Benefits of B12 Shots Q&A
Vitamin B12 shots are injections that a doctor may recommend to address a vitamin B12 shortage. A vitamin B12 shortage can cause a variety of health issues, ranging from exhaustion to permanent neurological abnormalities. These injections can help your body regulate your sleep, mood, and appetite cycles, giving you a long-lasting energy boost. Dr. Joshua D. Dobstaff, MD, and his staff at InShape Medical would help you to get benefits from B12 injections. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 215 Cary, NC 27511.
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What does a B12 shot do for you?
How long does a B12 injection last?
How do I know if B12 injections are working?
Does B12 give you energy?
Even though vitamin B12 shots are most effective in those who have a deficiency in the vitamin, it is hard to know if you have a deficiency and most people will be able to experience the positive effects of regular vitamin B12 injections. Administration via injection is the most effective way to get the vitamin into your body and work as soon as possible, allowing you to experience the benefits in a matter of days. Vitamin B12 is necessary for the proper functioning of many different aspects of our bodies, and it can sometimes be too tricky to ensure that your diet is allowing you to reach sufficient levels of the vitamin regularly. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause fatigue, headaches, indigestion, problems with your vision, increase risk of obesity, and cognitive difficulties.
Vitamin B12 injections have been shown to offer a wide variety of benefits as vitamin B12 is vital to the overall functioning of the body and brain. Deficiencies of vitamin B12 are fairly common but it is difficult to know if you are deficient. Their primary benefit is that they provide a boost of energy and prevent fatigue, improving overall cognitive functioning including memory, and cognitive performance, and even helping with weight loss. Other benefits include:
• Decrease in anxiety
• Improvement of quality of sleep
• Heart health support
• Immunity boosting
• Prevents osteoporosis
• Eases symptoms of morning sickness and decreases the risk of birth defects during pregnancy
• Reduces the risk of macular degeneration
Additionally, vitamin B12 is one of the most important vitamins for hair, skin, and nail health, so another benefit of regular injections includes preventing hair loss and improving skin health and strength of the hair and nails.
While the effects of a vitamin B12 injected will become noticeable around 24 hours after administration, they will start to take effect almost immediately and will stay in your system for around 1 week, but may vary depending on the metabolic rate of the patient. The frequency at which you receive the injections will depend on the reason you are receiving the injections. For example, vitamin B12 shots for weight loss are typically administered weekly, or twice a week for fat-burning and boosting metabolism. The frequency of administration may decrease over time as well once the vitamin has been able to build up a bit in the body.
It may be difficult to determine the exact time when your vitamin B12 injections have started working, as many people will report noticing a difference in their energy levels within a few days following the shot, and others may not feel the increase in energy for multiple weeks if their body needs the vitamin to build up a bit more. Along with the increase in energy will likely be the increase in cognitive functioning, so you may notice an improvement in your memory and quality of sleep around the same time as the reduction in fatigue. The other benefits such as weight loss will be less noticeable and more gradual over time if the vitamin shots are continued.
Vitamin B12 is able to allow you to feel more energized and significantly reduces symptoms of fatigue. It accomplishes this increase in energy by helping to convert food molecules into energy. Ensuring that you have a sufficient amount of B12 in your body can help the body with this function much more reliably, allowing you to have the energy that you require for proper functioning throughout the day. It also helps to bring the stress hormone down to a healthy level in the nervous system, which is how vitamin B12 injections help to alleviate anxiety and decrease levels of fatigue, as well as boost your metabolism at the same time. You will not notice an energy boost immediately following the injection as the vitamin needs some time to start getting to work in the body to convert those food molecules, but you should notice increased levels of energy within a few days.
If you are lacking vitamin B12 then B12 injections would be the right choice for you. Dr. Joshua D. Dobstaff, MD and his dedicated team offer B12 injections at InShape Medical to help you raise your energy levels, strengthen your skeleton, elevate mood, and enhance cognition. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 107 Edinburgh S. Drive, Suite 215 Cary, NC 27511. We serve clients from Cary NC, Raleigh NC, Durham NC, Chapel Hill NC, Apex NC, Pittsboro NC, and Garner NC.