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#1 Old 04-07-2012, 08:43 AM
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My best friend is a nurse and can get me B12 injections at no charge, which is kinda cool since I'm vegan and B12 is somewhat of an issue if I don't eat enough fortified foods. How often should I get them?

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Hmm. Not sure why you would choose to get an injection rather than eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. You really should not be getting these injections without the guidance of a doctor.

No medical procedure is without risk, and the intramuscular injection that is used for B12 has a risk of muscle pain, nerve injury depending on the placement of the injection, and a small (but not zero) risk of infection. Taking supplements or eating fortified foods is zero risk.
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Not very often I would think. Can't your body run for years on its b12 supplies after you go vegan so it doesn't need very much.
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Not very often I would think. Can't your body run for years on its b12 supplies after you go vegan so it doesn't need very much.


That is absolutely horrible health advice. The human body quite simply needs B12. Period. It's an essential nutrient.

There's something every vegan should know about B12.


As for the OP, why not get your levels checked? Unless they're critically low there's no reason to rely on injections. Sure they won't HURT, especially if they're free, but they might be overkill.

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Hmm. Not sure why you would choose to get an injection rather than eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. You really should not be getting these injections without the guidance of a doctor.

No medical procedure is without risk, and the intramuscular injection that is used for B12 has a risk of muscle pain, nerve injury depending on the placement of the injection, and a small (but not zero) risk of infection. Taking supplements or eating fortified foods is zero risk.

^This. I don't understand why you would prefer getting stuck with a needle instead of just eating foods with B12 or popping a tiny pill.
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^This. I don't understand why you would prefer getting stuck with a needle instead of just eating foods with B12 or popping a tiny pill.

What's the difference, it gets to the same place lol. I personally would say do you own research and go from there. I heard this many pluses to the injection, though obviously contact your normal physician.
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Yeah...again, if you think you might be deficient get bloodwork done. If you're just a little deficient or even if your numbers are good, taking a pill every day won't hurt one bit. It's water soluble. Your body will flush out any excess. Many vegans do become deficient to horrible health results. It's not a game or a gamble. It's your health...but injections are rarely necessary for most people.

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Got ya. I mean, I like soymilk and cereals and tofu , I just thought getting an injection would bring me up to speed if I was low faster than remembering to buy my fortified foods this week. I think I should just invest in a good multi. Thanks for the advice!

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Take a supplement, B12 only have an advantage if you lack intrinsic factor (pernicious anemia).

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