Vitamin B12 Consultations & Injections
Vitamin B12 consultations, including treatment are now available by private prescription at my Beck Row treatment room near to Mildenhall, Suffolk, my Burwell clinic held at Burwellness, Ness Road, Burwell, Cambridgeshire CB25 0AA and from Asteria Wellbeing - Snape Maltings, Suffolk - where I will be every other Saturday from 16 October 2021. All consultations by pre-booked appointment only - no walk-ins during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Purpose of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 links with iron to make haemaglobin - a lack of haemaglobin & red blood cells leads to poor energy, fatigue, lethargy, being unable to exercise, poor memory and affects sleep quality.
B12 gives more oxygen to the red blood cells and helps to make the myelin sheath around the nerve cells. The Myelin Sheath acts as a conductor and sends nerve signals to the brain - quite an important job! This is good news for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as this condition attacks the myelin sheath! Vitamin B12 aids production of Heme and protects against nerve damage.
Vitamin B12 (or Colabamin - one of eight members of the B Vitamin family) is an essential nutrient that we get from animal based food sources. It is an essential vitamin for life and the hardest one to absorb - we need it each and every day to maintain the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system and the processes involved in producing red blood cells. Sub-optimal levels of B12 can lead to the main symptoms of tiredness, fatigue, malaise, poor memory and the classic symptom of reduced mental function sometimes called 'brain fog'!
Other symptoms of low B12 include the following:-
Naturally found in red meat (animals red blood cells pass onto us), fortified cereals (beware of the sugar content in these so called 'healthy' cereals), fortified supplements, marmite, yeast substances and eggs. Therefore due to the lack of animal products, it is essential for those following a plant based diet.
Because the vitamin is water soluble it quickly leaves the body in our urine via the kidneys which means we need regular amounts. It is not harmful in high doses and plays a key role alongside other vitamins and minerals within the body.
Three types of Vitamin B12 are available on the market, but only one is licensed for use in the UK and this is Hydroxy cobalamin. This is the only legal product that can be given via intramuscular injection (into the upper arm) within the UK.
There is currently an epidemic of low Vitamin B12 within the UK and the Western World. This is because it is so hard to absorb via food - if you are leading a stressful lifestyle it is unlikely you will absorb enough B12 as stress has a big effect on the body's ability to absorb B12. Also alcohol, preservatives and pesticides interfere with B12 being absorbed by the body successfully. Anyone who takes acid suppressants such as omeprazole and other prescribed medications ending in ....azole... affect the amount of acid in the bottom of the stomach, a good dose of hydrochloride acid at the bottom of the stomach is needed to absorb B12 satisfactorily.
Having an injection of B12 completely bypasses the gut and goes directly from the muscle into the blood stream - this means that the body receives the whole amount of B12 as opposed to gaining this via foods or oral supplements which are unlikely to make it through the gut and be absorbed in full by the body!
Other medications that can affect this are paracetamol & the contraceptive pill.
Main Benefits of Vitamin B12
Most people could do with a boost of this much needed vitamin - each injection is 1ml of hydroxy cobalamin.
It is always recommended to start with a 'loading dose' which is usually one injection every week for 4 weeks, then two more a month apart. This gives a good boost of B12. After this you can top up every 4 - 12 weeks - you will know when you need a top up which is the great thing about it!
To book your face to face consultation and find out if you qualify for an injection by private prescription - please click here
SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICES FOR BOOKING A COURSE OF INJECTIONS - Prices are on my 'Hours & Prices' page.