Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells, for neurological health and the production of DNA. B12 injections are available and indicated for people who cannot maintain diet-bound blood serum levels of B12. Foods rich in B12 include beef liver, clams and fortified cereal and milk. Anemia, fatigue, weakness, weight loss and loss of appetite are a few of the symptoms of a B12 deficiency.
B-12 Supplementation is good for the following conditions:
Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness offers two forms of B12, one called Cyanocobalamin and the other Methylcobalamin.
Cyanocobalamin is an especially common vitamin of the vitamin B12 family. It is the most famous vitamin of the family, because it is, in chemical terms, the most air-stable. It is the easiest to crystallize and, therefore, easiest to purify after it is produced by bacterial fermentation, or synthesized in vitro.
Methylcobalamin is the specific form of B12 needed for nervous system health. Because of this it should be the first form of this vitamin thought of when interested in attempting to optimize the health of the nervous system with vitamin supplementation. Indications of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes.
Because of methylcobalamin's importance in nervous system health, it is also an important nutrient for vision. In fact, continued visual work (like work on a computer) often leads to a reduction in something called "visual accommodation". Methylcobalamin can significantly improve visual accommodation, while cyanocobalamin appears to be ineffective.
If you have symptoms of GI disorders, lethargy, confusion, slow thought processes, heart rate variability, atherosclerosis, sleep disorders, or immune dysfunction, you may need the methylcobalamin B12 injection.
Methylcobalamin is an activated form of B12 which is involved in more metabolic functions than cyanocobalamin and requires no conversion by the body prior to use, unlike the Cyanocobalamin B12 that the majority of clinics offer.