B12 shots are well known to boost mood and energy. But did you know that B12 can help boost your immune system too? This versatile B-complex vitamin plays a role in many different systems throughout the body.
Vitamin B12 and your Immune System
The B-vitamin complex supports many different systems and is a cofactor in the regular function of many proteins and lipids. B12 contributes to the normal function of the red blood cell development and normal DNA maintenance required to keep your body in top shape.
In addition, B12 helps your metabolism convert food into the energy your body needs to meet the challenges of the day. Combined, these factors contribute to a healthy immune system that is ready to fight off illnesses year-round.
B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that your body does not keep a store on-hand, and so must be replenished daily. Because B12 occurs naturally in many types of food, this vitamin is readily available as a normal part of most diets. However, deficiencies can occur whether due to inadequacies in intake or malabsorption due to a medical condition.
Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
There are many potential symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency. The exact manifestations will vary from person to person and can overlap with other conditions. These symptoms can vary in severity.
Vitamin B12 deficiencies can cause several different symptoms, including:
- Pernicious anemia
- Numbness in arms or legs
- Autoimmune thyroiditis
- Chronic urticaria
Individuals who have digestive disorders that reduce the absorption efficiency of B12 can develop deficiencies in this vitamin. Certain diets, such as veganism or vegetarianism, can also lead to deficiencies if not properly supplemented.
Ways to Naturally Incorporate Vitamin B12 Into Your Life
For the most part, incorporating B12 into your diet is sufficient to maintain a normal level of this vitamin in your body. B12 is a widely available vitamin that is found in foods such as shellfish, meat, dairy, eggs, and fortified cereals and grains. Over-the-counter supplements are another way to incorporate B12 into your diet.
Individuals with vitamin B12 deficiency can benefit from shots and infusions. Intravenous doses of B12 bypass the digestive system, making this type of delivery a great option for people who are unable to ingest oral supplements due to certain medical conditions.
While the amount of B12 is the same across both shots and infusions, the benefits are slightly different depending on which option you choose.
- B12 shot: A concentrated dose of Vitamin B12 that is delivered directly into the bloodstream for a fast, convenient boost of your mood, energy levels, and immune health.
- B12 infusion: Vitamin B12, among other vitamins and minerals, is administered directly into the bloodstream by way of an intravenous saline solution, providing hydration as well as immune, mood, and energy boosts.
Certain individuals may have difficulties absorbing vitamins orally due to illnesses or other preexisting conditions. Both shots and infusions are delivered directly into the bloodstream, ensuring a 100% absorption rate for both shots and infusions.
Direct-Delivery IV Therapy with B12 Shots
Drip Hydration delivers B12 as a key ingredient in the majority of our IV Therapy treatments (not Hydration or NAD), or as add-on B12 shots for others in your group (we don’t deliver single B12 shots as a standalone treatment).
Drip Hydration is your mobile IV solution in the Los Angeles area. We deliver IV Therapy wherever you are, whether you’re at home, at work, or elsewhere. We make boosting your immune system both hassle-free and convenient so you don’t have to compromise your busy lifestyle to feel your best.