Due to the positive feedback we’ve had from our B vitamin injection promotion this summer, we’ll be making the promotion available again for the month of November!

B Vitamin Injections – Package of 3 for $50

B12 is an essential nutrient for healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue. As B12 (cobalamin) is only available from animal sources, B12 deficiency is well known amongst vegetarians and vegans.

‘I eat animal products. Can I be B12 deficient?’

B12 deficiency is common in omnivores as well. Some studies suggest about 1 in 20 omnivores are B12 deficient. Why? Many conditions can contribute to B12 deficiency. Those with pernicious anemia (an autoimmune condition), low stomach acid and gut inflammation will have reduced capacity to absorb B12. Therefore even those eating meat regularly can be B12 deficient. Medications such as birth control pills, acid reflux medications and metformin also increase risk of B12 deficiency. Lastly, acute and chronic stress also quickly depletes B vitamins.

‘My lab tests didn’t show B12 deficiency…’

Serum B12 levels that are most commonly tested often have a wide ‘normal’ reference range (similar to ferritin). Therefore many B12 deficient patients are told they have “normal” B12 levels. I have also found that even in those with ‘high’ serum B12 levels often improve with B12 supplementation. This is likely due to the face that labs test total B12 levels not active B12 levels.

'What symptoms are related to B12 deficiency?'

Fatigue, lethargy, weakness, low mood and nerve problems are some symptoms of B12 deficiency. Long standing B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, irreversible nerve and brain damage

At Brio, vitamin B12 injections also include B-complex as all B vitamins are often depleted together in stress and long-term medication use. We also use the superior methyl form of B12 which studies support is better absorbed and more effective for neurological issues. B vitamin injections are safe, well-tolerated and the quickest way to replenish levels while determining the cause of deficiency for you.

Depending on the level of B12 deficiency, 2-3 injections may be necessary before noticeable improvements. Most often injections are done 1-2 weeks apart, then less frequently as symptoms improve.

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