

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Bells palsy

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Myalgic Encephalmyelitis



Signs of vitamin deficiency;

  • Irritability & Mood swings

  • Confusion & Forgetfulness

  • Hairloss

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Headaches

  • Onset of dementia

  • Exhaustion

  • Palpitations

  • Sleep disturbances

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