Are Vitamin B12 Injections Worth Your Money?

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You’ve probably heard of B12 shots to boost your energy. Do they work? Well, check out this investigation before jumping on the bandwagon. Are you tired? Feeling a little bit lethargic?

Maybe, you wanna lose a few pounds. Well them, vitamin B12 shots to the rescue! At least, that’s what some in the wellness field would have you believe.

Even celebrities are jumping on the trend. So, is this entire vitamin B12 craze a buzz or a bust? So, I started researching and was inundated with ad after ad, offering B12 injections with some pretty hefty health claims. Basically, you could go in any MedSpa, pop in and get immediate results. All these claims seemed too good to be true, so I reached out to Dr.

Steven Novella of the Science-Based Medicine blog. Thank you for joining us Dr. Novella, tell me about why there’s this mindset that B12 injects are the magic bullet for any thing that ails you. There’s a number of reasons.

One is that, I think, that vitamins have a health halo around them. People have been told, pretty well for decades, right, we’ve all been told, “Take you vitamins.” But people think that, well, vitamins therefore are good and therefore more must be better. The only time that the vitamin B12 injections are legitimate because of diet, so if people are vegans or vegetarians and don’t eat meat, they can get B12 deficient and they need supplementation. I was given the same sales pitch each time, that these B12 injections would immediately make me feel better. It would take days to really have an effect that you would notice.

To any immediate effect, by definition, is a placebo effect. Can you give us some insight on how this trend even began? All right, there’s an entire cottage industry and there has been for hundreds of years, of people who are selling home remedies, but you know, you’re getting an injection that carries some risk to it. You know, people that are operating on the fringes like this aren’t exactly using sterile technique.

Thank you so much for joining me today Dr. Novella and shedding some light on this B12 buzz. Thank you, it’s a pleasure. I wanted to take my investigation a step further, so I enlisted three women, who were feeling a little run down. First, I sent them off to the doctor to get some blood work, and then I sent them off to the MedSpa to get their B12 injections.

Will these women feel better after getting their B12 injections? And furthermore, were they even B12 deficient in the first place? Now, you did this study, and you were excited about, so, I’m anxious to find out a little bit about what you found.

Let’s start with you, Monique. I feel amazing. I’m a new mom, and I noticed that the B12 gave me an extra boost of energy, which is perfect for keeping up with my daughter all day. Great! And Brooke?

You’ve probably heard of B12 shots to boost your energy. Do they work? Well, check out this investigation before jumping on the bandwagon. Are you tired? Feeling a little bit lethargic?

Maybe, you wanna lose a few pounds. Well them, vitamin B12 shots to the rescue! At least, that’s what some in the wellness field would have you believe.

Even celebrities are jumping on the trend. So, is this entire vitamin B12 craze a buzz or a bust? So, I started researching and was inundated with ad after ad, offering B12 injections with some pretty hefty health claims. Basically, you could go in any MedSpa, pop in and get immediate results. All these claims seemed too good to be true, so I reached out to Dr.

Steven Novella of the Science-Based Medicine blog. Thank you for joining us Dr. Novella, tell me about why there’s this mindset that B12 injects are the magic bullet for any thing that ails you. There’s a number of reasons.

One is that, I think, that vitamins have a health halo around them. People have been told, pretty well for decades, right, we’ve all been told, “Take you vitamins.” But people think that, well, vitamins therefore are good and therefore more must be better. The only time that the vitamin B12 injections are legitimate because of diet, so if people are vegans or vegetarians and don’t eat meat, they can get B12 deficient and they need supplementation. I was given the same sales pitch each time, that these B12 injections would immediately make me feel better. It would take days to really have an effect that you would notice.

To any immediate effect, by definition, is a placebo effect. Can you give us some insight on how this trend even began? All right, there’s an entire cottage industry and there has been for hundreds of years, of people who are selling home remedies, but you know, you’re getting an injection that carries some risk to it. You know, people that are operating on the fringes like this aren’t exactly using sterile technique.

Thank you so much for joining me today Dr. Novella and shedding some light on this B12 buzz. Thank you, it’s a pleasure. I wanted to take my investigation a step further, so I enlisted three women, who were feeling a little run down. First, I sent them off to the doctor to get some blood work, and then I sent them off to the MedSpa to get their B12 injections.

Will these women feel better after getting their B12 injections? And furthermore, were they even B12 deficient in the first place? Now, you did this study, and you were excited about, so, I’m anxious to find out a little bit about what you found.

Let’s start with you, Monique. I feel amazing. I’m a new mom, and I noticed that the B12 gave me an extra boost of energy, which is perfect for keeping up with my daughter all day. Great! And Brooke?

I felt a lot more energized, I feel like there’s a little bit more pep in my step and it’s been a great enhancement to my own diet and regiment. How about you Jeanette? I feel amazing, my energy levels are definitely up and I haven’t needed that 2 o’clock nap that I normally take every day. So, we had your blood tested, and the reason that I had it tested was to see if you were actually B12 deficient in the first place. And we have some interesting findings.

Monique, you aren’t deficient at all, Brooke you’re a vegan and you aren’t deficient either and Jeanette, you don’t eat red meat and you are severely B12 deficient. Really? Yeah. And so, it makes a lot of sense that you had this newfound energy, because you were deficient. Now, what I also find interesting is the other element, which is why these injections can be so popular, even if, theoretically, your B12 level’s normal and that’s where, may I say the word?

Mhm. Placebo effect comes into play. One important point. If you go to a reputable place and they do it the right way, and it’s truly B12 and you get an injection, the good news is, given that it’s water soluble, you will, and should, just urinate it out if you have excess levels. The biggest issue that I have with this entire story and investigation is that if you’ve worked all week and your B12 levels are fine and someone convinces you, a con artist, that you should be paying $50 every week for injections that you don’t need, to me, you’re just flushing money down the toilet when you don’t need to.

If you’re low, you need it. If you’re not low, you’re flushing money down the toilet.

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