Vitamin B12 Injection (Methylcobalamin)

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is one of the eight B complex vitamins which helps the body convert food into fuel. Vitamin B12 is especially important for maintaining healthy nerve cells and proper brain function and is crucial in the formation of red blood cells and DNA. Methylcobalamin is the one of the two naturally-occuring coenzyne forms of vitamin b12.

Our body does not produce vitamin B12 so we have to obtain it either from animal-based foods or from supplements. Like all B vitamins, vitamin B12 is water-soluble, meaning it dissolves in water and travels through the bloodstream. Since our bodies do not store it for a long time, we need to get it on a regular basis.

Certain factors make absorption of vitamin B12 harder:

  • - Age - as we get order, it becomes harder for the body to absorb Vitamin B12
  • - Gastritis - stomach problem
  • - Consumption of anti-acid medications
  • - Certain conditions in the small intestine such as Crohn's disease, celiac disesase, parasite or bacterial growth
  • - Anemia
  • - Immune system disorders
  • - Vegan diet
  • - Vegeterians who don't consume enough eggs or dairy products


Why should it be taken in injection form?

It is obvious that Individuals who have difficulty absorbing Vitamin B12, will not benefit from oral intake of Vitamin B12; therefore, the best way of getting Vitamin B12 is in injection form, where it is administered in the gluteus without going through the digestion system. The best form of vitamin B12 is methylcobalamin, which is offered at our clinic.

How much vitamin B12 is required in injection form?

The amount of vitamin B12 required varies depending on individuals’ needs. Usually, administration of 1000 mcg to 2000 mcg is required weekly or monthly.



Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency


Vitamin B12 deficiency, if left untreated, can lead to symptoms such as:

  • - Fatigue
  • - Low energy
  • - Insomnia
  • - Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • - Depression or anxiety
  • - Constipation, diarrhea, gas
  • - Heart palpitation
  • - Shortness of breath
  • - Anemia
  • - Dizziness
  • - Menstruation problems
  • - Foggy head
  • - Headache
  • - Muscle weakness
  • - Carpal tunnel


Benefits of Vitamin B12 Injections


This injection provides the following benefits:

  • - Accelerating overall metabolic rate
  • - Boosting energy
  • - Regulating mood
  • - Relieving depression
  • - Maintaining healthy liver
  • - Improving immune system
  • - Breaking down fat cells and helping with weight loss
  • - Reducing anxiety
  • - Improving hair, nails and skin


Risks of Vitamin B12 Injection

Risks of vitamin B12 include shortness of breath, chest pain, sudden vision changes. These side effects occur if individuals attempt to self-administer the injection (over-dose) without the supervision of a medical professional. In order to reduce the chances of risks associated with vitamin B12 shots, we always perform an assessment to find out the required dosage based on individuals’ needs. At Zahra Acupuncture, we will always test the B12 under the skin and observe it for 20 minutes to ensure that my patients are not allergic to B12 before administering it in the gluteus.

What can you expect after B12 injection?

Most of our patients experience great loads of energy, less tiredness, and better sleep quality even after the first shot. Individuals who receive the B12 shots weekly to lose weight, report loss of appetite and more energy to exercise.



About Our Clinic


If you are looking for a clinic in the North Shore, Zahra will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Our North Vancouver clinic is conveniently located at Access Health & Wellness Centre, at Lonsdale Avenue.

Vitamin B12 injections are covered by extended health if you have acupuncture coverage.

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