Vegetarians and B12

There are a variety of reasons that some decide to opt for a plant-based diet, whether it be for their compassion for animals, avoiding food contaminants, losing and keeping off unwanted weight, what have you. No matter their reasoning, following a vegetarian or vegan diet comes with many health benefits. However, one struggle that arises is trying to get the right amount of vitamin B12 to the body. 

Mainly found in meat, eggs, and dairy products, it is not uncommon for vegans or vegetarians to develop a vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause many health problems. The good news is that there are a few ways to combat this, including oral supplements and regular IV therapy, but the best option to get the B12 vitamins that your body is asking for is through a quick, easy and affordable injection! Lucky for you, we offer it right here in Longmont!

In this blog post, we want to further educate you on B12, what it is, where it comes from, its importance, as well as the dangers of vitamin B12 deficiency and what you can do to prevent it. If you would like to learn more about our IV therapies and our vitamin injections and how they can help, or you are ready to make an appointment, then feel free to contact us today! To get the most bang for your buck and have your body and mind feeling great all throughout the year, then make sure that you take a look at our membership packages and sign up for the one that best fits your needs!

What is B12?

To put it simply, vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a pivotal role in your body’s overall health. Synthesized by micro-organisms, animals are able to obtain B12 either by bacteria that is already produced within their bodies or by eating foods that contain bacteria. Unfortunately for humans, we are unable to get the vitamin B12 that is produced in the colon because it can only be absorbed in our small intestine. 

B12 is mostly found in food sources including meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and dairy products, which, obviously, becomes a concern for those who strictly follow a plant-based diet and makes them more prone for B12 deficiency, which presents serious health risks that we will cover later on in this post. In fact, in one study it was found B12 deficiency affected up to 86 percent of all vegans.  

The Importance of B12

If you are a vegan or a vegetarian, it is very likely that one reason that you decided to live the lifestyle is for the plethora of health benefits that come with eating only plant-based food sources. However, you need to make sure that your body is getting B12 vitamins as well! A few of the many health benefits that come with this vitamin include:

  • Protection of your nervous system

  • The formation of red blood cells

  • Building DNA

  • Boost in energy

  • Digestion

  • And so much more

B12 Deficiency in Vegans and Vegetarians

As we stated before, a large margin of vegetarians and vegans (especially those that follow a strict diet) suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. This is not something to ignore, for it can lead to very serious health concerns such as anemia, changes in your neurocognitive functions, nerve damage, and, if action is not taken, is found to cause paralysis. Clearly, these health risks are not to be taken lightly. 

If you are pregnant or elderly, getting the right amount of B12 in your body becomes even more important. B12 is necessary for the growth and healthy development of a baby. And for the elderly, vitamin deficiency occurs much more frequently so it is essential to stay alert and attentive to your vitamin intake in these conditions. 

Solving the Problem

So, does this mean that you have to cheat on your diet in order to get the necessary amount of B12 for your optimal health? Of course not! We’ve got the solution for you here at Fluid IV lounge in Longmont! Sure, you can buy expensive B12 oral supplements, but you won’t be getting the level of effectiveness or full benefits of having the vitamin put directly into your system! 

To take it to the next level, not only do we offer straight B12 shots for the low price of $30, but you can add a Methyl B12 shot to any of our IV therapy options for $20! And we have a variety of IV treatments for you to choose from. Whether you are an athlete looking to enhance your performance, had a big night out with some friends and in desperate need of a hangover cure, or just want to boost your immune system and feel your best, we can help. Just don’t forget to add a shot of B12 in there! If you have any questions, would like to make an appointment for IV vitamin therapy in Longmont, or would like to sign up for a membership, go ahead and give us a call today!