The Return of an Old Favorite: B Shots!
Many of you who have been with me long-term remember my Vitamin B injection clinic at Champion’s. It seems like such a looooong time ago, though it was actually only a few years.
Back then, Vitamin B injections were the quickest way I knew to treat a variety of chronic complaints and to make people feel good quickly. What always puzzled me was why some people responded very well to B shots and some people felt nothing.
Waterville has been good to me and I have had the privilege of working with many, many patients since my humble beginnings at Champs.
Over the years I have learned more and more about B Vitamin metabolism in the body, which forms of B Vitamins work well for everyone and which only work for some and what other vitamins can be included with your standard B12 to achieve maximum results.
Energy and mood: When I first started giving myself B shots when I was in medical school it was because I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning. I now know that the fatigue was as a result of long hours of studying which was making me burn through all of my “peppy” neurotransmitters. These are things like serotonin (everybody’s favorite), dopamine (another good one) and adrenaline (awesome in moderation). The reason that B12 helped is because it acts as a co-factor in the biochemical reactions that produce these beloved neurotransmitters that make us feel both happy and energetic. Any form of chronic stress (including just living life in Central Maine in the winter) can cause these neurotransmitters to drop resulting in symptoms like fatigue and depression. Instead of going straight to the anti-depressants, why not experiment with some well-placed B Vitamins? B Vitamins can also be very helpful for getting off of anti-depressant medications when it is time to undertake this project.
Detoxification reactions: B vitamins also participate heavily in the reactions that allow our bodies to clear out toxins from our systems. All day every day in this post-industrial world we find ourselves in, we are exposed to chemicals that can be harmful to our long-term health. Having a little bit of back up to ensure that pollutants don’t accumulate in your system is always a good idea.
Hair, Skin and Nails: Ladies (and maybe gents too), did you ever notice that Pre-Natal vitamins made your nails and hair look great? This is because of the high levels of B Vitamins in them that enable collagen to be built with maximum strength. Though there are other issues that lead to weak hair, skin and nails (usually related to endocrine and digestive health concerns) large doses of B Vitamins can help to ensure that the proper building blocks are present.
Metabolism: B Vitamins participate heavily in endocrine reactions, including those that support the thyroid and adrenal glands. Often B Vitamin injections are used in conjunction with nutrition and exercise therapies for weight loss.
The list of benefits of B Shots goes on and on. Should you have questions about how this therapy might benefit you specifically, feel free to touch base with NENH for questions.
B12, $20: B12 only, 1 mL. We use forms of B12 like Methylcobalamin and Hydroxycobalamin that can be absorbed by all people, regardless of genetics (people with the MTHFR mutation, about 50% of the population, cannot absorb other forms).
B Complex, $25: B12 and B Complex, ½ mL of each. This injection covers the rest of the B Vitamin spectrum including B1, B2, B3 and B6 to ensure that your biochemistry has all the co-factors it needs. This is the one you want if you feel like you are starting to come down with the gunk that’s been going around.
Adrenal Support, $30: B12, B Complex and Dexapanthenol (B5), ½ mL of each. B5 is a major co-factor for the biochemistry of the Adrenal glands: those very helpful glands that wake us up in the morning, allow us to get through exercise and stressful times and keep our energy productive. This is the one you want if you are feeling like you want to get things done.
Hair Skin and Nails, $35: B12, B Complex, Dexapanthenol, Biotin, ½ mL of each. This combination provides building blocks for healthy collagen. Though other support is often needed to repair these tissues, this is a great place to start.
Fat Burner, $35: Methionine, Inositol, Choline and B12, 1 mL MIC, ½ mL B12. This one is specifically indicated for assistance with weight loss as it mobilizes fat stores and assists metabolism. Must be used with lifestyle interventions, nutrition and endocrine support for maximum results.
Liquid Sunshine, $25: Vitamin D3, 1 mL. Vitamin D is sometimes better absorbed with injections if digestion is an issue. Vitamin D helps to stimulate our immune systems, build bone, balance blood sugar and keeps Seasonal Affective Disorder away.
Therapeutic injections are available to patients of NENH only. Contact us at (207) 873-9380 for more info.