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A Surefire Way to Increase Vitamin B12 Levels

Happy Monday morning, I am trying an experiment with this week’s blog. Instead of being verbose I am going to be succinct. I am also going to rely on my readers to delve through past blog entries to explore various reasons one might want to ensure high B12 levels and particularly B12 at a cellular level .

Should you want even more information on B12 put “B12” in the search box of my blog and you will see a plethora of blog entries on the subject. The sole purpose of today’s blog entry is to delve in to the why of  B12 injections and how to best do them.

Why stick a small needle in your skin?

Believe me when I say, I ask myself this question every time I have done it thus far. I don’t enjoy needles no matter how small (insulin needles are used). However, and of supreme import, was my desire to raise my B12 levels which showed up as “deficient” on my Spectracell test. In typical blood tests I was in the middle of the USA range at 550 pg/ml and even that is just barely above the acceptable level in Europe.

I concluded long ago that my B12 levels were wanting and I started taking two forms of very absorbable B12, sublingual dibencozide and sublingual methylcobalamin. Others have had remarkable increases with these two forms of  oral B12 and they are in doses that most B12 tablets don’t come in, 3000 mcg and 5000 mcg.

If taking the most absorbable forms of B12 (methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin are the most easily absorbed and utilized) still doesn’t raise your levels beyond the cellular level considered “deficient” on a Spectracell test there is a physical barrier.

I suspect my “barrier” is that I lack what is called Intrinsic Factor. My issues are as old as I am and my family is infamous for their digestive maladies and, on my mom’s side, dementia. I knew it was time to call in the big guns, or more accurately, the miniscule but sharp little buggers otherwise known as insulin syringes filled with red liquid, B12.

Learning to inject

With my first injection I learned one thing, I could never be a junky. Crikey! Sticking a needle in one’s skin is not pleasant and I don’t care how teeny tiny that needle is. Later, in talking to Chloe, my researcher extraordinaire, I also learned three more very important points about successfully injecting B12. Nowhere else did I read these two details and I think they make all the difference.

First, your belly works better. Unless you possess the tightest 6 pack of abs with no visible fat in your belly region this is where I recommend you inject your B12. I tried the muscle just to left of the top of your thigh and I ended up with a red spot of B12 just under the skin and a little even leaked out. The idea of blindly injecting my bum isn’t appealing and I can’t do my arm. Use your belly.

Second, after you inject the B12, and it doesn’t take long to inject a tiny amount of B12, leave the needle subcutaneously for a few seconds. This seems to allow the B12 time to “soak” in and you will get very little if any loss.

Last but not least, start small. Did you know that you can have a sudden and rather disturbing detox reaction to  B12 if you have been deficient? Well now you do and thanks to Chloe I knew to start small and build up. I may have had some tiny amount of nausea with the first two injections that I did in my belly but that seems to have passed now and I am able to handle the 4-6 ml injections with no negative reaction.

Kris insight

I have done approximately 5 injections thus far. Two of those injections were failures, so let’s just say in the last two weeks I have done 3 injections, one was about 3 ml, one was 4 and the last one was  6 ml.  The 4 ml injection is about 1000 mcg of methylcobalamin B12. I am already seeing results. Hurrah!

Every night thus far after the morning injections I seem to sleep less. I am tired when I go to bed and I retire at my normal, but early time  (9:30). I sleep soundly all night but I wake up early (4 a.m.). I have yet to need a nap to compensate for the somewhat shorter night. I conclude therefore, I have more energy.

Another positive side effect was noticed this morning on a Sunday exercise walk. I normally have to work my way up to a brisk pace. If I don’t I am slightly breathless and I feel like the deep breathing makes my chest burn. Today, we started out at a brisk pace and I never had to ask the SU to “slow her down”. I didn’t feel breathless nor feel uncomfortable at any point.

My burning mouth isn’t gone but it is better. My tongue still looks a bit raw (a sign of B12 deficiency) and is slightly enlarged (glossitis) and a small depression down the midline still exists. I don’t really know that my glossitis is due to a b12 deficiency but the burning sensation most likely is and if it disappears after my course of B12 injections you will hear my cries of joy no matter how far away you might have your humble abode.

Lastly, I am watching the moons of my fingernails. My moons only exist on my thumbs and the right hand thumb “moon” is smaller than the left hand “moon” (Just a detail; no explanation. Remember succinctness rules this day!). I think there is the beginning of a moon on my left index finger and maybe even on the third finger. This is a very positive sign and a direction I hope I will continue to move in.



P.S. Did I actually say I would be succinct? Goodness gracious, good thing I wasn’t being verbose.