Vitamin B-12 is an important part of overall nutrition, but many Americans don’t get enough of this nutrient through diet alone. That’s why Jerome Washington, MD, and Valerie Calzada, MSN, RN, FNP-C, of LUNA MED SPA & WASHINGTON OB-GYN, P.A., in San Antonio, Texas, offer B-12 shots as part of their overall health and wellness services. If you’re ready to give this approach a try, scheduling a visit is as simple as calling the office or booking one online.
Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that supports numerous bodily functions, including DNA production, nerve cells, and red blood cells. Researchers understand that vitamin B-12 also helps support healthy brain function, and there is evidence to support B-12 as an important factor in weight loss.
The vitamin is naturally found in many animal-based foods. However, in order to absorb vitamin B-12, you need a protein called intrinsic factor, which the stomach produces.
Consuming foods like meat, fish, dairy, eggs, and nutritional yeast can increase your vitamin B-12 levels, but supplementation is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough B-12 to support your daily needs.
Routine blood work can determine if you have a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Many people who do not get enough of this nutrient eventually develop a condition called pernicious anemia, which can lead to serious health problems.
Your provider might also recommend B-12 injections to improve health conditions like depression, osteoporosis, cognitive issues, and age-related macular degeneration.
Most people are great candidates for vitamin B-12 shots. Some of the conditions that can lead to a vitamin B-12 deficiency include:
Vegans and vegetarians are also at an elevated risk for vitamin B-12 deficiency. Your provider at LUNA MED SPA & WASHINGTON OB-GYN, P.A. can review your personal and family health history as well as the results of blood work to determine if this option is a good fit for your unique set of needs.
When administered by a trained medical professional, vitamin B-12 shots are safe. The injections are placed in your muscle tissue, allowing for a slower absorption rate than intravenous therapy.
You can also take oral vitamin B-12 supplements, but research shows that a significant portion of oral supplements passes intact through the digestive system. That means you flush a portion of the supplement down the toilet.
If you have questions about the role vitamin B-12 shots could play in your overall health and wellness, schedule a visit by calling the LUNA MED SPA & WASHINGTON OB-GYN, P.A. office or booking an appointment online today.