The benefits of Vitamin B12 | SierraSun.com

The benefits of Vitamin B12

Dr. Haven Ritchie
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Many Sierra Sun readers may be interested to know vitamin B12 injections can help to revitalize those suffering from fatigue. B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain, nervous system and the formation of the blood. B12 is bound to proteins in foods like meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and fortified cereals and is released when digested in the stomach. Vitamin B12 is essential for healthy skin, hair, nails, cell reproduction, a healthy digestive system and also protects against cancers including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer. Vitamin B12 is also needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, leading to more efficient energy production which decreases fatigue.

Many people have difficulty absorbing B12 into their systems, due to high levels of stress or while experiencing certain medical conditions. Vitamin B12 is also lost when alcohol is consumed. Inadequate intake or absorption of B12 can cause fatigue and severe deficiencies can cause neurological problems or anemia. Vitamin B12 can be taken orally or as drops under the tongue, but taking a supplement by mouth may not provide sufficient amounts of this needed energy booster due to poor absorption. It is recommended that strict vegetarians, heavy drinkers and smokers, pregnant or breast-feeding women, and the elderly take vitamin B12 supplements or injections in order to receive their adequate daily intake.

At Sierra Cosmetic Laser, B12 injections are offered at an affordable cost of $15 per injection. I recommend patients start with one injection per week for four weeks and then one per month after that, until energy levels are back to normal and they are feeling better. Once a patient has gone through the treatments and their body returns to a normal healthy state, they can stop in for a vitamin B12 injection whenever they feel the need for it. Vitamin B12 injections are extremely safe as whatever your body does not absorb will be filtered out by the kidneys.

Sierra Cosmetic Laser offers laser treatments, spa services, Botox, fillers and more at their day spa housed in historic Downtown Truckee. The doctor and staff take pride in providing high quality services that can fit any budget.

For more information visit sierracosmeticlaser.com, call 530-587-0198 or and#8220;Likeand#8221; Sierra Cosmetic Laser and Spa on Facebook.

and#8212; Dr. Haven Ritchie is a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine and is board certified in internal medicine. Her interests in dermatology and cosmetic medicine led her to pursue additional training and certification in the practice of non-surgical aesthetic medicine.–