B12 injections are used in the health and fitness industry very commonly. From professional athletes to celebrities looking to 'drop some weight' and/or 'increase feelings of well being'.
After exstensive testing Ive found out I lack intrinsic factor and have found b12 injections have improved my blood profiles. I gave b12 injections to 2 NON -vegan friends today. One is a current housemate of mine and long time raw animal eater. He got his tests back a few days ago and decided his levels were lower than he would like. Another is a non vegan friend that has a heart issue and anemia. IMHO both will do 'well' by boosting their b12 stores via course of b12 shots.
Freelee used to have a heliobacter pylori infection before she went vegan and did antibiotics for that. HP infection can wipe out your b12 levels as it destroys stomach cells that are involved with b12 absorption. After initial resistance Freelee is a BIG fan of b12 shots now. Her run times have came down dramatically and without increase in training.
With b12 deficiency RAMPANT in society its no wonder b12 supps are so popular. Ive done a lot of homework in the last 4 years on the subject and its been my personal conclusion that intramuscular injections are the safest and most effective way to reverse low serum b12, elevated homocysteine/urinary MMA/MCV. Ive also noted that people using b12 injections report an increased ability to train, recover and burn body fat.
I encourage people to make their own conclusions. Read the book 'Could it be b12?' and follow the directions on the packet. Thinking you can just go and get one injection and 'be sorted' or think you can rely on animal products for sufficient b12 is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS if you have b12 or underlying b12 issues. I say that not to promote fear but so people understand how serious it can be.
I mean hypothetically what would have happend if I never went vegan and then didnt find out I had intrinsic factor issues and kept on eating meat thinking 'its enough' and running on low b12? What would have happened if I went vegan like I did and just thought it was 'big pharma paranoia'?
Do you need to get tested? Not really. Do you need to do a course of b12 injections? Id STRONGLY consider it. Its way cheaper than getting tested. Sure its hard to find doctors that 'get it' and thats why so many law suits are filed against doctors in the US for failing to diagnose b12 deficiencies. I read about one NON-VEGAN lady that ended up in a wheelchair and got paid 3.1million US$. Many people just get em online and get a nurse friend to show em how to do it. I just went onto bodybuilding sites and searched 'how to inject b12' lol! and then taught myself. I was 'needle phobic' for a longtime and now, today am shooting up my mates in the back alley behind the organic shop. LMFAO!
So what are peoples experience with b12 injections?
How much did you do?
Did you inject yourself?
How much weight did you drop?
Did you see your race times drop/bench press etc go up AND you didnt increase training/recovery/cals/hydration etc.
pawel i heard the muscle ones hurt, i am using a baby syringe (insulin) and i can hardly feel it, im scared of the big needles:P is there some hard solid facts that state injecting in fat will not allow it to be absorbed properly?
The B12 I got from trimnutrition is meant for fat injection.
It's much higher concentration than the intramuscular shots, so it works just fine if you want to avoid the intramuscular method.
My brother is a paramedic and he told me to do it either in my abdomen or in my outer thigh. Just pinch the fat with one hand and inject with the other.
I am currently sorting out my b12 issue after being vegan for 3 months and 811 rv for the last 2 months. I have a low platelet count (60), a b12 reading of 234 (which the doc told me was normal but i had to ask him for the actual number). My sister i recently found out has b12 injections every 3 months as the haemotologist found out she couldn't absorb b12 and she eats meat, dairy etc...
My mother has dementia which i've read can be b12 deficiency misdiagnosed, her doc said her b12 levels are 'normal' but her folates were low which is not surprising with the lack of fruit and veg in her diet. I have an appointment with a heamotologist on Monday to investigate my low platelets (plus i'm slightly low on iron but i've ate loads of bananas and spinach in the last 3 months).
I ordered 5000mcg sublingual b12 supplements on Tuesday and have taken one but will not have another until after my visit to the haemotologist as it may skew their tests and i could be given b12 injections free on the NHS if i'm found to be missing the intrinsic factor like my sister.
Ok. End of 2010 I started taking a calcium supplement with cyanocobalamin in it, and a whole bunch of other multivits which probably also had cyano in them. I got tested in May 2011 and my B12 levels were at 700 (the scale goes from 200-500 in australia).
Within one year of stopping all supplements my levels were 201 in May 2012. I began supplementing with a vegan B12 sublingual (methylcobalamin) in May 2012 and experienced a massive boost in energy levels, profoundly improved digestion and decrease in hunger.
I can only imagine that the cyanocobalamin gave me a false positive reading on my first test, even though I've probably been B12 deficient for a LONG time. I'm starting to wonder whether my health problems were at least partly due to a long term B12 deficiency.
thats cool. What sublingual are you taking? how much a day ?
frang what was the b12 brand you used, the one that gave you energy
You say there are no side effects... I've heard that there can be (swelling, itching, rash..?) - I'm confused...
I started using Cyanocobalamin. I know it's not the healthiest, but I was feeling so tired/lethargic/depressed and moody all the tim that I had to do something. I did 3 injections of 3ml.. I don't know if that's the recommended dose, but I am feeling a lot better.
-I feel more energized. I got 8 hours of sleep last night and I feel fantastic. I used to get 8 hours and feel so drained.
-Moods are way better. Laughing and joking a lot more.
-My appetite decreased a lot as well.
It's only been about a week, so I can update later if I notice any more changes. I already notice huge differences.
I eat low fat vegan. Been vegan for 3 years. Veg for about 7.
Just had a methylcobalamin injection a few weeks ago and felt no difference...Should I have if I am deficient? Or should I do a series to feel a difference?