If you’ve recently started a more restricted diet plan but you’re concerned that you may not be getting all of the nutrients you need, a B12 shot from the experts at Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness could be what you need. Call to schedule an appointment or book online. Dr. G’s has offices throughout Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, as well as two international locations.
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin your body needs for red blood cell production as well as the healthy functioning of your brain and nervous system. Your body doesn't naturally produce B12, so eating animal-based foods or supplements is the only way to get the B12 you need.
Animal-based foods naturally contain B12 and provide plenty of the vitamin to suit most needs. Meat, fish, and poultry, as well as dairy products and eggs all contain B12. Other foods may be fortified with B12, such as grains, cereals, and soy products; these are a good option if you’re a vegetarian or vegan.
Over time, if you don’t get enough B12, you may develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Symptoms of a B12 deficiency include:
Most people get enough vitamin B12 through animal-based foods or supplements. However, you might need a B12 shot if you:
Since your body has a difficult time absorbing B12 as you age, Dr. G’s providers often recommend older individuals get B12 shots instead of supplements.
Besides promoting brain and nervous system health, B12 provides numerous benefits, including:
B12 shots have also been shown to relieve symptoms associated with PMS.
If you’re pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, discuss this with your Dr. G’s provider before taking a B12 supplement.
If you need to add B12 to your diet or you’re concerned you may have a B12 deficiency, call Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness to make an appointment.