By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Vitamin B12 deficiency treatment can come in the form of an injection or a supplement. So which one is the best option? That is a very common question, and the answer may vary depending on a few different things. For example, if someone is severely deficient in vitamin B12 his or her doctor may prescribe cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin (another name for B12) 1000mcg injections. However, some people may not be able to tolerate the pain of a shot or feel uncomfortable about being injected with a needle and prefer to take a supplement. Someone else, on the other hand, may want a vitamin B12 shot but not want a doctor’s appointment or may not be able to afford a doctor’s visit, therefore will opt for taking a supplement. For many people, the B12 injection absorbs into the body better than a supplement, so if opting for a supplement one may have to up the dosage, in the beginning, to be just as beneficial as an injection. Because vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms are common, it is important to have your levels tested. Testing is the only way to know your B12 levels.
The problems is many times the traditional blood tests do not indicate a severe B12 deficiency. We like to look at the cellular level of B12 along with other nutrients to know for sure if there is a serious deficiency.
Here is a list of some of the common symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency:
Muscle aches and Joint pain
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Poor memory or inability to focus
Mood swings, like increased depression and anxiety
Besides, having all or most of these symptoms, who should get tested for vitamin B12 levels? People who are at a high risk of B12 deficiency are vegetarians, vegans, people who have anemia, smokers, alcoholics, people with Celiac’s or Crohn’s, people with autoimmunity, people with leaky gut or malabsorption and people with digestive disorders should have their levels checked. Want to know your vitamin B12 levels? You can find out about your vitamin B12 level and most of your nutrient levels with one easy test. Our Comprehensive Vitamin and Mineral test has helped many people! The best part is that you do not need a doctor’s appointment, you only need an easy blood draw! Once a test kit is ordered, we will find you a lab in your area to draw the blood. Vitamin B12 is definitely one of those vitamins that you do not want to be short on! With our vitamin test You can know for sure if you need a vitamin B12 shot or if a supplement if enough for you.
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Medical Disclaimer: Our Vitamin and Mineral test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.