By Heather Listhartke

Did you know that B-vitamins are one of the most important vitamins that our bodies need? If your body is low on B-12, you may feel forgetful, tired, weak, and dizzy or might even have pain and vision problems. Integrating B-12 rich foods in our diets isn’t always enough; you may need some extra B-12 to boost your levels. One of the most popular and effective ways to get B-12 is via injection. Due to injections being a direct route into the body it bypasses the digestive system. “You will receive your best benefits and your body will absorb 99% of the B12. You can never have too much B12 due to whatever your body doesn’t need will be secreted in your urine,” says Rose Reid, Medical Assistant at Premier Age Management. With all of the positive effects, have you ever considered B-12 injections?

Here are 6 more benefits of B12 for you to consider:

1. Reduces Toxins, Improves Digestion

If you have a slow digestive system, have trouble maintaining or losing weight, or have regular constipation, the issue may be a B-12 deficiency. B-12 helps to maintain a regular system by breaking down proteins and other nutrients better. This, in turn, increases and maintains a regular digestive cycle and reduces the level of toxins in your body. This is perhaps the most important benefit because the reduction of toxins in the body allows everything else to work fully engaged with every other system.

2. Gives You an Energy Boost

This is really under the digestion category, but it is such a wonderful benefit that it deserves its own section. As a result of B-12 working with the digestion system to convert carbs to glucose, the extra sugar proteins in your body increases energy. This is why most energy drinks and energy shots include some combination of B-Vitamins. As a result, you will experience less lethargy and fatigue which allows you to become more alert and focused on regular tasks.

3. Combats Heart Disease

Vitamin B-12 does three amazing things to combat the number one killer of adults in the United States: heart disease. It helps reduce bad cholesterol and keep good cholesterol high, maintains a healthy blood pressure, and keeps blood flowing to protect against strokes. If you have bad cholesterol, the issue usually goes back to your diet. However, making sure you have sufficient B-12 in your system may give you the ability to throw away your cholesterol medication.

B-12 also allows your body to respond more to your physical health which naturally reduces your blood pressure. If you have a history of high blood pressure, B-12 injections can help your body respond better to any medication you may be taking.

4. Improves Hair, Skin & Nails

Over time, regular B-12 injections will improve the health of your hair. Researchers also suggest that it’s also a great way to keep your skin and nails looking healthy. Vitamin B-12 does this by aiding in your body’s cell reproduction. By keeping the cycle moving, it’s easier for you to get rid of dead skin cells and replace them with fresh cells for constant renewal of the skin. This process prevents dry skin, acne, and other blemishes — leaving your skin clear, radiant, and (most importantly) younger looking.

5. Enhances Memory and Concentration

A study, by Dr. Christine C. Tangney of the National Institute of Aging, reported that those who had consistent normal B-12 levels had higher scores on mental function tests on memory, concentration, and cognitive skills as well as a higher brain volume in general. Those who were deficient in the vitamin didn’t perform the mental feats as well. If you take B-12, you may find yourself more focused with an increased memory recall. B-12 can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and other mind-degenerative diseases as well as lower your risk of mental conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and mood disorders.

6. Fights Cancer

Last but certainly not least, B 12 helps protect against many cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer. It can also help cancer treatments become more effective. The vitamin helps every system of your body work efficiently to rid your body of the toxins that aid cancer growth.

This health news brought to you by Premier Age Management. Lana Moulding PA, Laura Stewart FNP and the rest of knowledgeable staff at Premier Age Management and Medical Weight Loss can evaluate and help you to determine which B12 injection is best and most beneficial to you. Call them today at 615-649-9600, visit them in Brentwood at 229 Ward Circle, Suite A-23 and in Hendersonville at 115 Hazel Path #1. Learn about all their services at premiernashville.com.