B12 Shots Specialist

Pacific Coast Integrative Health

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, N.D.

Naturopathic Doctor & Functional Medicine located in Capitola, CA

Are you looking for a natural solution to lift your mood? Do you wish you had more energy? At Pacific Coast Integrative Health in Capitola, California, Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND, who serves patients in the Santa Cruz area may have a solution with B12 shots. To learn more about the benefits of vitamin B12, call the office or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

B12 Shots Q & A


What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and member of the B-family of vitamins. You need vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and synthesize DNA. Vitamin B12 is also essential for the proper functioning of your neurological system. 

While data seems to indicate that most people in the United States are able to meet their daily vitamin B12 needs, deficiencies are still common among certain groups of people. 

Symptoms that may indicate a deficiency include fatigue, unexpected weight loss, and loss of appetite. A prolonged vitamin B12 deficiency may also affect neurological function, including issues with balance, and effects on memory.

What causes vitamin B12 deficiency?

There are many potential causes of vitamin B12 deficiency. Your diet may be the first place to look if you suspect a vitamin B12 deficiency as the nutrient is only naturally found in meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products. If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet you may not be getting an adequate supply from the food you eat.

Additionally, vitamin B12 can be difficult to absorb. Gut inflammation, caused by an underlying illness such as irritable bowel syndrome or food sensitivity, may affect absorption. You may also experience issues with poor vitamin B12 absorption if you’ve had gastric surgery. Aging also decreases nutrient absorption and may lead to a deficiency.

You can also develop a vitamin B12 deficiency during periods of stress, whether emotional or physical, due to an increase in your body’s need for the vitamin. Certain medications, including birth control and cholesterol medication, may also block absorption. Your body also uses vitamin B12 to help detoxify your body after you drink alcohol.

What are the benefits of B12 shots?

In addition to restoring a deficiency, vitamin B12 shots offer other benefits as well. After receiving your B12 shot you may experience:

  • Better mood
  • More energy
  • Deeper sleep
  • Mental clarity
  • Weight loss
  • Increased metabolism

Dr. Caitlin Fanning, ND injects the B12 shot directly into your muscle and the positive effects are almost immediate. 

Do I need to be deficient to benefit from B12 shots?

You don’t need to be deficient in vitamin B12 to benefit from B12 shots. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and the risk of toxicity is negligible. Additionally, getting an extra dose of B12 may support your weight-loss efforts and give you an extra boost in mood or energy.

To learn more about the benefits of B12 shots, contact Pacific Coast Integrative Health by phone or online today.