What Is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that is water-soluble and not produced in the body. Vitamin B12 must come from your diet; your body does not make it. In order to utilize vitamin B12; it must be absorbed in the lower intestines with the help of intrinsic factor, a substance secreted by the stomach.

Why Do I Need Vitamin B12?

The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA and to carry out many essential functions. According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day of B12. Like most vitamins, B12 can't be made by our body. Instead, it must be obtained from food and supplements. And therein lies the problem: Some people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they ingest. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among people over fifty, vegetarians and vegans.

What Are The Benefits Of Vitamin B12 Injections?

  • Increased energy and metabolism

  • Enhanced neurological health

  • Minimized seasonal and environmental allergies

  • Decreased irritability (PMS, hormonal imbalances)

  • Improved athletic endurance

  • Enhanced vascular health

  • Stabilized symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and mood disorders

  • Can benefit some patients with nervous system or endocrine disorders, such as MS, diabetes, seizures, restless leg syndrome, thyroid disorders, and adrenal fatigue.

Why Are Vitamin B12 Injections So Important Today?

The majority of people who are vitamin B12 deficient eat plentiful amounts of food containing vitamin B12, but their bodies can’t absorb or use it. The enormous increase in digestive issues and daily stressors (alcohol, environmental pollutants, aging, medications) inhibit our absorption of this essential vitamin. Other than from our diet, vitamin B12 can be obtained through vitamin B12 oral supplements and injections.

Who Is Most Likely To Have Low Vitamin B12 Levels?

Vegetarians, vegans, people 50 years old and older, people who drink alcohol, people with digestive issues, anyone regularly taking medications known to affect vitamin B12 absorption such as Prilosec and Tums (ask for a complete list for more info), anyone who has recently had surgery or dental procedures using nitrous oxide (which inactivates vitamin B12 in the body). Vitamin B12 is safe for pregnant women and anyone receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation.

Do I Need To Make An Appointment To Get An Injection At Got Vitamin B12?

No. We do not schedule appointments at Happy Hours. Injections are offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I Make an Appointment to Receive a Shot?

We don't take appointments for Happy Hour visits. At Happy Hour, the doctor will spend a few minutes discussing your specific concerns, any allergies and basic expectations. If you'd like to make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor outside of Happy Hour times at our patient care offices to further discuss your questions or health goals and receive an injections, it is $395 for a 2 hour initial consultation, and you can make an appointment here.

What Does it Mean to "Walk-In" to Happy Hour? What Happens When I Arrive at a Happy Hour Location?

A "walk-in" means that we do not take appointments for Happy Hour visits. When arriving at a Happy Hour location, you will see a friendly face of a Got Vitamin B12 team member. He or she will check you in to the Happy Hour. (If this is your first visit, you will be asked to complete a brief intake form and waiver). The team member will ask your name and note if you have purchased a Shot Package in the past. If you have unused shots left on your Shot Package, that's all you have to do! A doctor will call you into a back room and see to you ASAP (wait time is anywhere from 2-20 minutes depending on how many other clients are also waiting). If you have not purchased a package, or you have redeemed all of the shots on your package, you will have the option to purchase a new package or a single shot to be used at this Happy Hour. Then, the doctor will be right with you and you'll be on your way. If there is no wait time, the whole process can take 10 minutes, maximum.

New To GotVitamin B12? Not Sure What Injection To Get?

No worries. Visit any of our Happy Hour locations and our experienced medical staff can help guide you in the right direction.

How Long Does It Take To Get An Injection?

Clients are usually in and out within 5-20 minutes. However, this can vary by day and location.

Who Administers The Injections?

Licensed Naturopathic doctors and trained Naturopathic medical assistants administer the injections.

Are your B12 injections vegan?

Yes. Our B12 is sourced on a bacteria medium that is plant based. 

How Does The Doctor Know Which Shot Is Best For Me?

Our naturopathic doctors will do a brief intake. During the intake, he or she will listen to your specific health concerns, allergies and health goals and will recommend a shot for that Happy Hour visit. These recommendations may vary from week to week.

What Is A Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are primary care doctors trained at board-accredited 4-year graduate schools. Training includes clinical physical diagnosis, pathology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, physical medicine, pharmacology and more.

How Old Must I Be To Get An Injection?

If you are under 18 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Are Vitamin B12 Injections Safe For Kids?

Yes, vitamin B12 is water soluble, so there is no concern about toxicity. There is an emerging body of literature that supports using vitamin B12 with children on the autism spectrum.

