Vitamin B12 Injections and Weight Loss: How Does it Work?



Vitamin B12 Injections and Weight Loss How Does it Work

Do you feel like you’re doing everything right when it comes to weight loss or healthy living, but sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough coffee in the world to wake you up?

You could be low on B vitamins, specifically vitamin B12. This mega-nutrient impacts everything from metabolism to energy to nerve function, so it is important that you are getting the appropriate amount.

Instead of adding yet another large supplement pill to your diet (which isn’t always effective), consider getting a Vitamin B12 injection. They’re more efficient, thought to be more bio-available, and they’ll give you a boost of energy from the inside out.

What is Vitamin B12? 

Let’s start with the basics. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that your body can’t make on its own, which means you’ll need to get it from an outside source, like food or supplements.

Everyone needs this vitamin, even if they’re not trying to lose weight. It helps with nerve function, DNA repair, and red blood cell health (to name a few functions).

Animal proteins are the easiest way to get B12. You’ll find it in all meats, eggs, and dairy products. If you’ve been reducing your intake of these foods to improve your health, you’ll need to find an outside source.

When you eat something with B12, it binds to the proteins in your stomach called an “intrinsic factor” and gets digested in your small intestine. Once digested, B12 is used for cell repair functions and metabolic energy.

How Do You Know if You Need More B12? 

The only true way to find out if you have a vitamin B12 deficiency is to undergo metabolic testing at your doctor’s office. That can be expensive, however, so there are other telltale signs that providers look out for.

People with low levels of B12 usually have a heavy amount of fatigue, even when they have no reason to be tired. They may feel weak throughout the day, have tingles or numbness in the extremities, or feel down & depressed. Your vitamin levels can affect your mental health.

Can You Take Too Much B12? 

When it comes to vitamins and minerals, dangerous amounts are called upper limits.

However, there is no upper limit for B12, as your body will simply eliminate any extra that you don’t need. That means there’s no reason not to try a B12 supplement shot if you identify with any of the symptoms above.

Why Get an Injection? 

Getting an injection of B12 into your muscle tissue skips the “middleman” steps of stomach and small intestine absorption, so the vitamins can get right into your system. It’s quicker and thought to be easier for your body to use (bioavailable) than taking it in pill form.

Most of our patients come in for B12 shots when they need a boost, but you can use it for weight loss and weight management every week or every other for the best results.

Getting Your B12 Levels Up at Victory Medical

Interested in coming to get a B12 shot? The entire process, including checking in and out takes less than 20 minutes. That’s about how long it takes to get through a coffee drive-through these days, and vitamin B12 is much more effective than caffeine.

Like we said above, it can’t hurt to try, so schedule your shot online, today.