Approximately 85% of Americans are deficient in vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 lies at the core of our body’s ability to make DNA for new cells, turn the food we eat into energy to power our metabolism, and in forming healthy red blood cells. In the short term, insufficient B12 levels can lead to deep fatigue, mood changes, and dementia-like qualities, preventing you from feeling your best and performing at your highest energy level. In the long term, an unchecked vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to permanent nerve damage and even neuropathy, which is why it’s important to catch it early.
Even Dr. Oz recommends getting B12 through diet or supplements. However, if your body is having difficulties digesting B12 then injections may be necessary. At East West Health, our injections contain the highest absorbable form of B12 called Methylcobalamin, the most active form of the B12 family. This is what the body converts Cyanocobalamin into. This form of B12 is better absorbed than Cyanocobalamin because it is more bioavailable. Vitamin B12 is an essential component for proper digestion and absorption of foods and for normal metabolism of carbohydrates and fat. Methylcobalamin (B12) also interacts differently with certain neurotransmitters within the brain.
Regular Vitamin B12 recipients have reported:
- Improved energy and stamina
- Improved sleep quality and duration
- Improved memory
- Less frequent headaches and allergy attacks
As we grow older, we often have more difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food. In fact, a vitamin-B12 deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies. 85 percent of us come up short of the necessary B12 from our diet.
Absorption of B12 in food requires a substance from our stomachs called intrinsic factor, the production of which decreases with age. In fact, The American College of Physicians assumes that no one has intrinsic factor past age 70.
Vitamin B12 shots are most effective when taken at regular intervals, even daily in some cases and then monthly or every 14 days for maintenance. A regular schedule to receive the injections can be customized to each individual.
People with chronic fatigue or anemia require regular injections of vitamin B12 because the oral form is not dependable.