Dr. G's Weightloss
Medical Weight Loss Clinic located in Davie, FL
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.
B12 Shots Q & A
What is vitamin B12?
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.
What foods contain vitamin B12?
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.
What happens if I don’t get enough B12?
Over time, if you don’t get enough B12, you may develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Symptoms of a B12 deficiency include:
- Weakness or lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations
- Nerve problems, such as numbness or muscle weakness
- Vision loss
- Depression, memory loss, and other mental issues
How do I know if I need a B12 shot?
Most people get enough vitamin B12 through animal-based foods or supplements. However, you might need a B12 shot if you:
- Are a vegan or vegetarian
- Consume alcohol regularly
- Have had an operation that removed part of your stomach
- Have a condition that makes it difficult to absorb B12, such as pernicious anemia
- Have an immune system disorder, such as lupus
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.
What are the benefits of B12 shots?
Besides promoting brain and nervous system health, B12 provides numerous benefits, including:
- An increase in energy
- Improved endurance
- Reduced sensitivity to allergies
- Stabilization of conditions that affect your mood, such as depression or anxiety
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.