B12 injections help many people to feel revived and recharged when the rigors of life threaten to leave them depleted. Patients throughout Colorado visit our ThriveMD clinics in Louisville for B12 shots that allow them to live for peak play, peak work and peak performance. Our team at ThriveMD is here to help you learn more about this popular supplementation option for maintaining prime health!

Why Is Vitamin B12 Important for a Healthy, High-Performance Body?

Vitamin B12 is one of those building-block vitamins that we really rely on when trying to live a healthy life at full speed. What’s more, we can get into a lot trouble when we don’t get the levels of vitamin B12 needed to function properly. This water-soluble vitamin assists with the production of DNA, red blood cells and nerve cells.

The biggest danger associated with low B12 is pernicious anemia that triggers an inability to produce enough red blood cells. Many people also experience neurological problems when deficient in B12. Common symptoms of B12 deficiency include:

  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Breathlessness
  • Headaches
  • Pale skin
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tinnitus
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood issues
  • Pins-and-needles feelings
  • Sore, red tongue
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Memory issues
  • Cognitive issues
  • Behavioral changes

While some symptoms of B12 deficiency are associated with the actual lack of B12 in your body, others are caused by the anemia that occurs as a result of inadequate B12 levels. Many people are able to spot a B12 deficiency based on how they look and feel. A simple blood test can confirm a diagnosis.

What Are the Benefits of B12 Injections?

B12 injections can assist with health and vitality in a variety of ways. B12 is known to support eye health, hearth health, bone health and cell synthesis. It’s also known to help with “beautification” by promoting healthier hair, nails and skin. B12 also supports emotional and mental health by fueling things like memory and energy levels.

Who Might Need Vitamin B12 Shots?

Anyone can benefit from B12 shots. Many people take them preemptively when they know they are getting “run down” due to things like heavy work schedules, travel or physical training for an athletic pursuit. A B12 deficiency can happen to anyone. The most common cause is simply falling into a dietary plan that lacks the right amount of B12-rich foods. Vegans can be especially susceptible to B12 deficiencies simply because eggs, meat and milk are some of the “easiest” ways to get adequate amounts of B12.

What to Expect When Getting a B12 Injection

B12 shots are very effective at raising B12 levels in the body. While you may want to consider making long-term lifestyle and dietary changes to help you maintain B12 levels consistently, a B12 shot can be a great starting point for reestablishing B12 levels quickly to help you start feeling better. A B12 injection is administered into muscle. While there aren’t generally any side effects to B12 shots, you may have some temporary itching or redness at the injection site.

Frequently Asked Questions About B12 Injections

You’ll typically notice the benefits of a B12 shot for a full week. This can be great for getting out a B12 slump while you focus on replenishing B12 levels through diet if you’ve identified a B12 deficiency.

Getting a B12 shot once per month is very common for people suffering from B12 deficiencies. At ThrivMD, we can look at your health profile to help you determine a frequency that will optimize the benefits of B12 injections as part of your total wellness plan.

In addition to B12, vitamin C, vitamin B complex and vitamin D can all be administered by injection.