Posted by Anne Hermann on Wed, Apr 04, 2012 @ 01:00 PM
Learn why we have the best B12 shots in Tampa and St Pete: Methylcobalamin vs Cyanocobalamin
B12 shots are given to people with low levels of B12. A reputable weight loss clinic may use a B complex shot for weight loss, but should only use B12 if you have bloodwork that shows low B12 levels. For more on B shots for weight loss: http://www.doctorhermann.com/blog/?Tag=B12
The other name for B12 is cobalamin and the best form of B12 injection is methylcobalamin or mythyl B12.
Most clinics use cyanocobalimin, or cyano B12, which has very small traces of cyanide attached to the B12. In order for the more common, cyano B12 to be used by the body, our own metabolism must break the ‘cyano’ particle off from the B12.
Methylcobalin is a natural form of vitamin B12 and can be used much more easily by the body. Be sure to ask your doctor which form they use before you start injections.
If you are looking for B12 for weight loss, make sure the doctor checks your level first. If your B12 levels are already middle to high, you should have a B shot that gives less B12 and more other B vitamins such as folate, niacin, thiamine and sometimes amino acids that help maintain muscle.
Things that B12 helps with are:
Bell’s Palsy: methyl B12 reducesed the recovery time in Bell’s palsy. Jalaludin MA. Methylcobalamin treatment of Bell’s palsy. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol 1995;17:539-544.
Diabetic Neuropathy Alternative Med Review. 1998 Dec;3(6):461-3.
Heart Disease: in one subgroup study, people with high B12 levels given additional B12 had a 34% reduction in stroke, death and heart attack. Spence JD, Bang H, Chambless LE, Stampfer MJ. Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention Trial: an efficacy analysis. Stroke. 2005, 36(11): 2404-2409.
Anemia: B12 deficiency causes pernicious anemia and the only treatment is B12 shots
Fatigue: Because we need B12 to prevent anemia and nerve damage, low B12 causes fatigue
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Hermann, please call 813-902-9559 or 727-278-3992. Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Nutrition as well as Internal Medicine.