Updated: Jul 16
People know cobalamin better as vitamin B12. This important water-soluble vitamin plays a crucial role in regulating the different functions of the body. It helps in the production of red blood cells and ensures that the bones of the body remain strong and healthy. At the same time, it ensures that the brain’s optimal functioning.
Vitamin B12 deficiency causes anemia, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, and nerve damage among a host of many other problems. It has also been linked with memory loss, depression and birth defects in babies.
Vegetarians and vegans are more susceptible to B12 deficiency because the vitamin is mostly found in animal foods.
However, they are not the only ones. Many people are not able to absorb B12 as efficiently as they should. Older people also face significant issues in absorbing and processing vitamin B12 from foods.
Athletes also usually take more than the recommended intake because they burn more energy than people engaging in normal, everyday activities.
Vitamin B12 Shots and IV-Infusions
If you are feeling tired all throughout the day even after sleeping on time and eating healthy, you might be suffering from B12 deficiency. Supplements are usually less effective because it depends on when you consume them. To top it all, most of it might be expelled as waste because it might not be absorbed properly by the gut.
Those with busy lifestyles can consider injections and infusions instead. These routes give the digestive system a break and reach the cells directly instead, which helps to take care of the deficiency more efficiently.
Studies suggest that B12 shots, when taken monthly, can improve the functioning of the immune system. However, B12 shots are recommended only when absolutely necessary. The patient’s medical history is thoroughly checked while keeping allergies, menstrual health, lifestyle and diet in mind. This is especially recommended by physicians in case of acute vitamin deficiency.
On the other hand, IV drips are a hot favorite among celebrities and socialites. These IV drips usually contain a cocktail of vitamins and minerals - along with vitamin B12 - which not only helps to tackle deficiencies but also enhances energy and skin health.
Talk to our experts at BC Wellness Center to know the course of treatment which will be best for you.