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Is it worth having vitamin B12 injections? - MedSkin ClinicMany people have vitamin deficiencies and won’t even know it, and these deficiencies are especially common when it comes to vitamin B12.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that comes most commonly in fish, poultry and meat products, which means that the most at-risk of having a deficiency are vegetarians and vegans. The vitamin (also known as cobalamin) is very important to a person’s development, as it helps with the creation of both DNA and red blood cells.

The low blood levels caused by a low level of red blood cells can lead to impaired brain function, depression, and there have even been studies that show that a deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to sight loss in the long run. This vitamin is essential to living a longer, healthier, and most importantly happier life.

Who is at risk?

As previously mentioned, vegetarians and vegans are especially at risk, as the vitamin is most commonly found in meat products. However, people who have previously had intestinal surgery are also at risk, as the vitamin itself is dependent on a healthy stomach. This also puts people with certain diseases, such as Crohn’s and celiac, at risk of a deficiency.

How often should vitamin injections be given?

B12 injections are recommended once every three months in order to get your red blood cell production back on track. After three months the effects will have become far less potent and another injection will be required to stop the deficiency from happening again. This consistency should allow the vitamin to do its job again and stop your body from developing the previously mentioned conditions that a deficiency can cause.

So are vitamin B12 injections worth it?

Absolutely. If you think you’re at risk of being deficient, it’s much better to be safe than sorry when the potential costs of inaction include a lower brain function and sight loss. Not only that, but there are great benefits to be had, with some reporting their mood improving, and feeling far more energised.

If you’re interested in B12 injections or think you might be at risk, call us on 0330 113 2640 for a quote. Our friendly team of experts have years of experience and will be able to help advise you on if vitamin injections are right for you.

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