What is Vitamin B12?
B12 is a vital vitamin our bodies need to be healthy. B12 helps to keep the body’s blood cells and nervous system healthy. B12 even helps to form DNA.
An untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to neurological problems or pernicious anemia, which occurs when your body doesn’t have enough B12 to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs.
Vitamin B12 shots are the most common way to prevent or treat a deficiency. The injections are prescribed by a doctor and given intramuscularly, or into muscle.
Injections are usually given as hydroxocobalamin or cyanocobalamin. These are very effective at raising blood levels of B12 and preventing/reversing a deficiency.
Where is Vitamin B12 found?
Vitamin B12 is found in animal foods such as red meat, liver fish, chicken, eggs. Vitamin B12 is not found in plant foods unless it has been artificially added. Vegans and vegetarians are more at risk of having vitamin B12 deficiencies and also individuals taking certain medications.