Just about everyone takes some form of vitamins every day, from calcium supplements for strong bones to multi-vitamins to glucosamine and chondroitin for aching joints. While it is better to get vital minerals and vitamins from the food we eat, many of us just don’t eat the way we should and are lacking in critical components that our bodies need for optimal function. For those who have a deficiency, particularly of vitamin B12, symptoms can be severe and may include fatigue, dizziness, mouth ulcers, memory loss and depression. Rather than popping pills each day, vitamin B12 injections in Monroe can remedy the problem more quickly and effectively.
Vitamin B12 is crucial in upholding healthy blood cells, the brain and nervous system and digestive system. It is required for the body to produce myelin that surrounds nerve fibers and elevates the speed that conducts nerve impulses. B12 is also necessary to produce some neurotransmitters.
Insufficient B12 levels cause decreased myelin synthesis and imbalances in the neurotransmitters and can lead to:
- Numbness and tingling in extremities
- Weak legs
- Mouth sores and burning
- Stomach issues
- Vision problems
- Lightheadedness or fainting
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a side effect of some medications like H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors and diabetes prescriptions, not eating meat, lack of stomach acid and pernicious anemia. Treatment most often includes injections of the vitamin. Some individuals will require this therapy for life, while others may be able to make the switch to oral supplements later.
If you think you may have a B12 deficiency, a blood test can let you know for certain. Schedule an appointment for a consultation and lab testing at McQuinn Naturopathic by phoning (425) 905-2487. We can help you restore your B12 levels to normal with vitamin B12 injections in Monroe.