B12 (methylcobalmin) injections are important to the body for growth, cell production, and blood & nerve function. They are given to treat low levels of B12 or in conditions where more is required such as in chronic illnesses. B12 injections can also be used to speed up metabolism and to enhance energy production. Many people report feeling more awake and well-balanced.
Most cases of vitamin B12 deficiency stem from absorption problems rather than dietary deficiencies. B12 injections have a large advantage over diet and oral supplementation because they allow for direct access to your cells and bypass your gastrointestinal tract.
Your body depends on B12 for a host of functions:
- Helping to maintain normal energy levels
- Promoting healthy neurological activity
- Supporting normal homocysteine levels for healthy cardiac function
- Helping to ease stress and sleeplessness
- Maintaining healthy cell growth and repair
- Promoting normal immune functions
- Supporting normal metabolism of carbohydrates and fats
There are several forms of vitamin B12 that you’re likely to come across in a doctors office specializing in weight loss: methylcobalamin, cyanocobalamin, and hydroxocobalamin. Valley Medical uses methylcobalamin in our B12 injections and hydroxocobalamin in our lipotropic injections. Researchers identify methylcobalmin and hydroxocobalamin to be the preferred form of B-12 supplementation as both forms have the added benefit of remaining in the body for a longer period of time and at higher levels. They are also the only forms of B12 recommended worldwide by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a drug of choice for the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency.
B-12 is essential for life. It is crucial for DNA synthesis, brain and the nervous system as well as the formation of red blood cells. B12 injections aid in the breakdown of homcysteine which is an amino acid associated with cardiovascular disease. In the majority of cases of B12 deficiency, this isn’t actually caused by not getting enough of the vitamin from the diet, but being unable to absorb the vitamin properly (which can be caused by a variety of medical issues). Better absortion is another reason why methylcobalamin or hydroxocalamin are the preferred form of B12.
The body does not create B-12, and it is required for proper metabolic function so one must acquire the necessary this essential vitamin through dietary sources such as beef, liver, fish, eggs, cheese, and poultry.
This is why many vegetarians often have low levels of B12. Many forms of B12 supplements do not survive one’s stomach acid, therefore many forms of this vitamin are just not highly absorbable. Taking B12 through an injection allows the body to bypass the problematic absorption in the small intestine and use the vitamin immediately. This ensures that your body gets exactly what it needs.
You might be wondering why other weight loss clinics offer cyanocobalamin, instead of methylcobalamin or hydroxocobalamin? Why does this form of B12 commonly appear in multivitamins, and why do so few people know about the better alternative? The simple answer is money. Cyanocobalamin is far cheaper than methyl or hydroxo, and most of these businesses are more focused on increasing their profits rather than making sure you get the best possible supplementation.
* Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any stated results are not guaranteed and are not typical. All weight loss is a result of the individual’s body type and medical weight loss plan. Individual results and experiences may vary.