Cyanocobalamin or Methylcobalamin-is there a difference in B12? What are the benefits of getting B12 shots? Indications of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes.
What are the benefits of Vitamin B12 Shots?
There are many benefits of getting B12 shots and minimizing Vitamin B12 deficiency. Some of the benefits include:
-Improved memory (by preventing death of brain cells)
-Improved metabolism and weight loss
-Improving cognitive function
What’s the Difference Between Cyanobalamin and Methylcobalamin?
Cyanocobalamin is the most commonly found version of vitamin B12. Cyanocobalmin does not actually occur in plants or animal tissues Cyanocobalamin contains a cyanide molecule, a poisonous substance. While the amount of cyanide in cyanobobalamin is very small, the body still needs to remove and eliminate the cyanide from the body. This removal is accomplished through your detoxification systems with substances like glutathione being very important for the elimination of the cyanide. Cyanocobalamin also needs to be converted into Methylcobalamin in order to be absorbed (not everyone’s body is able to make this conversion).
Methylcobalamin is better absorbed and retained in the body’s tissue as compared to cyanobalamin. Methylcobalamin is the specific form of B12 needed for nervous system health. Indications of a potential deficiency of B12 in the nervous system might include numbness, tingling, loss of feeling sensation, burning sensations, muscle cramps, nerve pain and slowness of reflexes.
A recent German study appearing in Neuropharmacology showed methylcobalamin improved sleep quality, reduced the amount of time subjects slept and subjects awoke feeling refreshed, with better alertness and concentration.
Since vitamin B-12 plays a role in the function of nerves and the nervous system, a deficiency in this vitamin can lead to optic neuropathy (damage to optic nerve) and decreased vision. A recent case report by Stacy L. Pineles and colleagues published in the journal “Pediatrics” found that several children with autism who did not eat animal products developed optic neuropathy caused by a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Treating these children with B-12 reversed the vision problems. Vitamin B-12 deficiency may be a cause of vision loss in people who may be suffering from malnutrition or who do not consume many animal products.
Where can I get a B12 shot?
Ask your doctor to see if they offer Methyl B12 shots. You can also call Great Earth Pharmacy at
310-550-1822 for a referral to a doctor providing B12 shots. If you are a doctor wanting to order B12 for a patient, please contact us about our compounded methylcobalamin (methyl B12).