As a naturopath, I give B12 injections and teach my patients how to do them at home on themselves.
B12 has many benefits, whether you are deficient or suboptimal, you can still benefit from some extra B12. Vegans, vegetarians, heavy menstrual bleeders and those with gastrointestinal disorders, who frequently take stomach acid blockers or have frequent diarrhea are at highest risk for deficiency.
Why is B12 so beneficial?
💉 It’s energizing and a natural mood booster
💉 Antiviral and anti inflammatory effects
💉 Helps heal a leaky gut lining and improve nutrient absorption
💉 Improves hair, skin, nail health
💉Improves cognition and prevents neuronal degeneration and dementia
💉 Helps with DNA synthesis and methylation for anti-aging effects
If you choose to supplement with B12, I would suggest having your levels tested via a simple and cost effective blood test to get a baseline.
Dr. Melissa Bingeman, ND is passionate about mental health, hormones and gut health. She has a virtual and in-person practice in Kitchener, Ontario.