Vitamin B12 Injections
It is estimated that 6 million people are B12 deficient in the UK, which such a high number and the increasing number of people adopting vegan and vegetarian lifestyles its good to be aware of some of the symptoms of low Vitamin B12.
Typical symptoms will include:
Loss of appetite
Pins and needles
Loss of sensation in fingers and toes
Sight and memory problems
Mood changes and depression
Where does B12 come from?
Vitamin B12 mostly comes from animal food sources such as meat, eggs, fish and milk. There are very little plant sources that contain Vitamin B12 apart from small amounts in some yeast products.
Our bodies will store several years worth of B12 in the Liver. However, if it is not replenished these reserves will run out.
We can become B12 deficient for several reasons:
We do not consume enough through our diet. As it is rare in plant based foods, vegan and vegetarians may find they become low on B12.
The gut may have problems with absorbing certain vitamins and minerals, perhaps due to a condition or illness such as Pernicious Anaemia, Crohns and Coeliac disease.
Certain medications for conditions linked with Acid Reflux, Type 2 Diabetes and some Contraceptive pills.
Excessive consumption of alcohol.
The body may require more B12 than is supplied. Increased activity or exercise demands more for cell recovery.
Age, it has been considered that over the age of 60, the body has less ability to absorb Vitamin B12.
What does Vitamin B12 do and why do we need it?
Our cells need B12 to create DNA and to aid the metabolism of fats and proteins in the body.
B12 is used in the brain by the nerve cells which use it to create an insulating coat allowing them to transmit their electrical impulses.
The body needs it to grow re blood cells. The body produces less red blood cells if it is low on B12. Those it does make are enlarged which will be less able to carry oxygen.
A deficiency has been linked to problems with fertility.
How do I know if I am deficient?
The only way to know for sure is a blood test. If you do suspect you have a deficiency or are suffering from several of the above mentioned symptoms it is always best to see your Doctor and express your concerns.
We also recommend an at home blood testing from Medichecks
How can I increase my B12?
We offer a Vitamin B12 injection which can be administered as a course of treatments or a top up treatment. If you have been diagnosed with a deficiency it would be advised to have a course to replenish your levels then follow up with a monthly injection to maintain levels.
How much will it cost?
A weekly course of 4 £120
One Injection £35