Vitamin B12 helps your body maintain the health of your brain and central nervous system, and combines with folate to form DNA. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in the development of red blood cells and is used for energy production.

Despite the importance of vitamin B12 for the human body, 40% of all people between the ages of 26 and 83 suffer from B12 deficiency, which can lead to a number of major health problems. Additionally, B12 deficiency affects 40% of all adults over the age of 60, which is part of the reason so many people in this age group suffer from cognitive decline, memory loss, and decreased mobility.

In the United States, vitamin B12 levels between 200 pg/mL and 350 pg/mL are considered healthy and normal by most physicians and healthcare providers. However, experts who specialize in B12 deficiencies recommend that those with B12 levels below 450 pg/mL receive B12 treatment, such as B12 injections. Many people who are under the impression that their B12 levels are healthy are often more likely to experience health problems associated with B12 deficiency.

Since B12 plays such a vital role in brain and nervous system health, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory loss, multiple sclerosis, mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, autism, cancer, infertility, and other autoimmune diseases.

Vitamin B12 is generally found in animal products, so deficiencies are usually common among those who eat a strict vegan or vegetarian diet. B12 deficiency can also occur as a result of malabsorption, such as in those who experience gut inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, and anemia, and in those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol and take medications.

To prevent vitamin B12 deficiency, many experts recommend B12 injections, which can boost metabolism and energy levels and burn fat in addition to strengthening brain and nervous system health. B12 injections are far better than B12 pills and supplements because injections have the ability to provide your body with B12 directly, whereas with pills, the stomach acids in your body will break down the most vital components of B12 before it has the ability to fully absorb the vitamin.

Rock Creek Wellness Center offers vitamin B12 injections to those invested in keeping their bodies healthy throughout the aging process. Contact us today to learn more about B12 injections and our other anti-aging products and services.