In what cases should vitamin B12 be taken?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that dissolves in water. This vitamin B, also known as cobalamin, is the most important for boosting energy levels. It’s assimilated by the body through food and the digestive system: it’s mainly found in products of animal origin, such as meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products. Vitamin B12-enriched products, such as soy- and rice-based drinks, can be an alternative source of supply for vegetarians and vegans. Anytime you think you’re suffering from deficiency, you should opt for a vitamin supplement. Here, at YuBoost, we propose several IV therapies where vitamins are assimilated rapidly and effectively. They’re injected directly into the bloodstream and are almost instantly 100% absorbed by the body.
Warning signs of B12 deficiency
Some signs and symptoms, characteristic of vitamin B12 deficiency, should give you cause for concern: this is the case if you experience significant fatigue, a drop in energy and immune defences or muscle weakness. Skin paleness and dizziness can also indicate anaemia. Insufficient iron in the blood is frequent in cases of vitamin B12 deficiency as this plays a vital role in red blood cell formation. Some people may also experience neurological (pins & needles, numbness in limbs) and psychological symptoms.
Vitamin B12 deficiency: vulnerable people
Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in people following vegan and vegetarian diets, as they have little or no food intake of products of animal origin. Although eggs and dairy products are a source of vitamin B12 for vegetarians, this is often insufficient. It’s estimated that the body needs an average 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 per day: if the daily intake is less than this, there’s a risk of developing a deficiency.
Apart from insufficient dietary intake, poor absorption of vitamin B12 by the body can also cause deficiency. Seniors are especially vulnerable: reduced gastric acidity is common with age, which makes intestinal assimilation of vitamin B12 more difficult. Other factors can also hinder proper absorption. This is the case with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases and AIDS, as well as some surgical procedures (bariatric surgery, for example) and medication (antacids, metformin). Liver disorders can also interfere with the storage of vitamin B12 in the liver. An intravenous vitamin supplement may be advisable when assimilation is difficult, as the vitamins don’t travel through the digestive wall.
The benefits of vitamin B12 injections
Most YuBoost IV therapies include vitamin B12 because of it has numerous benefits. The treatment can be given in your own home, in your workplace or in your hotel room, to offer you the best possible injection conditions. Vitamin B12 infusions help restore balanced energy levels, reduce fatigue and boost your immunity defences. This vitamin plays an active role in ensuring your brain and nervous system function well and it has an anti-anaemic effect. It also promotes skin healthiness by preventing the formation of dark spots. You’ll feel a real booster effect and improvement in your symptoms shortly after the injection, administered by one of our qualified nurses.