Even in the most developed areas of the world, many are still not as healthy as they could be. Nearly 10% of Americans have some type of nutritional deficiency — often in vitamins.
Vitamins are organic compounds that every human needs. Each vitamin plays a different but unique role in your health. Vitamin B12, for example, is essential for a healthy nervous system and red blood cell production, among other things.
Because it’s so important to your health and functioning, Dr. Michael Skardasis and our team at Optimal Performance Medicine offer B12 injections. Here are some ways to know if you can benefit from B12 injections.
You’re not getting vitamin B12 from your diet
Vitamin B12 is what’s known as an essential vitamin. This means that your body can’t produce it on its own and you have to get it from your diet.
The only foods that contain vitamin B12 are animal foods, including liver, beef kidney, eggs, milk, and chicken. This, however, makes it nearly impossible for vegetarians and vegans to get enough. In some populations, up to 90% of individuals following these diets may be deficient in vitamin B12.
Your body can’t process vitamin B12
Dietary preferences aren’t the only cause of vitamin B12 deficiency. Some individuals (even meat lovers) have a problem absorbing it.
Your body relies on a protein inside your stomach called intrinsic factor to absorb vitamin B12, and if you don’t produce enough of that special protein, you may become deficient regardless of how much animal foods you eat.
You want to give your health a boost
Feeling rundown? Tired of those last few stubborn pounds? B12 injections may be able to help. We use a unique type of injection called a lipovite injection. That means it contains not only vitamin B12 but other nutrients that:
- Help your liver process waste
- Give you a boost of energy
- Assist in the breaking down of fat
- Reduce fat accumulation
With your vitamin B12 levels restored, you may also notice improved mood and even healthier skin, hair, and nails.
You want to prevent future medical problems
B12 injections don’t just give immediate health benefits — they also help prevent medical problems in the future. For instance, doctors recommend that pregnant mothers get plenty of vitamin B12 to avoid birth defects.
Adequate vitamin B12 levels may also:
- Support bone health to prevent osteoporosis
- Reduce the risk of macular degeneration
- Prevent the loss of neurons
- Decrease risk of heart disease
B12 injections aren’t a guarantee against developing health conditions, but combined with other healthy habits, they can certainly support your body and possibly help you avoid problems in the future.
Want more information about our B12 injections? Don’t hesitate to request an appointment online or over the phone at our Woodstock, Georgia, office.