Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. B12 shots can help to improve your energy levels if your B12 levels are low. Optimal levels on your blood work are those greater then 500 units. Though it is considered normal for them to be above 225 units, many people feel a greater sense of wellness when they are higher.
You can increase your B12 levels by taking B12 capsules orally however the absorption rate is much greater when taking sublingual forms. Absorption is even better when B12 is administered intramuscularly (i.e. a B12 shot). When injected the B12 goes directly into your blood stream, thus bypassing the entire digestive system.
When supplementing with B12, be sure to take the healthiest forms. Various cofactors used include: cyanide (cyano-cobalamin), hydroxyl (hydroxy-cobalamin) or a methyl donor (methyl-cobalamin). Cyanide is a heavy metal and therefore not a desirable substance to ingest. It is often used however since it has a longer shelf life and is a less expensive form. The only forms of B12 used by KIH practitioners are hydrox or methyl-cobalamin.
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