Vitamin B-12 is a complex, water soluble vitamin that our bodies need for optimum health. B-12 deficiency can lead to fatigue, enema, depression, insomnia, easy bruising, memory problems and even permanent damage to the nervous system and brain.
In addition to not taking in enough vitamin b12 through proper nutrition, illness, stress and alcohol can help rob the body of vitamin B12. Foods rich in B12 are fish, shell fish, liver, cheese and eggs.
Oral vitamin B12 supplements are available over the counter but are not readily absorbed by the body. The better choice over tablets is drops that are immediately absorbed into the blood stream but does not provide optimal absorption and retention.
Research has shown the very best delivery of Vitamin B-12 is via injections, which can be given as often as once a week.
Optimum levels of vitamin B12 can help protect against brain changes that occur with the aging process. Higher B12 levels can slow the onset of cognitive decline such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
B12 assists with the body’s process of converting food into energy. Without it, the food we eat is not able to be processed as efficiently for energy production which can lead to fatigue and even weight gain.
Absorption of vitamin B-12 is essential to the repair and protection of DNA which helps to prevent cancer and slows aging.
Vitamin B12 helps protect the body against heart disease by reducing protein levels in the blood. Elevated levels of protein increase cardiovascular risk by increasing atherosclerosis and hardened arteries.
B12 is a very important part of the covering of our nervous system which effects mood, memory and reaction time.
Finally, optimum levels of vitamin B-12 help the body as a whole with its immune system to help fight off illness and diseases.
If you lack energy, need a boost or are trying to lose weight, contact your healthcare provider to set up a schedule to receive vitamin B-12 shots.