Vitamin B12 is found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and other commonly ingested foods, and is an essential all-purpose vitamin required for all-around health. It is usually found in supplement form with other B-complex vitamins.
B12 helps to build red blood cells, and a strong brain and nervous system. While B12 can be found in a lot of the foods we eat everyday, often times we may not be getting an adequate amount to meet our bodies’ specific needs. This can lead us to develop what is referred to as a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Pernicious anemia can be a major problem due to insufficient intake of B12. This is thinning of the blood and it affects the immune system as well as well as the heart and circulatory system.
Memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease, may be aggravated by a deficiency of vitamin B12. Supplements are now being given to patients with Alzheimer’s to help regulate the immune system and even the plaque on brain cells leading to dementia.
A lack of this basic vitamin may also be responsible for heart disease, sleep disorders and depression. Doctors treating related symptoms often prescribe a diet high in all of the B vitamins along with B vitamin supplements to ensure adequate levels are maintained.
A B12 deficiency cannot always be avoided with just healthy eating habits. Sometimes it’s just not enough. With an examination, a B12 injection can be given to patients in order to prevent a deficiency. Intravenous therapy gives an immediate supply of B vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the body to replenish it.
Other uses for vitamin B12
This vitamin is now given to patients with multiple sclerosis and ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. There is no the miracle cure for ALS but B12 injections can potentially help with some of the associated symptoms.
Vitamin B12 is also used to offset macular degeneration, eye problems, and gum disease associated with aging. The vitamin can also be applied to the skin for rashes including eczema and psoriasis as it may be combined with avocado oil or other creams.
An IV treatment with a “cocktail” that includes a B complex, magnesium, calcium and Vitamin C will help with asthma, inflammation, fatigue, hypertension, detoxification and immune disorders. This type of treatment is also used for patients with various sclerosis conditions.
The importance of B12 and other vitamins cannot be understated. Too much alcohol and not enough sleep can deplete your body’s vitamin resources lowering the immune system. A heavy workout also requires replenishing your body with vitamins and liquids.