Vitamin B12 is vital for our health, but our bodies can’t produce it. It is found naturally in some animal products, but it can be difficult to get enough of this essential nutrient – particularly if you follow a vegetarian, vegan or restricted diet. However, a vitamin B12 infusion can give you the boost you need to stay healthy, fit and active.
What Is Vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is also known as cobalamin, and it’s a water-soluble vitamin which is involved in the metabolism of every single cell in the body. It is particularly important in ensuring that the nervous system works properly. It is a large and structurally complex vitamin which is only produced by certain bacteria and archaea (single-cell organisms).
What Is A Vitamin B12 Infusion?
If you are low on vitamin B12, you can have an infusion. This could be through an IV drip, in a solution with other vitamins to help absorption and (if you choose) additional nutrients to give your body the boost it needs.
IV therapy is a hugely beneficial method of increasing your B12 levels, because when the vitamin is taken intravenously your body is able to absorb far more than if it has to go through the digestive system. This means that you get all of the benefits.
The 9 Incredible Benefits Of A Vitamin B12 Infusion…
1. Improved Mood
Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in metabolizing serotonin, which is the chemical responsible for regulating mood. It is theorized that because of this, B12 deficiency leads to decreased serotonin production – resulting in a depressed mood. In fact, a study found that vitamin B12 deficiency was associated with twice the risk of severe depression.
Other studies have shown that people with depression and low vitamin B12 levels who received both antidepressants and vitamin B12 recovered better than those who had antidepressants alone.
This could be an excellent option for those who are struggling with the side effects of antidepressants, and may also help to treat the cause as well as the effects.
2. Energy Boost
When you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, one of the first symptoms is low energy and fatigue. This is because vitamin B12 has a role in your body’s energy production. Without those vitamins, your body can’t produce energy – leaving you feeling lethargic.
3. Healthy Skin, Hair And Nails
Because vitamin B12 is important for cell production, if you don’t have enough you will find that conditions such as nail discoloration, vitiligo (which is the loss of skin color), dry and easily breakable hair and angular stomatitis (this is inflamed and cracked mouth corners). These conditions happen when not enough new cells are being produced.
A vitamin B12 infusion can significantly increase the appearance of your skin, hair and nails.
4. Improved Heart Health
When your body breaks down proteins, an amino acid called homocysteine is produced. Having high levels of homocysteine in the blood has been linked to heart disease. Levels can be raised through poor diet, high levels of coffee or alcohol consumption or certain medications. Fortunately, vitamin B12 helps to lower the levels of homocysteine, decreasing your chances of developing heart disease.
5. Increased Brain Performance
When we age, neurons in our brains can die – this is known as brain atrophy. When this happens, memory loss and dementia can occur. However, studies have shown that vitamin B12 can improve memory and cognitive function, perhaps even slowing the onset of dementia.
6. Enhanced Vision
High levels of homocysteine don’t only lead to a heart disease risk – it can also increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. This is an eye disease which affects your vision, and is the reason that many people’s eyes struggle as they get older. However, ensuring that you are not deficient in vitamin B12 is an important step towards keeping those homocysteine levels low and maintaining strong vision.
7. Strong Bones
A huge study has shown that people with a vitamin B12 deficiency have lower than normal bone density. This is important because these bones become weak and are more likely to become damaged (for example, with fractures or breaks) and develop osteoarthritis. A vitamin B12 infusion can ensure that your levels are high and maintain your bone strength.
8. Reduced Anemia Risk
Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to your tissues. This leaves you feeling tired and weak, and can be very severe.
Vitamin B12 plays an important role in producing healthy red blood cells, which are small and round and can easily pass through your veins and arteries delivering nutrients. Unhealthy red blood cells in someone who has a vitamin B12 deficiency are large and oval, making it harder to travel around the body. A vitamin B12 infusion can keep those red blood cells healthy and ready to deliver everything your body needs.
9. Decreased Birth Defect Risk
If you are pregnant, you will want to make sure that you have high levels of vitamin B12 because they are passed onto your baby and used to develop a healthy brain and nervous system. It has also been found that a vitamin B12 deficiency could increase the risk of birth defects, premature birth and miscarriage.
Where To Get A Vitamin B12 Infusion
At BluVida Wellness & Med Spa, we offer a large range of incredible vitamin infusions. Our vitamin IV therapy is available here at our state of the art facility in Katy, and we offer a mobile service to people all over Houston, Texas. Simply book online today.