Hey guys! Before I start this post, I just want to remind you that I am not a doctor. This is all just based on my experience, so please consult with your GP before trying anything new.
Now that my legal liabilities are taken care of, let’s get cracking. I knocked off quite a few things on my to-do list this weekend including one that I have been procrastinating about for the last 2 weeks: “Go for a vitamin B shot”. As unappealing as needles tend to be, these shots are also very necessary for me. My energy levels lately have been flagging and sleep is definitely not the cause. If anything, I pride myself for being able to pass out for at least 7-8 hours every night. As for other possible reasons why I constantly feel drained, there are only so many times I can blame the heat or my menstrual cycle. There are also only so many cups of coffee that I can drink ;).
About 15 months ago, a blood test revealed that I was borderline deficient in vitamin B12. While there are various symptoms of this deficiency, I’ve only ever experienced tiredness and the occasional lightheadedness. The B12 vitamins are great energy boosters, as they enable the red blood cells to carry oxygen more efficiently and optimally. I am not particularly surprised as very few foods, unless fortified, are rich in B12 :
Aside from eggs & small amounts of cheese & fish during the week, my intake of the rest is a big fat zero.
Initially I opted for oral supplementation but I’ll be honest: I am terrible about remembering to take my pills. I actually have an alarm that goes off on my phone every other Thursday at 10 pm to remind me about taking my sachet of vitamin D. But yeah, that’s a whole different story. Even though shots are the more painful option, they also mean that I only have to worry about B12 once every 6 weeks.
In terms of efficiency, I’m also better off with the injections as they directly deliver the vitamin into the bloodstream. Alternatively, oral supplementation requires many hours for digestion and would lose much value along the way. For the sake of comparison, a B12 tablet leaves you with only 1.2% of B12 in the tablet whereas a shot will lose very little, if any. Fortunately vitamin B12 can be consumed in large doses because the excess is excreted by the body or stored in the liver for use when supplies are scarce.
Maybe it’s a placebo effect or maybe it really does help but whatever it is, I almost always feel significantly better after taking a shot. If only I could say the same about alcoholic shots ;)!
Do you take any supplements? If so, what?