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.
Yep, there's much more to find out about the best way to raise B12 levels. Just get tested periodically to see the effect. For me, its twice a year. I brought my levels up dramatically using methyl sublinguals and sprays. I never felt any difference, but feel a little calmer knowing my B12 levels are rising. I would never take cyano and particularly would not inject it. Look into Pure Vegan Methyl spray. Adam recommends Vitasorb B12, which I have as well. They also have a multivitamin form as well.
It's a very tiny amount though.
They shipped to the US no problem. Took a couple weeks. Pretty cheap as well.
But does it work?
Injections DEFINITELY work. Pills/liquids etc MIGHT work. Depends on the individual and if they have enough intrinsic factor, TC1/2/3, parietal cell antibodies etc. LOTS of factors.
"brain was snapping"? lol!
Get a copy of 'Could it be b12?' by Sally Pacholok and that will explain with meat eaters get b12 issues, why yeast is not suitable and why liquid forms of b12 can be dangerous.
bypass the bum shot and just go into the deltoid. Giving IM shots into the glut is like steering your bicycle with your feet. Yeah you can do it but whats the point?
Get a comprehensive test. Urinary MMA, homocysteine, b12 serum, MCV etc. Otherwise they dont really mean that much. Most people just save money & time and start doing a course of injections and have it done with. Its like you can take your car, spend big bucks and get it tested for fuel or just go to the gas station and pump it up.