essay on vitamin B12
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Non-oral delivery of vitamin B12 to patients is not a new medical practice. In fact, for people with certain type of anemia or who have experienced certain neurological damages (e.g. stroke, trauma), it is very common for doctors to prescribe vitamin B12 as intramuscular or intravenous injections.
However, vitamin B12 shots are being used among certain people as “energy booster”. In this assignment, students will conduct an investigation on use of vitamin B12 shots to boost energy. Please conduct two searches: a search of the Internet AND a search of scientific database/portal (e.g. PubMed) on the topic. The investigative report should contain the following components:
Vitamin B12 Injections to Boost Energy Name: Institutional Affiliation: Vitamin B12 Injections to Boost Energy Introduction The use of vitamin B12 shots for energy boosts has been on the rise. A London-based infusion clinic reports that in approximately one year (2013-2014), it had acquired over 1,000 clients (Thompson, 2014). The advocates of the utilization of the Vitamin B12 to enhance energy levels base this on the role that the vitamin plays in DNA synthesis and metabolism. Athletes have utilized Vitamin B12 over the years to improve performance and endurance. According to Biscardi (2015), the sports people are usually injected with about 1g of the Vitamin B12 just before they compete. Many companies and individuals are involved in the Vitamin B12 business, and the practice has now spread and is offered in spas, cafes, bars and out of vehicles. The celebrities, particularly musicians utilize the intravenous Vitamin B12 infusions. Thompson (2014) discusses that the celebrities have assisted in Vitamin B12 injection businesses growth. Vita Sciences, one of the organizations dealing with Vitamin B12, reports celebrities such as Madonna, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber uses the B12 shots to boost their energy (B12patch.com, 2011). An article by Thompson (2014) in the Daily Mail, UK supports the case of more celebrities using IV drips of Vitamin B12 to improve their mental performance and energy. Metho