If you’re one of those people who always feels tired, laconic and with a general feeling that life is sucking the energy out of you – but you don’t want to consume the same amount of caffeine as The Flash – there may be something missing from your diet… or in this case, your bloodstream. We’re talking about Vitamin B12, a water-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in keeping our nerves and red blood cells healthy.
But what happens when even after eating all nourishment rich in b12 (like meat) your b12 levels are still low? Or worse yet, if due to gastric bypass surgery or pernicious anemia disease, it’s tough for our body to absorb enough Vitamin B12 through only food. Well then enter Vitamin B- 12 injections:
But wait! First thing first –
What Is A Vitamin B12 Injection?
Let us give you a fancy explanation; It’s like getting hugged by sunshine on a rainy day -except it isn’t coming from the sun and doesn’t have happiness hormones flowing alongside so scratch that analogy altogether. Long story short: “A vitamin injection is basically just injecting vitamins into your bloodstream directly.”
In layman’s terms imagine couriering nutrients directly where they’re required: skipping digestion entirely and entering muscles for absorption right off-the-bat.
And guess what? Studies have shown that most more than ~80 % people upon administering these jabs will experience boosted energy level- Yes,Energy, we went there!
So now let’s hear why’d anyone administer these liquid bursts:
Why Would You Need A Vitamin B- 12 Injection?
You know how every single person faces different struggles -somebody might have trouble waking up early while some struggle even standing up post-lunch naps? Similarly here tooeveryone’s reason to opt for a Weekly Vitamin B12 injection might be different:
- Being Vegan or Vegetarian
- Pernicious Anemia
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Crohn’s disease or celiac sprue causing the absorptive area of the intestines to be removed.
- Difficulties absorbing nutrition such as poor digestion or impaired small intestine function.
Wondering if you are also eligible for these magic jabs? The best way to know exactly how much Vitamin B12 would suit your needs perfectly will be based on factors: like age, dietary intake, and medical history discussed with your doctor.
Inside Info – What Happens When You Get A Shot?
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So say you got convinced by our glowing energy-level descriptions and booked an appointment at your nearest clinic…
Before getting started; should a feeling of dread seep in just by seeing needles (No judgement here) let us assure that vitamin b12 injections do not come with excruciating pain. We’re no sugarcoating this but yes there is definitely pinching involved just like any other ordinary episode from Grey’s Anatomy scenes(only less stressful).
The needle used for injecting vitamin b12 is generally pretty tiny and isn’t super deep into the muscle either making it barely noticeable.There shouldn’t even be extra soreness days after the fact apart from usual post-injection bruising maybe.
Now when exactly does it start working?
Ahah! For those who were wondering when we’d finally get around answering our title question: Here comes!
After approximately 48 hours Post Injection i.e Basically two miserable-wait-for-it-days since humans aren’t instant oatmeal ya’ll -The normal cell division takes over allowing new red blood cells being produced hence increasing overall oxygen transportation throughout the body = boost in energy level today tomorrow hello world!!
But didja Know?
Just because it takes roughly 2 days to ‘’feel it work’’, doesn’t mean the Vitamin B12 injection itself reaches full potential right then necessarily. For some individuals, like if someone was deficient for a long time before starting injections, it can take longer to store and utilize vitamin b12 making the effects perhaps only show up by the end of an ongoing course.
How Often Should You Get B- 12 Injections?
So here’s where things get technical:
There isn’t really one foolproof approach when deciding how often you should receive these magic shots as everybody’s different with varying nutrient profiles.Although recommendations are usually based on health condition or lifestyle – Essentially in case we’d have to give a range:
There are two methods of administering vitamin b12: intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously(clickable but we will try again : – The latter basically means injecting into fat meaning you don’t need medical supervision since they’re easy self-administered.
For Injection schedule duration Details check out our cheatsheet below
|Gastric bypass surgery patients||Lifetime therapy every one-two months|
|Crohn’s disease/ celiac patients||Lifetime therapy every one-two months|
If left untreated, may significantly damage nervous system so; Weekly treatment until levels improve followed by monthly regimen depending on patient preference/results.
|Vegetarian or vegan diet||Initial six injections within two-three week followed by bi weekly dosages until regular levels acheived then once a month|
|Impaired digestion or malabsorption||Duration of injection course but usually every three-four weeks|