Naturopathic doctors are trained to administer intramuscular vitamin B12 injections.
B12 is found in animal foods and in order to absorb it from foods, we require sufficient stomach acid production. The best form of oral supplement is a sublingual tablet where it dissolves under the tongue so you don't have to worry about stomach acid production for absorption. Sometimes B12 intramuscularly or through an IV drip, can provide B12 straight into the blood for utilization.
Low levels of the vitamin can result in fatigue, numbness and tingling and nerve degeneration in the long-term.
Who can benefit from a vitamin B12 injection?
- vegetarians and vegans
- those with low vitamin B12 and lots of digestive issues
- A sense of feeling tired and low energy
- Increased stress
- Numbness and tingling sensations
- Low mood
- Nerve-related muscle pain
Adrenal Support Injections
Adrenal support injections are designed to support you and give you an energy boost while you work with a naturopathic doctor or healthcare practitioner to restore your adrenal health. Periods of stress affect our adrenal glands as they promote an increase in the production of epinephrine and cortisol at the expense of reducing sex hormone production. When there has been exposure to chronic, long-term stress, continuous cortisol output can leave you feeling tired all day, have low motivation to get things done and feeling unwell.
Some signs you may have an adrenal balance are:
- sleep issues
- low sex drive
- menstrual irregularities
- low bone mass
- poor immune function and getting sick easily
- anxiety/low mood
Please note if you feel like you are experiencing adrenal dysfunction, these injections will support you and give yourself an energy boost but a thorough work-up is necessary to alleviate the adrenal dysfunction.
These injections are designed to help with fat loss or fat mobilization as they contain choline, inositol, and methionine (MIC). Choline has been shown to play a role in decreasing fatty acid synthase (an enzyme involved in fat synthesis), and, increasing carnitine palmitoyl-transferase-1 (an enzyme involved in fat breakdown) in the liver. It also supports glutathione antioxidant activity . This has implicated it being useful in fatty liver to help with mobilizing fat. There was another study that was done which involved supplementing with choline in female athletes and a reduction in body mass was seen .
Inositol is considered a B-vitamin and plays a role in helping to maintain blood sugar balance by improving insulin resistance (which can help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes). It also has been shown to lower cholesterol and help with fat transport in the blood. B12 and chromium are also added to the lipotropic injections.
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