How Much Vitamin B12 Do I Need?

Everyone’s optimal level of vitamin B12, obtained through a blood test, is unique. On average, the value of > 600 pg/ml is sufficient, but Got Vitamin B12 Naturopathic doctors prefer  > 900 pg/ml for optimal wellness.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Fatigue, nerve pain (shingles, herpes), sleep disturbances, moodiness, cognitive decline, and tremors. Systems affected by B12 deficiency: neurological; hematologic; immunologic; vascular; gastrointestinal; musculoskeletal; genitourinary.

In Which Foods Is Vitamin B12 Found?

Large amounts are found in liver, beef, salmon, trout, tuna, sardines and clams. Smaller amounts are available in eggs, yogurt, cheese and cereal products fortified with vitamin B12.

If I Take Daily Vitamin B12 Supplements Are Vitamin B12 Injections Still Beneficial?

Absolutely. Injections bypass the digestive tract and can cross the blood-brain barrier. As a result, injectable vitamin B12 has a more direct route to the cells, is readily metabolized, and you feel the benefits faster!

How Quickly Do You Notice Results From Vitamin B12 Injections?

Usually, results are felt within the first shot, unless you are significantly vitamin B12 deficient.

How long will B12 from the injection remain in my body?

The length of time that B12 from the injection remains in one's body varies from person to person. It depends if the person has a B12 deficiency to begin with and the person's lifestyle.

For How Many Weeks Do I Need To Receive B12 Injections?

Typically, we recommend getting three injections within 3-4 weeks or ten injections within 12 weeks. At the end of this cycle, review with your healthcare professional the improvements in your health, your overall health goals and determine an appropriate schedule for future injections. Everyone has unique health needs and objectives. Five injections within 6 weeks might benefit one patient, while another may need more doses over a longer period.

What Form Of Vitamin B12 Do You Use At Got Vitamin B12?

We use Methylcobalamin which is the superior, most bioactive form of injectable vitamin B12.

Are There Side Effects From Vitamin B12 Injections?

Slight bruising and/or soreness at the injection site can occur. There are no known toxic effects when administered at appropriate levels. Allergic reactions can happen with any intramuscular injection. The Naturopathic doctors who administer and oversee the injections at Got Vitamin B12, are trained and prepared to treat any reaction.  

Will A Vitamin B12 Injection Interfere With My Medications?

No. There are no known contraindications with any medications.

Can I Get Labs To Measure My Vitamin B12 Level?

Yes, we recommend measuring vitamin B12, homocysteine, and MMA to determine the most accurate level of vitamin B12 in your body. Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism. When present in high concentrations, as determined by a blood test, it has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) is a compound that reacts with vitamin B12 to create energy. It’s the most accurate test known to measure vitamin B12 levels.  

How Do I Check How Many Shots I Have Remaining My Package?

This can be done easily by creating an online profile on our system. To do so, please use this link and click "Need new password?" and enter the email address that you used when first registered at one of our happy hours. Once registered, you can:

  • View balance (remaining shots) on your account

  • Access our online store where you can purchase individual shots, packages, or gift cards for an upcoming Happy Hour

  • Update your account information

Can I Mix and Match Shots if I Purchase a Shot Package?

If you purchase a "Cocktail Shot Package" you can choose any Cocktail shot on our menu. If you purchase a "Premium Shot Package" you may redeem this for any Premium shot on the menu.

Where do you source the ingredients for your injections?

We get our injectable vitamin solutions from various compounding pharmacies in California.

What Does it Mean to be a "B12 Beginner"?

A "B12 Beginner" is someone who has never received a B12 injection before. If you are a B12 Beginner, our doctors recommend a maximum of two vitamins per injection (including vitamin B12). They make this recommendation to better understand your response to specific the vitamins. By starting you off with two vitamins, the doctors are able to tailor future shots to your body and health goals.  

Why can't i get a premium injection on my first visit?

Premium injections are not available for a "B12 beginner" because the injections tend to be a bit more complicated as the ingredients are usually in higher doses and they can sometimes lead to a burning sensation that can last for a few minutes after the injection. 

Does Got Vitamin B12 Accept Insurance?

Got Vitamin B12 does not bill your insurance company directly. Payment at the time of the service is required.

What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?

Got Vitamin B12 accepts cash, check, and all major credit cards.

What Is Your Return Policy?

Unused packages, membership, series, and opened products may not be returned or refunded for any reason. However, packages and series never expire and can be used at any of our Bay Area locations.

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