Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 Injection

Are you feeling lethargic, weak, and struggling with brain fog, some of the symptoms of a B12 deficiency? Vitamin B12 injections may be the solution to getting you feeling more yourself.

Vitamin B12 deficiency presents in a number of ways with symptoms often mistaken or misdiagnosed as anxiety, depression, menopause, a natural part of the ageing process-it is usually none of these and is often overlooked/missed.  

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient which promotes nerve and blood cell health. Vitamin B12 is known as an ‘extrinsic factor’ which means it can not be produced by our bodies and must be obtained from outside sources. These typically include food such as meat, fish, eggs and milk. Therefore, you are likely to have a deficiency if you are vegan, don’t eat enough B12 rich food, or if you have other health conditions which mean you are unable to absorb it properly, such as pernicious anaemia.

However, research indicates that most people, irrespective of dietary preferences, do not consume the recommended daily amounts of this key vitamin. Given the importance of vitamin B12 for healthy body function, supplementation can be an excellent way to increase your intake of it beyond food sources.

Vitamin B12 Introduction

An injection is one of the most effective ways to get Vitamin B12

They are typically injected into a muscle or under the skin often on the arm and the dose you will be given will ultimately depend on your age, whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your diet and if you have any existing medical conditions. As Vitamin B12 is also water-soluble, any excess of the vitamin that your body doesn’t need or have the capacity for will pass through and remove any risk of overdose.

What are the Benefits of Vitamin B12 Injections?

Even if you don’t suffer from a deficiency, a Vitamin B12 boost can still provide a number of benefits, from reducing the risk of deficiency-related conditions to improving brain function, bone health and giving you an overall energy boost

Helps Brain Function

Vitamin B12 can help to prevent the loss of neurons associated with memory reduction. Some studies suggest that it can even slow down the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

May Reduce Risk Of Depression

B12 is a key player in the production of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin and when your body is lacking the vitamin, production can decrease. While Vitamin B12 injections can’t cure depression on their own, they have been known to relieve or reduce some of the symptoms and can also be used to reduce the risk of severe cases of depression.

Other benefits of B12 Injections include:

  • Promotes Bone Health
  • Gives an Energy Boost
  • Reduces Fatique
  • Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
  • Essential for the Health of Skin, Nails and Hair

Reduced risk of associated complications

Vitamin B12 shots can help to prevent the associated complications of deficiency, including heart disease, coordination problems, vision loss, infertility, neurocognitive disorders and peripheral neuropathy.

Conditions Treated With Vitamin B12

These can include (but are not limited to):

• extreme tiredness 
• a lack of energy 
• pins and needles 
• frequent colds and sore throats
• mouth ulcers 
• muscle weakness 
• problems with your vision (blurred vision after a few hours) 
• depression, anxiety and feelings of low self worth 
• memory loss-walking into a room and forgetting why etc. 

Our Vitamin B12 injections are designed to provide a much-needed vitamin boost, particularly to those who may be experiencing signs any of the above signs of deficiency or alternative reasons such as 

People With Gastrointestinal Issues
Adults Over 65 Years Old
Vegetarians or Vegans 
Anyone looking for the benefits of B12 Injections.

Vitamin B12 Injections - The Grove Skin & Laser Clinic
The Grove Skin & Laser Clinic, Swansea

Vitamin B12 Treatment Process

A full medical history will be taken and details of the symptoms your experiencing discussed along with any other lifestyle changes that may help or other health concerns that may be contributing to your current symptoms.

We are able to run blood tests to determine your deficiency if felt necessary and or refer you to our nutritionalist.

If your suitable for vitamin b12 injections a recommended dose will be administered by one of our nurses into a muscle usually the top of an arm.

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How Long Will The Effects Of a B12 Shot Last?

The effects of vitamin B12 injections vary between individuals. Most people feel the effects for about one week. The nutrients we provide are water-soluble; the only water-soluble nutrient that has the capability of being stored in the body is vitamin B12, so whatever your body doesn’t readily utilise it will store for later use. If your body stores are full, the B12 your body doesn’t need will be excreted in the urine, which may appear to be pink-ish.

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How Is a B12 Shot Different Than Taking An Oral Supplement?

Many people have trouble with nutrient absorption—from supplements or food—due to the presence of intestinal inflammation, poor gut health, or a deficiency of intrinsic factors—glycoprotein produced in the stomach that’s essential for B12 absorption. Injecting nutrients intramuscularly sidesteps this issue by delivering nutrients directly to the cells, feeding your body instantaneously for immediate utilization.

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What Are The Side Effects Of B12 Injections?

The B12 injection is generally very safe. However, some people may experience some pain, swelling or redness at the injection site, and in much rarer cases headaches, itching or nausea.

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How often should I have them ?

Depending on the severity of symptoms and or blood results you may need them weekly to begin with and then every month-3 monthly you can discuss your treatment plan with our nurse.

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Is The Injection Painful ?

The injection is a tiny needle which is barely felt, some patients experience a little sting when the solution is injected.

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Do You Need a Blood Test Before Having B12 Injections ?

It is not essential to have a blood test however we recommend it to assess where your levels are. You can have this done at the GP and bring the results to us to see or we can do a blood test for you.