Vitamin B12 injection for weight loss? Why not! Vitamin B12 injection and the HCG diet have been marketed in recent years as an effective way to lose weight. It plays a major role in how well your body function like supercharging your weight loss during the HCG Diet by enhancing your energy level brought by the faster metabolism.
What are B12 injections anyway?
Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins that helps your body convert foods into energy. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in foods like meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Since it’s water-soluble, it dissolves in the water and is not stored in the body. It must be replenished every day. Medically known as cobalamin, it’s one of the components of the vitamin B complex that your body needs but cannot produce.
The benefits of using vitamin B12 injections
Below are the health benefits of vitamin B12:
Vitamin B12 works by converting the foods you eat into sugar and other types of fuel needed by your body to works properly. The way it works is different from other vitamins. For your body to absorb this vitamin, you need a substance called intrinsic factor made in the stomach.
What’s in the injection?
Vitamin B12 injection is basically just a large dose of B12. One-shot typically contains 1000 mcg or 1cc of B12. It should be administered intramuscularly once a week. We recommend to use 0.5cc every other day or every third day or 1cc a week. If you do not feel the effect, like a boost in energy levels, you may increase your dosage.
While the recommended RDA for an adult is about 3 mcg a day, it is generally safe to take higher doses. You will not be able to make all B12 available and usable since it is water-soluble. A lot is wasted and passed by your body. The only way your body can use more B12 is to use it in a higher dose along with a healthy diet like the HCG diet.
Methylcobalamin versus Cyanocobalamin
There are two forms of vitamin B12-methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin.
Vitamin B12 during the HCG Diet
Vitamin B12 is essential during the weight loss phase of the HCG Diet due to its ability to boost metabolism. The surge in metabolism comes from the breakdown of fats and proteins resulting in a heightened energy level which helps provide your body with lasting energy despite the very low-calorie intake. Without vitamin B12 and other essential nutrients, your metabolism wouldn’t run smoothly.
A faster metabolism means you lose more a bit of your weight. Another advantage dieters experience using B12 shots during the HCG Diet is the lesser side effects compared when using the HCG hormone alone.
Vitamin B12 injection versus vitamin B12 oral supplements
Both vitamin B12 injection and vitamin oral supplements are effective in boosting metabolism but B12 injection is generally prescribed for weight loss than the oral form. It has to do with absorption and dosage. Taking the oral form of B12 is largely a waste of money. Most of what you swallow will be excreted out from your body while the B12 shot will bypass any digestive absorption issues and consequently the vitamin gets to where they are needed.
Vitamin B12 deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency can be sneaky and harmful. A severe deficiency of this vitamin can lead to deep depression, memory loss, paranoia, delusions, and more. It’s relatively common, especially among older people. There are many causes of vitamin B12 deficiency which include the inability of the body to absorb B12 because of the lower amount of stomach acid and excessive consumption of alcohol. Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms may include: