B-12 Injections Q&A


B-12 Injections

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient, which means you must get it from food or supplements. However, even when getting enough vitamin B12, the nutrient can be hard to absorb. Not getting enough vitamin B12 affects energy and brain power. Gentera Center for Precision Medicine in Coral Gables, Florida, and Los Angeles, California, near Beverly Hills, offers vitamin B12 injections to ensure you get an adequate supply of this essential nutrient. Call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and part of the B complex of vitamins. Your body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and support the structure and function of your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). 

Unlike other B vitamins, vitamin B12 is only naturally in animal products like milk, meat, chicken, and seafood. 

Additionally, vitamin B12 must be released from the protein that binds it and then attaches to another substance before absorption. That requires an acidic stomach and a substance known as intrinsic factor. 

If you follow a vegan diet that omits all animal products or you lack the ability to absorb vitamin B12 because you don't make enough intrinsic factor, you may have a deficiency.

What are vitamin B12 injections?

Vitamin B12 injections provide your body with the essential nutrient without going through your digestive system. Instead, the providers at Gentera Center for Precision Medicine inject the vitamin directly into your body. 

Am I a candidate for vitamin B12 injections?

When you visit Gentera Center for Precision Medicine, your provider conducts a thorough physical and history to fully understand your health needs, concerns, and goals. 

You may be a candidate for vitamin B12 injections if your provider has concerns that you're not getting an adequate supply of the essential nutrient through your diet or your blood work indicates a nutritional deficiency. 

You may also be a candidate if you’re struggling with low energy or you’re having a hard time losing weight. 

What can I expect after vitamin B12 injections?

Your provider at Gentera Center for Precision Medicine administers vitamin B12 at the office. Injections take only a few minutes, and there’s no downtime. 

You may feel an immediate boost in energy and mood following your vitamin B12 injection. Depending on your needs, your provider at Gentera Center for Precision Medicine may recommend repeating injections to maintain nutritional health.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, so your body is unable to store the nutrient for later use. That means you need a regular source for your body to function at its best. 

Find out more about vitamin B12 injections by calling Gentera Center for Precision Medicine or booking an appointment online today.