The Return of an Old Favorite: B Shots!

Many of you who have been with me long-term remember my Vitamin B shots clinic at Champion’s. It seems like such a long time ago, though it was actually only a few years. Back then, Vitamin B shots were the quickest way I knew to treat various chronic complaints and make people feel good quickly. What always puzzled me was why some people responded well, and some felt nothing.

Waterville has been good to me. I have had the privilege of working with many, many patients since my humble beginnings at Champs. Over the years I have learned more about B Vitamin metabolism in the body, which forms work well for everyone, which only work for some, and what other vitamins can be included with your standard B12 to achieve maximum results.

Energy & Mood

When I first started giving myself B shots in medical school, I struggled 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 help get 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 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, & 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. However, other issues lead to weak hair, skin, and nails, usually related to endocrine and digestive health concerns. Large doses of B Vitamins can 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, please contact NENH for questions.