Vitamin B12 (or Cobalamin) is a crucial B vitamin. It is needed for nerve tissue, health, brain function and the production of red blood cells. It is a coenzyme that plays a large role in our metabolism and the functioning of the immune and nervous systems. Vitamin B-12 is naturally available in meats and in small amounts from various plant foods and different types of seaweed. So, for individuals who do not eat meat, obtaining vitamin B12 in bioavailable supplement form is key.
- However, not all B12 is created equal. Many over the counter B12 supplements come in a form that needs to be converted to the active form in order to be utilized by the body. This is particularly important as some people do not have the necessary enzymes to convert to these forms of B12 (along with other B vitamins), making the supplements useless for that individual.
While taking B12 in capsule form is good, it still requires your body to convert its form in order to reap its many benefits.
Sublingual forms of B12 are an even better way to take it as the mucosal lining under your tongue and in your mouth has small capillaries that will absorb more of the nutrient, carrying it into the blood stream.
An B12 injection (shot) is one of the best ways to ensure that you will obtain more of this essential nutrient.
Vitamin B12 can be useful in treating and/or preventing the following conditions:
- ischemic heart disease
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- peripheral neuropathy
- cognitive decline
At The Wellness Center, we only use the most bioavailable form of B12 in our intramuscular injections. This ensures our clients get the most out of the vitamin.
If you are interested in getting a B12 shot please call The Wellness Center at 303-357-9355 to schedule an appointment, sometimes we can accommodate walk-ins.