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Asked and Answered: 6 FAQs about Vitamin B12 Treatment for Weight Loss

November 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — richardsonpw @ 1:48 pm
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You’ve dieted and exercised. You’ve measured food, and you’ve counted calories. You’ve tried oral supplements and downloaded apps, but nothing seems to help you shed excess weight. In desperation for results, you just might consider any and every option—even getting injections of Vitamin B12.

Before you jump on another weight-loss bandwagon, you should understand more about Vitamin B12. Here are some of the most common questions about this treatment that can give you a better idea of what to expect.

What Is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a n often overlooked nutrient that is water soluble and aids in red blood cell production. It also impacts the DNA synthesis and metabolism of every cell in the body, but especially in the brain and nervous system.

Can My Body Make Vitamin B12?

No, the body does not naturally produce this vitamin, unfortunately. It is absorbed from external sources. Sometimes, especially as a person gets older, the body can struggle to absorb Vitamin B12 from food, causing a deficiency.

What Are Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

If you face any of the following symptoms, you may not be getting enough Vitamin B12:

  • Pale, jaundiced skin.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Dizziness or shortness of breath.
  • Depression or other mood disorders.

What Foods Contain Vitamin B12?

Because Vitamin B12 isn’t produced directly by the body, it must be gained from food, namely from animal-based foods such as eggs, milk, poultry, fish, and meat. However, as you age, your ability to absorb B12 efficiently can drop, meaning that even if you have a lot of these foods in your diet, you may still deal with B12 deficiency.

How Does Vitamin B12 Help with Weight Loss?

Vitamin B12 supplements can aid weight loss in several ways. First, it can help fight brain disorders like depression by helping the brain produce “happy” hormones and neurotransmitters. As a result, you’ll be less likely to eat emotionally.

Second, B12 jumpstarts the metabolism of cells and instructs them to burn stored fat for energy.

Third, when B12 levels are within a healthy range, food tends to move more efficiently through your digestive system. Instead of battling bloat and constipation, you can enjoy smoother, more comfortable digestion.

Why Should I Get Vitamin B12 Injections?

If you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, you are not getting Vitamin B12 from your diet at all. However, even if you do eat animal-based foods, a concentrated injection delivers a high dose of it to your body, ensuring more absorption. This injection won’t make you lose tons of weight overnight, and it works best when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

In the end, you may still have questions about this treatment, but that’s what a consultation is for! Schedule an appointment with an experienced medical team to get the answers you need to make an informed decision.

About the Practice

Richardson Pain & Wellness has a medical team that can offer support and proven supplements to help with weight loss, including Vitamin B12 injections. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your options, needs, and goals to determine which treatments might best help you on your weight loss journey. If you are interested in meeting with us, you may reach out to our Richardson office online or by calling 972-907-1125.

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