Vitamin B12 is an important B-vitamin required for the formation and maturation of red blood cells and proper functioning of the nervous system, bone marrow, cardiovascular system and gastrointestinal tract.
How do I know if I'm low in B12?
You may experience one or more of the following symptoms..
- Fatigue/low energy
- Paleness, weakness, shortness of breath
- Dizziness, rapid heart rate
- Celiac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Poor digestion/food intolerances
- Numbness, tingling, sciatica, post-herpetic neuralgia
- Vibration and position senses alterations
- Vegetarian/Vegan diet
- Anxiety, depression or mood swings
- use of proton-pump inhibitors for gastrointestinal reflux
* Please note that all patients must have at least one initial consultation with our naturopathic doctor including relevant assessments prior to initiation of a vitamin B12 injection protocol
What causes Vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 is found primarily in animal products which is why diets restricted in these often require additional B12 supplementation. In order to absorb Vitamin B12, the body also requires intrinsic factor, a substance that is normally produced in the lining of the stomach. Any condition that alters stomach acid levels or damage to the gastrointestinal lining can alter Vitamin B12 levels. These conditions may include long-term use of Proton Pump Inhibitors, Irritable Bowel Disease, Celiac disease, untreated food allergies/sensitivities, chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal system and infections of H.pylori. Liver conditions may also impact the storage of Vitamin B12.
How is Vitamin B12 supplemented?
Vitamin B12 can be supplemented orally or injected. In either instance, the best absorbed form is methylcobalamin. This is the only type used and recommended in the clinic. Injections are well absorbed into the body as they bypass the digestive system and the need for intrinsic factor. However, sublingual Vitamin B12 supplements are widely available and well absorbed by those without any clear digestive concerns. Both Vitamin B12 injections and oral supplements are available at the clinic.
Proper assessment of Vitamin B12 deficiency is important before ruling out other causes of symptoms. A blood test is available to determine Vitamin B12 levels. This is often done in conjunction with assessment of folate levels.
How much does it cost?
5000 mcg injections $15.00 each
1000 mcg injections $12.00 each