Vitamin B12 and You

What Is Vitamin B12?

Like other vitamins your body needs to properly function, vitamin B12 is an important compound that, when deficient, causes quite frightening signs and symptoms. Humans must consume all of the vitamin B12 they receive. Our bodies do not make it naturally.

B12&rsquo s primary function is to help make DNA and maintain healthy nerve and blood cells for the body. Vitamin B12 prevents conditions like megaloblastic anemia, tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. It is critical that people of all ages ensure they are receiving the proper amount of vitamin B12 throughout their daily lives.

What Foods Is Vitamin B12 in?

Vitamin B12 is only found naturally in animal products. Foods such as beef, liver, clams, fish, poultry, eggs, and milk all contain vitamin B12. No natural plant product contains any B12, though some foods, like grain cereals, may be artificially fortified with B12.

Am I Deficient?

Most people in the United States get enough vitamin B12 from the foods they eat. But some people have trouble absorbing vitamin B12 from food. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency affects between 1.5% and 15% of the public. We at Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic, or your family doctor, can test your vitamin B12 level to see if you have a deficiency.[i]

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency include the following:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling in the hands and feet
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Problems with balance
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Poor memory
  • Soreness of the mouth or tongue.

While most people are not deficient, certain groups of patient are at much higher risk for developing a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Patients at Risk:

If you have undergone gastrointestinal surgery, such as bariatric weight loss surgery, you may be at an increased risk for vitamin B12 deficiency.

Also, those who have digestive disorders like celiac disease or Crohn&rsquo s disease, may have a decreased ability to absorb vitamin B12 when digested orally, and thus are at a much higher risk.

Some people who eat little or no animal foods such as vegetarians and vegans must also carefully monitor their vitamin B12 intake. When pregnant women, and women who breastfeed their babies are strict vegetarians or vegans, their babies might also not get enough vitamin B12.[ii]

Vitamin B12 Infusions and Injections:

If you are or suspect you may have become vitamin B12 deficient, consider making an appointment with Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic to receive a thorough evaluation. If you are deficient in Vitamin B2, daily supplements and pills are often not effective at correcting the deficiency, especially in the elderly and those with gastric surgery, or one of the many intestinal disease conditions.

At Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic, we provide highly effective vitamin B12 infusions and injections in the comfort of our spa-like treatment room. Our infusions raise the blood&rsquo s B12 concentration many times over the ability of oral pills, thus delivering more effective and quicker results.

What are the Benefits of Vitamin B12 Infusions?

Quickly delivering vitamin B12 to the bloodstream and reversing vitamin B12 deficiency can alleviate all the signs and symptoms listed previously. Patients can expect their numbness, weakness, swollen tongue, and many more to feel better within a matter of weeks to months. Patients can also expect depression, anxiety, and even stress levels to decrease because of our infusions.

Those with gastrointestinal conditions may only be able to receive adequate amounts of vitamin B12 using infusions and injections. Our licensed staff and calming treatment room are the ideal solution.

What are the Side Effects?

IV vitamin B12 is considered very safe among medical providers. Injections have been around for a long time, with most patients experiencing little to no side effects at all. Some patients may experience abdominal cramps, bloating, or an allergic rash, but these side effects are rare.

Our providers are licensed to discuss the potential benefits and risks with you regarding IV vitamin B12. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Schedule Your Infusion Today!

Vitamin B12 therapy infusion is proven to provide long-lasting results for a wide range of different conditions. If you are experiencing getting older, suffering from a chronic disease or digestive disorder, or any of the large range of symptoms caused by vitamin B12 deficiency, we highly recommend making an appointment today. At Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic, we provide a calming spa-like atmosphere where you can safely and effectively receive vitamin B12 infusion therapy to manage your condition. Call us today or visit us online at . Just an hour of relaxation and you can be on your way to feeling better and healthier in your everyday life.

Author Tara Kinney, CRNA, APRN As a lifelong learner with over 10 years of experience working in the operating room, Ms. Kinney began to develop an appreciation for the many uses of ketamine and its applications in therapy. As an independent practitioner and owner-operator of Advantage Anesthesia, Ms. Kinney oversaw the care of countless surgical patients and developed a love for the state of Iowa and surrounding counties. It was while working and living in Bettendorf, Iowa that Ms. Kinney saw the need of the community for more holistic and comprehensive care of chronic pain and mood disorders. Ms. Kinney then attended the Ketamine Academy and joined the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, and Practitioners before opening Quad Cities Ketamine Clinic in February of 2020. In her free time, she is an avid volleyball player and state record skydiver. She has two children, loves to scuba dive and golf in tropical locations, and cares for numerous small animals rescued from the humane society.


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