B12 Shot Clinics
Vitamin B12 Shots
B12 Shot Clinics is a preventative health clinic. We offer Vitamin B12 injections at an affordable cost. You can make an appointment the same day or next day.
Our Vitamin B12 shots are $29.00 per shot.
Our B12 package offers a discounted price and is $200.00 for 10 shots offering a savings of $90.00!
What is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin. It is also known as Cobalamin. The only source of Vitamin B12 in the diet is animal products such as meat and dairy products. Vitamin B12 is generally not found in vegetables. It is also present in fortified breakfast cereals.
What is the role of VitaminB12?
Vitamin B12 services many vital functions such as:
- Neurological function
- DNA Synthesis
- Red blood cell formation
- Homocysteine metabolism
- Energy metabolism
What are the effects of Low Vitamin B12?
- Reduced Cognitive Function
- Elevated homocysteine levels (which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease)
- Long term nerve damage if left untreated
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Mood disorders
What are the benefits of Vitamin B12?
- Boost your energy: The vitamin has a major role in burning fats and carbohydrates for energy and we know Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms causes fatigue or even exhaustion.
- Improve your mood: B12 plays an indirect but important role with neurotransmitters and deficiencies in VitaminB12 are linked with mood disorders
- Brain health: B12 reduces levels of homocysteine, increased levels of homocysteine are linked to an increase risk of Alzheimer’s.
- Prevent cardiovascular disease: Elevated homocysteine levels are also a risk factor of cardiovascular disease due to damage of the arteries and higher risk for buildup of plaque in the arteries
- Strong bones: VitaminB12 also plays a role that is required for building strong bones.
What can cause low Vitamin B12?
Absorption of Vitamin B12 from the diet can vary depending on factors such as:
- Adequate dietary intake
- Amount of acid in the stomach
- Intrinsic Factor (a protein in the stomach that helps with B12 absorption)
Medical Reasons that cause Vitamin B12 deficiency:
- Gastric Bypass surgery or surgical malabsorption
- Genetic mutations in the receptors that help with absorption
- Vegan diet (due to lack of meat and dairy products) or dietary deficiency
- Pernicious anemia (autoimmune disease affecting gastric mucosa and resulting in gastric atrophy).
- People who take certain medications for ulcers or acid reflux disease called proton pump inhibitors(ex.) Prilosec and Prevacid; and H2 receptor antagonists ex.) Pepcid and Zantac
- People who take Metformin for diabetes
Who is affected?
Older adults have 10-30% risk of having atrophic gastritis. Atrophic gastritis decreases secretion of acid in the stomach resulting in decreased absorption of vitamin b12. Thus, Vitamin B12 naturally present in food is not absorbed.
People who have disorders that affect the stomach such as celiac disease and crohn’s disease may also not be able to absorb enough Vitamin B12.
Strict Vegetarians and vegans are at risk of inadequate Vitamin B12 due to limited animal foods.
Why a B12 Shot instead of a pill or sublingual tablet?
The National Institute of Health states that in healthy people, only about 10 mcg of a 500 mcg oral supplement is actually absorbed. Research has found no difference in absorption between oral and sublingual Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 given as an injection bypasses the barriers to absorption in the GI tract resulting in improved absorption.
How often should I have Vitamin B12 injections?
Most people notice the benefits of Vitamin B12 with injections once monthly, although we can provide the injection as often as every 2 weeks.
If you have a medical condition that requires Vitamin B12 injections more frequently, just bring in a note from your Health Care Provider.
Fortunately, Vitamin B12 has a very low potential for toxicity and the Institute of Medicine states that there are no adverse effects associated with excess vitamin b12 intake from food and supplements in healthy individuals.