Vitamin B12 is to the human body what petrol is to a car. Without it you wouldn’t get anywhere. B12 can be naturally found in meat, fish and dairy products. These are often referred to as natural sources of B12. Both meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans can suffer from B12 deficiency, making B12 deficiency a common problem. This can be resolved with B12 supplementation.
- Extreme tiredness
- Lack of energy
- Pins and needles (paraesthesia)
- Sore and red tongue
- Mouth ulcers
- Muscle weakness
- Disturbed vision
- Psychological problems, which may include depression and confusion
- Problems with memory, understanding and judgement
B12 rich foods
- You can access vitamin B12 in animal foods, which have it naturally, or from items that have been fortified with it
- Animal sources include dairy products, eggs, fish, meat, and poultry. If you’re looking for a food fortified with B12, check the product’s Nutrition Facts label
Why would someone have a B12 Injection?
- Vitamin B12 injections are used to treat lower levels of this vitamin in the body, this is often referred to as a deficiency. B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make protein. It also has an important role within the blood, cells and nerves. Most people should get enough B12 through the oral intake of their diet, but a deficiency may occur due to certain health conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, cancers, hereditary issues or general poor nutrition.
What are the side effects of the B12 injection?
The B12 injection is generally very safe. However, some people may experience some pain, swelling or redness at the injection site, and in much rarer cases headaches, itching or nausea. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen please contact your GP or 111.
Vitamin C Injection service
What is Vitamin C?
- Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has several important functions
- Helping to protect cells and keeps them healthy
- Maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage
- Helping with wound healing
- Lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy.
- Mild deficiencies may occur in people with poor or very restricted diets
Vitamin C food hero’s
- Peppers A portion of red peppers (80g) contains about 101mg of vitamin C. Together with their vitamin A content, which helps maintain eye and skin health, they support the normal function of the immune system
- Brussels sprouts A small portion of about six cooked sprouts contains about 36mg of vitamin C and also vitamin K, which is key to blood clotting, and is a source of fibre, folate (vitamin B9) and potassium
- Orange juice A 150ml glass of Tropicana Orange Juice has the juice of 11⁄2oranges, vitamin B9, potassium, and is 60 per cent of the daily reference intake of vitamin C. One of your five a day, a little glass has big benefits
- Adults aged 19 to 64 need 40mg of vitamin C a day.
- Smokers require more
Vitamin B12 Injection service: 15 mins £30 Recommended once per month for maintenance
Vitamin C Injection service: 15 mins £30 Recommended once per month for maintenance