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DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,379
10/29/08 8:07 A

Vitamin B12 is a vital part of one's health. Some people can not absorb it properly through their diet and their intesintes, so a viatmin B12 injection is neceassry to keep the amount in the body at the appropriate level.

There are also fad weight loss programs that use vitamin B12 shots.

Check with your doctor regardng your nutritional needs and this injection.

Becky, Your SP dietitian



JENNINCAT
Posts: 2,165
10/28/08 11:51 A

I take a B-complex everyday. It helps take the "edge" off my pms. If I could only take one vitamin it's what I'd take! Don't know about injections.



LIZZY63
Posts: 16,450
10/28/08 11:29 A

When it comes to the actual Vitamin B12 injections
I would consult a doctor first to see if you actually NEED it.

If your doctor suspects you have vitamin B12 deficiency, he or she will probably ask you to have a blood test called a full blood count (FBC)

Good sources of vitamin B12 include meat and animal products, such as beef, liver, salmon, cod, cheese, yeast extract and eggs. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin B12.





ANDILH
Posts: 1,140
10/28/08 10:27 A

I take a vitamin B complex supplement everyday. It definitely helps raise my energy level. When I forget to take it I'm generally dragging by lunchtime (mostly due to a medication I take that causes drowsiness). The injections would have to work just as well as regular supplements. Even better if you can't absorb the vitamins normally. I don't think they've helped much with my weightless per se, but they've upped my energy enough that I am more able to do things like exercise during the day.



SEAGULL99
Posts: 125
10/28/08 9:27 A

I am considering taking the shots because I have Crohn's disease. People with gastrointestinal diseases lack the ability to absorb B-12 when taken in food or vitamins.


Next time I go to my GI doc, I'll ask about them and share any info I get.

Edited by: SEAGULL99 at: 10/28/2008 (09:25)


MYSUNNYDAY
Posts: 255
10/28/08 6:36 A

I don't know anything about B-12 injections for weight loss, but wouldn't taking an oral supplement work just as well?

I can't imagine taking an injection if I didn't have to.



TURTLERAE55
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Posts: 8,771
10/28/08 2:36 A

YES, MY SISTER GETS THE VITAMIN B-12 INJECTIONS AND LOVE IT. IT'S SAFE.

I MYSELF TAKE THE LIQUID VITAMIN B-12 EVERY MORNING.



PUNKYB830
Posts: 5,235
10/28/08 1:23 A

For some reason this has the opposite effect on me, so be careful. B12 shots make my body swell and make me extremely tired as do vitamins.



LIZZY63
Posts: 16,450
10/27/08 4:50 P

The main reason for vitamin B12 injections is for Anaemia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Vitamin B12 is known as the "energy vitamin" because it gives a real energy boost.

It is unusual to lack vitamin B12 if you eat a normal balanced diet. Strict vegans who take no animal or dairy produce may not eat enough vitamin B12.



Vitamin B12 injections by themselves do not directly induce weight loss, nor are they intended to.

There's no evidence that vitamin B-12 in any form including vitamin B-12 injections enhances weight loss.








GINAKINA
Posts: 2,559
10/27/08 4:28 P

Are you a vegetarian/vegan? Did your doctor suggest them?

I'm a veg*n, and I take B12 supplements, and I find them to be extremely effective. I would assume the shot would be effective, but I would personally consider it a last resort.



NOSHORTCUTS
Posts: 16
10/27/08 4:16 P

Does anyone have any knowledge of or experience with vitamin B injections for icreased energy or weight loss?



 
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