Our busy lifestyles mean that many of us are unknowingly deficient in key vitamins and minerals that are essential for the optimum performance of the body. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in many of the body’s functions and a deficiency in this valuable vitamin will quickly make itself known.

It’s water-soluble which means the body does not store it and many of us are susceptible to not getting enough B12 from our diets. So, what exactly is a vitamin B12 injection?

What Is A Vitamin B12 Injection?

A vitamin B12 injection is typically prescribed by doctors for those suffering from low
vitamin B12 levels. A B12 injection normally contains one form of B12 and can be any of the four types of B12 available including Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, Cyanocobalamin and Hydroxocobalamin.

What Are The Health Benefits of Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 can help boost your body’s energy levels by preventing fatigue, helping you to lose weight and also by lowering the risk of heart disease and other serious health concerns. It’s also essential for the health of your skin, hair and nails.

Its other benefits include boosting your brainpower by slowing down memory loss, alleviating anxiety and aiding sleep.

Read on to find out more about each of the health benefits of Vitamin B12.

1. Prevents Fatigue

Vitamin B12 is required for the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients around the body. Many patients suffering from a B12 deficiency visit their GP complaining of tiredness and fatigue.

2. Gives You an Energy Boost

B12 assists in the process of converting food into glucose, which the body requires for energy production.

3. Improves Brain Power

Vitamin B12 plays a role in supporting mental and cognitive performance.

4. Lowers The Risk of Heart Disease

B12 lowers levels of a compound known as homocysteine which is linked to an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.

5. Slows Down Memory Loss

Vitamin B12 can slow down memory loss – a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the use of lower and higher serum vitamin B12 concentrations in ageing patients and found that those who’d had the higher dose performed better in memory tasks.

6. Protects Yourself Against Cancer & Other Diseases

B12 has been found to be key in preventing and combatting a number of serious health concerns, including various types of cancer.

7. Helps You Lose Weight

B12 boosts your metabolism, so increasing levels of this vitamin can be invaluable support if you’re trying to lose weight through diet. Its energy-giving benefits will also aid your efforts in the gym.

8. Alleviates Anxiety

B12 can help fight mood swings, loss of focus and depression in a number of ways. One way it does this is by synthesising melatonin, dopamine and serotonin, the chemical messengers that influence your moods.

9. Aids Sleep

As well as regulating your mood, melatonin also controls your sleeping patterns and if you’re suffering from a B12 deficiency, a common side effect is being unable to sleep and then feeling tired throughout the day.

10. Helps Improve Your Appearance

B12 is essential for the health of your skin, hair and nails as it plays a role in cell reproduction and therefore the renewal of your skin.

IV nutrient therapy at IV health clinics is fast becoming the preferred method for ensuring you’re getting adequate vitamins and minerals. At IV Boost UK, many of our vitamin drips contain B12, but we also offer a B12 vitamin shot to those who want an instant delivery of this powerhouse vitamin to exactly where it is needed.

For more information, check out our article on “The Four Types of Vitamin B12: Which One Is Right for You?”.