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The Benefits of Vitamin B12 by Dr. Haven Ritchie
Many Sierra Sun readers may be interested to know that vitamin B12 injections can help to revitalize those suffering from fatigue. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system and the formation of the blood. B12 is bound to proteins in foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and fortified cereals and is released when being digested in the stomach. Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy skin, hair, nails, cell reproduction, a healthy digestive system, and also protects against cancers including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer. Vitamin B12 is also needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, leading to more efficient energy production which decreases fatigue.
Many people have difficulty absorbing B12 into their systems, due to high levels of stress that their bodies are enduring or while experiencing certain medical conditions. Vitamin B12 is also lost when alcohol is consumed. Inadequate intake or absorption of B12 can cause fatigue, and severe deficiencies can cause neurological problems or anemia. Vitamin B12 can be taken orally or as drops under the tongue, but taking a supplement by mouth may not provide sufficient amounts of this needed energy booster due to poor absorption. Strict vegetarians, heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant or breast-feeding women, and the elderly are suggested to take vitamin B12 supplements or injections to receive their adequate daily intake.
At Sierra Cosmetic Laser, B12 injections are offered at an affordable cost of $15 per injection. I recommend that patients start with one injection per week for four weeks and then one per month after, until energy levels are back to normal and they are feeling better. Once a patient has gone through the treatments and their body returns to a normal healthy state, they can stop in for a vitamin B12 injection whenever they feel the need for it. Vitamin B12 injections are extremely safe as whatever your body does not absorb, will be filtered out of the body by the kidneys.