People often believe they’ll act as a safety net and help to ensure adequate nutrient intake. Chemically, vitamin B12 can exist in a number of different forms, but all of them contain the mineral cobalt. The vitamin can be stored in the liver for a long time, so it may take a few years for a deficiency to develop 1. This is because B12 is only found naturally in animal foods. However, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who are deficient. Even some meat eaters don’t absorb it very well 4, 5. Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 depends on a protein produced in your stomach, called intrinsic factor.
Anyone who is displaying any of the signs and symptoms of a B deficiency or pernicious anemia should consult their doctor immediately. CA Cheryl Avery Apr 15, The needle will be inserted at a 45 degree angle, just below your skin, as opposed to deep in your muscle. I don’t necessarily like this area because there is a small chance very small of nerve damage 1.
Push the air out of the syringe by pushing the plunger, and then slowly pull back on the plunger, until the syringe fills to the required amount. And PS thank you so much for this post Megan! However, doses higher than 1mL should not be administered via the upper arm. In these situations, it’s usually recommended that you supplement your diet with either a B12 shot or oral supplement. Regarding methylcobalamin vs cyanocobalamin shots, I recently read that cyanocobalamin is metabolized into the 2 active forms methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin. She loves helping others on their healing journeys, as well as innovating grain-free, sugar-free recipes.
B12 shots can help improve energy levels, sleeping patterns, help with weight loss and even improve hair growth. In order to get these benefits you need to be using the right type of B12 and using it correctly, that means in the right injection sites and the correct depth. If you’ve already decided on using B12 shots over oral or sublingual forms of B12 you are already ahead of the curve. B12 shots are far superior to oral forms of B12 due to the fact that they have superior absorption and quickly get into your target tissues where B12 has its action. While you can most certainly give yourself a B12 shot at home, there are a few things you need to know to make sure you are doing it safely and effectively. We will go into detail on what is important and why below, but first I want to talk about the various routes of administration. What I mean is the difference between intramuscular B12 injections and Subcutaneous B12 injections. This should be compared to a subcutaneous injection in which the needle tip goes into the subcutaneous space rather than the needle. The muscle is obviously deeper than your subcutaneous tissue you can see the image above for reference.