As you know, I try to do my best to debunk health and nutrition myths that might mislead you. There’s so much information out there, I hate to see you spinning your wheels if there’s no need to. So let me tell you here and now …
There’s a myth about vitamin B injections.
Some people insist that they are essential to your health. They swear they’ll give you energy and can help with a bunch of different ailments. For example, some claim vitamin B shots can help with –
- Joint pain
- Lack of focus
- Mood swings
- Shortness of breath
And sure, there’s some fact at the base of the trend. But from my perspective, vitamin B shots are only good for one thing …
To line the wallets of the person giving you the shot. That’s it!
Now, I’m not saying you don’t need vitamin B. On the contrary, B vitamins are essential. Let me repeat, you absolutely need B vitamins in your diet. They are necessary, and they help your body convert food energy into ATP.
ATP – aka adenosine triphosphate – is the primary energy carrier in all living organisms on the planet. In fact, ATP is the type of energy your cells run on. You absolutely need it. But that doesn’t mean a big shot of B vitamins is the only answer.
The real deal
The truth of the matter is, about 50 percent of people out there have a gene or two that doesn’t allow them to correctly convert vitamin B12 to the right type of substance – methylcobalamin, or methyl B12.
And methyl B12 is also used to help support your red blood cells. But, anyone who tells you a shot is the best – or only – way to get help is just trying to get money from you. You can go to Costco and or any health store and buy methyl B12.
If your doctor suggests you may be Vitamin B deficient, just get the bottle of 500 microgram doses, and put them under your tongue, as directed. Of course, you should check with your doctor first, before beginning a supplement regimen, but if you’re told it’s ok, it’s as effective as a B12 shot – and so much less expensive.
But what about vitamin B12 deficiencies in general? Are they legit or a myth?
Vitamin B12 deficiencies are legit. They can happen. They’re more common among those who take stomach acid-altering medications and antibiotics on a regular basis. A vitamin B12 deficiency can be the result of a genetic issue that might hinder or block the way your body processes vitamin B12.
But, B12 injections just aren’t the answer. The other thing about B12 injections – besides the fact that they cost so much – is that there is a level of risk. And they don’t guarantee a fix to your deficiency. They’re just not the only answer when it comes to overcoming deficiency.
But never fear … recent studies show that oral B12 supplementation can be as protective as injections. For instance, one study found that taking properly timed doses orally helped improve B12 levels as much as injections.1
Of course, if this isn’t reason enough to avoid the injections, you should also know that not everyone’s body can absorb or process a full injected dose of B12. Furthermore, B12 might interact with certain medicines or even other vitamins. So, definitely talk to your health care professional when inquiring about oral B12 as well.
In the end …
It may turn out that you’re not at all vitamin B deficient, and both injections and oral supplements won’t change the way you feel. But, if you are in fact vitamin B deficient – and you’d need a doctor to tell you that – do yourself a huge favor …
Avoid the needle (unless your doctor tells you otherwise) and avoid the payout.
Who knows, maybe you’ll actually feel better with just a fatter wallet?
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