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Vitamin B12 Injections In Toronto

Vitamin B12

Did you know that Vitamin B12 ( Such as Cobalamin or Methylcobalamin) is also called the “energy vitamin”?

It’s considered the most versatile of all vitamins due to its vast range of abilities, including influencing fundamental nerve functions, processing carbs and fats, forming red blood cells, and producing DNA. Vitamin B12 has positive effects on both body and mind.

Naturally, B12 deficiency can lead to many health-related issues, the most common being weight gain. Vitamin B12 is used to catalyze weight loss, so being B12 deficient can affect your fitness and health goals. The body cannot produce vitamin B12 on its own, so you need to keep your Vitamin B12 consumption on track through food and supplements or you can get Vitamin B12 Injections Toronto at Rejuvenus Clinic of Aesthetics.

What is Vitamin B12 ?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for red blood cell production, neurological function, cell metabolism and energy production as well as DNA synthesis. Optimal B12 level is involved in lowering homocysteine, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular events.

Vitamin B12 is absorbed in the gut with the help of stomach acid and intrinsic factor, a protein made by the stomach lining cells. Food sources of vitamin B12 include animal proteins (eggs, meat, diary, fish) therefore strict vegetarians and vegans could become deficient and need to supplement.

Why Vitamin B12 Injections?

Vitamin B12 injections are effective in reversing a deficiency in individuals who have issues absorbing the vitamin from food sources or supplements. The absorption is usually impaired in elderly population, in individuals with low stomach acid or stomach surgery, inflammatory bowel disease or other causes of malabsorption such as medications (e.g. Metformin), parasites, etc.

Methylcobalamin (methyl B12) is the active form of the vitamin, preferred by medical practitioners. The methyl group makes B12 readily available for the brain to use it, and the benefits of methyl B12 extend to the processes of detoxification (heavy metals, hormones) which involve the methylation pathway.

What Are the Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

The following signs may point to your B12 level being low, and a simple diagnostic test can confirm whether the cause of these symptoms is indeed a Vitamin B12 deficiency:

  • Depression, Anxiety

  • Low Energy

  • Memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, and cognitive difficulties

  • Dizziness and Mental fatigue

  • Anemia (pernicious) or Iron Deficiency Anemia

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Neurological symptoms (cognitive impairment, dementia, numbness in extremities, headaches)

  • Odd sensations such as numbness or tingling around your arms, legs, and hands.

  • Inability to walk without a struggle due to balancing issues.

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Weight gain

  • Muscle Cramps

  • Shortness of breath

  • Erratic moods and possible signs of mental health disorders such as depression

  • Irregular or halted menstruation

  • Hair Loss

What Are the Benefits of a Vitamin B12 Injection?

The overarching benefits of Vitamin B12 injections are that they will boost the production of red blood cells, help the body convert carbohydrates and maintain the functioning and balance of your nervous system. There are a host of other peripheral benefits which can be easily observed on a day-to-day basis:

Aids in Weight Loss

Vitamin B12 facilitates the conversion of fats that we consume through our diet into energy. Its involvement in the fat metabolism process has prompted researchers to study the effects of B12 deficiency on obesity. Several studies have linked B12 deficiency to obesity and a study concluded that B12 deficiency could also lead to a higher percentage of fat accumulation. B12 deficiency can reduce energy levels and therefore make it harder to stay active and maintain a healthy weight. Think of it this way: More energy -> more capacity to handle stress -> fewer chances of burn-out and anxiety -> no extreme fluctuations in stress-induced weight.

Helps Reduce Stress

Vitamin B12, as much as it is called the energy vitamin, is also known as the anti-stress vitamin. It repairs your immune system and nervous system and keeps other potential health concerns such as a malfunctioning thyroid in check. With a healthy nervous system, over-production of the ‘stress hormone’ that causes the ‘fight or flight response’ (cortisol) can be prevented. Healthy levels of Vitamin B12 are crucial to avoid chronic stress and fatigue.

Helps Overcome Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of B12 deficiency.  While there are many reasons why someone could feel fatigued, B12 is a part of the picture and correcting the deficiency can greatly improve energy levels.

Aids in Treatment for Depression

Many factors can lead to you getting diagnosed with depression, and some patients may have to be on long-term medication to battle depression. Having sufficient levels of B12 has been linked to improved response to antidepressant medications.

Protects Against Heart Diseases

A study about cardiovascular diseases among vegetarians found that if the lack of Vitamin B12 in vegetarian diets is not balanced with supplements or injections, then the cardiovascular benefits of vegetarian food will become redundant. That means that even though there seems to be no link between high Vitamin B12 levels and risk of heart diseases, there is enough of a relationship for you to prioritize Vitamin B12-rich foods in your vegetarian/vegan diet to gain full advantage of the many benefits related to heart disease.

Conditions That May Benefit from B12 Injections

  • Celiac disease – Celiac patients may have micronutrient deficiencies, one of which includes Vitamin B12. This can lead to neurological problems, and so, streamlining Vitamin B12 levels through B12 injections is an option worth exploring.

  • Crohn’s disease – Those with Crohn’s disease may suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency because of a surgery that makes it difficult for orally administered Vitamin B12 to get absorbed in the body after the digestive system is operated upon. For such individuals, B12 injections will come in handy.

  • Diabetes – Studies have shown that those with Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetes have a higher tendency to have insufficient Vitamin B12 in their body. Diabetes Type 2 include adopting a specific diet that contains healthy fats and proteins that are usually rich in Vitamin B12.

  • Migraines – Although there is no concrete research forging a direct link between migraines and B12 injections, those with migraines can benefit from Vitamin B12 injections since high Vitamin B12 levels can help with high levels of homocysteine, and thus, reduce the intensity of the migraine.

  • Nerve pain (caused by diabetes, radiation, chemotherapy, etc.) – Since Vitamin B12 balances the nervous system, a lack of it can lead to nerve damage and degeneration of the spinal cord. Vitamin B12 injections will help in this case.

  • Thyroid disease – Naturopathic treatments for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis include addressing Vitamin B12 levels. As Thyroid disorders can impact your mental health, it might be worth exploring if thyroid disease is the cause of emotional and mental health issues. Checking your B12 level and possibly incorporating B12 injections might be your naturopath’s suggested treatment route.

Our medical parctitioners are qualified to administer intramuscular Methyl B12 injections as part of their treatment plans where indicated. Book a complementary consultation to learn more.

Why Choose Rejuvenus Clinic ?

Figuring the intricacies surrounding Vitamin B12 injections might seem overwhelming. This introductory guide will help you recognize that it might be time to contact a medical professional if you are facing symptoms that indicate a B12 deficiency. With most of the preliminary details mentioned here, you are now more informed and can be more involved in the treatment process by asking the right questions.

Vitamin B12 is one of the most crucial nutrients that our body processes. Not having enough of it or not knowing that your body cannot process Vitamin B12 may lead to long-lasting detrimental effects. Take the first step to addressing potential Vitamin B12 deficiencies to build a healthy version of you by scheduling a consultation or initial patient visit! At Rejuvenus Clinic in Toronto, you will receive holistic vitamin therapy through B12 injections as per a comprehensively tailored plan that meets your requirements and concerns. If you wish to receive more information and/or make an appointment, please contact us at 647.615.0223.

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