Thinking about getting a B-12 shot? Get yours today at NOWmed Walk-In Urgent Care!
B-12, also called cobalamin, is an essential vitamin that our bodies need, but cannot produce on its own. We need B12 so that our brains and nervous systems can function properly and to prevent anemia. There are also other immediate benefits from a quick B-12 shot. Let's take a look at a few.
1. Lift your mood. Vitamin B-12 may play a key role in the production of a hormone called serotonin, which is the chemical response that controls mood in humans. Deficiency in the vitamin may then lead to decreased serotonin levels, which in turn can lead to a depressed or irregular mood. Some studies have shown that people with depression and low vitamin B-12 levels had better outcomes when their antidepressants were combined with B-12 treatment.
2. Improve your memory. Being deficient in vitamin B-12 has been linked to memory loss, especially in older adults. Some studies have shown that the vitamin plays a key role in the prevention of neuron loss, a process that is associated with dementia and memory loss.
3. Boost your energy level. Are you getting plenty of sleep, but still feel like you need an energy charge? It might be time for a B-12 shot! People with Vitamin B-12 deficiency often feel fatigued and lethargic as a side effect, as it plays a big role in your body's energy production. In fact, feeling more tired than usual is one of the earliest signs of the vitamin deficiency.
However -- even if you're not deficient, higher levels of vitamin B-12 has also been linked to weight loss, better bone health, and even good heart health!
Consider coming in for a shot today if you have risk factors for B-12 deficiency, such as:
Pregnant or breast-feeding
History of anemia, or low blood count
Following a vegan or vegetarian diet
History of stomach or other gastrointestinal disorders
History of bariatric surgery or bowel resection