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Seven reasons you may need a B12 boost

Updated: Feb 21


B12 is an essential vitamin for good health. It helps your body form red blood cells, supports good bone health, and your nervous system. B12 also helps keep your brain, skin, hair, and nails healthy. It can also improve your heart health, your mood and give you increased energy.

Most of us get plenty of it in the foods we regularly eat, such as dairy products, eggs, fish, meat, poultry or from food items that have been fortified with it. If you're looking for a food fortified with B12, check the product's Nutrition Facts label. But if you aren’t eating a balanced diet, a B12 injection could give you a pro-active health boost.


A B12 injection is a safe, convenient, and effective way to make sure you have enough B12 in your system. They are available any time for $25.00 at all IEP Urgent Care locations.

 

Here are seven reasons why you may have a B12 deficiency and could benefit from a B12 supplement/injection:


You are older as it becomes harder for the body to absorb B12 as we get older

You drink heavily as alcohol can hinder the body’s ability to absorb B12

You had weight loss surgery or another operation that removed part of your stomach

You are a vegetarian and don’t eat enough eggs or dairy products to meet your vitamin B12 needs

You have a Crohn’s disease, celiac disease or any condition that affects your small intestines

You have an immune system disorder such as Graves disease or lupus

You take certain heartburn medications such as Neium and Prilosec

 
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