5 Benefits of Vitamin B12 Shots

More and more, vitamin B12 injections are becoming a health fad. Not too long ago, they came recommended by the doctor and then only for serious B12 deficiencies. Now, with the discovery of the multiple benefits of B12 for the body and overall health, people are opting them into their wellness routine. High energy people, politicians, stars and anyone who is constantly in the public eye and has to look energetic all the time has probably tried them.

Why are vitamin B12 shots getting so popular?

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B12 is a great energy boosters. It works through the red blood cells, by enabling them to carry oxygen more efficiently. An oxygenated cell is a cell that is at its optimum, full of energy and won’t tire easily. B12 is also great for the skin. These are just some of the benefits – overall, it’s an essential vitamin that the body must have to stay in balance. The only problem is that it is not that easily found in food – very few foods are B12 rich and these are essentially meat and eggs. This leaves especially vegans to look for sources elsewhere, in fortified foods, supplements or vitamin B12 shots. Shots are a preferred option because of their direct and immediate absorption into the bloodstream.

So what are the benefits of B12 shots?

  1. B12 increases metabolism, the side effect of which can be weight loss. With regular B12 injections and a combination of other weight loss regimens, people have reported to lose weight much faster and they attribute it to the shot.
  2. B12, as we said earlier is a great energy booster. What better way to deliver an energy booster than directly into the bloodstream? The other option would be to take a supplement, which would take many hours in the digestive process and would lose much value along the way.
  3. Speaking of value, with a B12 shot, you retain almost all the B12 – none of it gets lost in the digestive process. For comparisons sake, a B12 tablet leaves you with only 1.2% of B12 in the tablet. A shot will lose very little, if any.
  4. b12 Shots are highly recommended mood boosters as well. B12 is essential for a properly functioning central nervous system – we know that dysfunction can lead to depression. If you suffer from mild depression once in a while, you can try a B12 shot as a mood booster – some people have reported feeling happily giddy afterwards, but not for long. In a few hours, it settles and you are just happy!
  5. B12 is essential for a properly functioning cardiovascular system. It thins the blood and prevents blood stickiness. Blood cells sticking together is what leads to a blood clot which can cause a stroke.

If you are getting the shots regularly, you’re probably already feeling the tremendous changes it can have on your body. If you’re not yet taking in B12 to boost your diet, or are taking supplements, you should consider the shot. It’s quick, painless and has multiple benefits.

July 2014 update: You can get B12 shots at this page – click on the image and you will be taken to the B12 store. I recommend getting Methylcobalamin Max if you have the budget. It  is easily absorbed by the body

  1. An Essential Part of a Healthy Plant Based Diet
  2. Dietary Fact Sheet: Vitamin B12


  1. Cookie says

    I had my first B12 shot on thursday and unfortunately I am one of the rare ones that suffered the severe side effects- chest pain, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness. In the research I've done its possible the preservatives in the shot are the cause however the doctor's here don't believe thats the cause even though its stated on the information leaflet you get on the pack. So now a week into my shot the chest pains have gone ( after a quick stay on hospital to rule out DVT) but everything else is still there. Soo much for extra energy!! I would like to know if there is anyone else out there that has suffered like me and how long it took to feel back to normal again?

  2. msmary says

    I heard from a friend, that a friend of his (female) lost 70 lbs, got really skinny too fast, so she stopped taking the injections, and has gained the weight back plus 20 lbs. is this a risk once one decides to stop taking the shots?

  3. amy says

    Had my first B12 shot today–so far I am liking it—would sure like to do my own as have to drive a long ways to get them–any idea how to obtain the B12?

  4. ewallac6 says

    I just started taking B-12 shots (just got my second one less than 30 minutes ago). So far, I don't feel anything.

    The only difference that I've felt is that, after an exhausting day, I had a very restful night's sleep, which is unusual for me. I woke up happy and "bounded" out of bed. I was able to get a lot done this morning, in fact. Maybe that's the B-12, maybe it's effects of sleep?

  5. Eloise says

    I had extremely bad post-partum depression….suicidal at times…started takin B12 injections and have been now for 2 months. I ve lost weight and my moods have improved Thank God I live in Mexico cuz our price is 5 shots for only $11. Can't beat that. Anyhow I'm sold out! It works!

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