In the winter our bodies go into restorative mode, and become especially receptive to nourishment. You may feel more tired in this season than usual, as your body is sending energy towards recovering and healing from the more active seasons prior. As such, it’s a perfect time to give yourself a nourishing boost by requesting vitamin injections at your next appointment. (Or simply scheduling one on it’s own!)
While you may be familiar with vitamin B12 – it’s the most common type of injection requested at our clinic – there are seven other essential B vitamins that your body needs to function optimally.
As each of the eight B vitamins either cannot be made by the body, or cannot be made in a high enough quantity, eating the right foods and supplementing where needed is important in healing from injury or illness and maintaining your overall wellbeing.
Below are just a few of the most common vitamins that we work with.
The better known B vitamin, B12 is vital for red blood cell formation, neurological functions, and DNA production. Like other B vitamins, B12 helps the body to digest carbohydrates, fats and protein. It is mostly found in animal sources like meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood but it can also be found in vegetarian sources like spirulina, barley grass, seaweeds, and foods that are fortified with B12. Even so, there is still debate whether vegetarian sources provide adequate amounts of B12. So if you are vegetarian or vegan, it’s important to supplement with vitamin B12 to ensure overall health.
Additionally, some medications can interfere with B12 absorption, while certain health conditions (such as gastritis, Crohn’s, Colitis, and pernicious anemia) can cause malabsorption of B12.
Wondering whether you might need a B12 boost? Common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are:
Often added to B12 injections, Vitamin B9 works well with B12 to make healthy red blood cells, and is important for making and repairing DNA and other genetic material. Folate is found naturally in many foods such as spinach and other dark, leafy greens, asparagus, beets, lentils and beans, edamame, nuts, beef liver, and citrus fruits.
Common symptoms of Vitamin B9 deficiency are:
Niacin may be added to your vitamin injection if you’re experiencing high cholesterol, have arthritic pain, or are suffering from skin conditions or stress. Foods especially high in B3 (Niacin) are tuna, meat, portobello mushrooms, peanuts, brown rice, and avocado.
Common symptoms of B3 deficiency are:
An interesting – yet harmless – side effect of taking Vitamin B3 is called a niacin flush; a warm sensation or even redness that spreads across the skin. However, this effect passes within 15-30 minutes.
Vitamin B6 can improve mood, promote brain health by reducing alzheimer risk, improve PMS symptoms, treat anxiety, reduce inflammation associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and help with insomnia. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include pistachios, sunflower seeds, garlic, fish, poultry meat, potatoes, bananas, beans, nuts, and red peppers.
Commonly low in people with digestive, autoimmune, liver, or kidney diseases, a vitamin B6 deficiency may present as:
If you’re low or deficient in Vitamin B5, your practitioner will add Dexpanthenolis to your injection. Dexpanthenolis is a provitamin of B5, meaning it becomes vitamin B5 in the body.
B5 stimulates the adrenal glands to produce corticosterone, which helps manage stress responses in the body. This vitamin has also been found to help a sluggish digestive system move along. B5 is also greatly beneficial to the skin, soothing inflammation, boosting hydration, and promoting wound healing.
Rather than requesting the most common B vitamin injection like you’re ordering from a drinks menu, allow us to formulate a vitamin concoction that is tailored to you.
With so many possibilities in the above B vitamins alone, the more information you share with your practitioner about your health and wellness concerns, the better we can customize a vitamin mix that meets your individual needs.
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