I have patients ask me why they need Vitamin B12 shots for weight loss and I always tell them it is one of the most important vitamins to optimize for many different reasons.
What is VItamin B12? It is a water-soluble vitamin. Can be given, orally, or in Intramuscular injections.
Usually, in the form of methylcobalamin, optimal range in your body is around 1000. Oral forms are not as effective and may not be absorbed well. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause fatigue, memory and cognitive loss, myalgias(leg and back pain), poor digestion, mood changes, hair loss, weight gain…
Is this the same as lipotropic shots? Lipotropic B12 shots are different than regular B12 shots. These contain Methylcobalamine(B12), methionine(an Amino acid), Inositol(another critical vitamin) and Choline. The combination of these vitamins and nutrients have additive properties to help you achieve your goals.
Is this used for weight loss? Lipotropic B12 shots are used along with other supplements, and lifestyle changes to help weight loss. B12 helps you improve energy levels and boost metabolism which both help you make changes to lose weight. The methionine, Inositol, and choline all help burn more fat while exercising.
Will I lose weight just with the shot? Along with the shot, to get the best benefits you should take part in a comprehensive weight loss program. Weight loss can be achieved more effectively if you exercise, optimize your vitamins and hormones, reduce stress, and eat healthily.
What are the benefits? There are many benefits to lipotropic B12 shots: increased energy and metabolism, improved liver detoxification, better quality sleep(by regulating your circadian rhythms), decreased hair loss, better mood, increases heart health by decrease homocysteine levels, promotes nerve health, decreases risk of neurological conditions(dementia), helps muscular function(by enhancing neurotransmitter-hormonal functions), skin health, and crucial in development of red blood cells preventing a type of anemia. The list can go on. This is why it is very important to get tested and get your VITamin B 12 levels optimized!
How much do I need? Normally we give one shot a week for the first 4 weeks, then monthly.
Is it safe? Lipotropic VITAMIN B12 shots are very safe because allergies to the components of VITAMIN B12 shots are rare and VIT B12 is a water-soluble vitamin (so you cannot overdose on it).
What are some common side effects? Most common side effects of the shot is a local site reaction, it might feel a little sore or tender. Serious side effects are not common.
What are some natural sources for B12? Natural sources of Vitamin B12 are egg yolks, liver, meat, salmon, tuna, clams.
How much Vitamin B12 do I need? Usually if given in the Intramuscular form at least 1000mcg a month, if orally 1000mcg daily due to lower absorption.
Where is the shot administered? Shot can be administered in the upper arm, upper thigh muscle, or buttock muscle region.
How long does the shot last? VITAMIN B 12 shots last anywhere from a few weeks to 1 month. This varies from person to person.
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