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 or 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 take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people.

What Are The Benefits Of VitaminB12 Injections?

  • Increased energy and metabolism

  • Enhanced neurological health

  • Minimized seasonal and environmental allergies

  • Decreased irritability (PMS, hormonal imbalances)

  • Improved athletic endurance

  • Enhanced vascular health

  • Helps stabilize symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and mood disorders 

  • May benefit 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. Given the enormous increase of digestive issues and daily stressors (alcohol, environmental pollutants, aging, medications) it’s not a surprise that so many of us are low in 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 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.

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.

What Foods Are Vitamin B12 Found In?

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.

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.

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 more quickly!

How Fast Do You See Results from Vitamin B12 injections?

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

How long are Vitamin B12 injections needed?

Typically, we recommend getting three injections within 3-4 weeks or 10 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. Once again, everyone’s health needs are unique. Five injections in 6-7 weeks might benefit one patient, while another needs more doses over a longer period.

How old must i be to get an injection?

You must be 18 years of age or older to receive an injection (ID may be required) unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

Are Vitamin B12 Injections Safe For Kids?

Yes, they are water soluble, so we're not concerned about toxicity. And there is an emerging body of literature that supports usingVitamin B12 with children on the autism spectrum.

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 injections. Naturopathic Doctors, who administer and oversee Vitamin B12 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.  

Do I need to make an appointment to get an injection at Got Vitamin B12?

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

New to vitamin b12? Not sure what injection to get? 

No worries. Visit any of our B12 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 10-15 minutes. However, this can vary by day and location. 

Who administers the injections?

Licensed Naturopathic Doctors and trained Naturopathic Medical Assistants administer the injections.

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.

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. 

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 enter your name under "New to our site?". 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 Vitamin B12 Happy Hour

  • Update your account information

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 they can be used at any of our Bay Area locations.


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