General FAQs

Vitamin B12 is an “essential” nutrient, meaning that it is not produced in the body. It is mainly found in animal products (fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy), although some foods are fortified with B12. Because vitamin B12 is water-soluble, it is not stored in the body and must be replenished regularly. Vitamin B12 is vital to optimal health, and thus, it is the base of all our nutrient cocktails and IV formulas. 

While they are not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle, nutrient injections and IVs are a fantastic way to boost your energy and overall wellness on a regular basis. Because they bypass the digestive tract and can cross the blood-brain barrier, the nutrients and hydration in injections and IVs are 100% absorbed by our bodies’ cells. Whether you’re battling an illness or simply preparing for a big week, you will feel the benefits faster!

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While everyone’s response to the treatments will be different, clients generally feel some noticeable benefits within 24 hours. As a rule, the more depleted you are, the faster your body will go through the nutrients. Most of our loyal clients report feeling the benefits for up to a week. 

Bruising at the injection/IV site. A small bruise and/or soreness at the site are completely normal. The bruise should fade as a normal bruise would. The soreness should also go away within a few days. Let B12 LOVE medical staff know about it the next time you visit.

Pink or orange colored urine. You may notice a slight pink or orange tint to your urine for 1-2 days post treatment. This is completely normal and does not mean you are “wasting” your nutrients. The color is from red crystalline structures that naturally occur in Vitamin B12

Allergic reactions. While allergic reactions to the nutrients or equipment used are rare, it is possible. Generally, these reactions occur during or shortly after treatment, and so, are easy to recognize. B12 LOVE’s medical professionals are trained and prepared to treat adverse reactions. Always let the staff know if you have any known allergies to food, medication, or other substances before receiving a treatment.

With some exceptions, most of our nutrients are safe to get as often as you feel is necessary. We find that the more stress people are under, the more often they need to visit for an injection or IV. The majority of clients enjoy getting treatments 3 – 4 times per month.

The nutrients offered at B12 LOVE are generally safe and effective for the majority of the population. During your initial visit, B12 LOVE medical staff will go over your health history to determine if there are any contraindications. Always let the staff know if you have any known allergies to food, medication, or other substances before receiving a treatment. 

Additionally, while children can most certainly benefit from our nutrients, B12 LOVE does not offer injections to children under 13 years of age or IVs to persons under 18 years of age. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. B12 LOVE offers specific injection and IV formulas for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

B12 LOVE’s trained and licensed medical staff go to great lengths to ensure that all treatments are delivered comfortably and in an efficient manner. Injections are generally quick, easy, and received with minimal discomfort. While wait times vary, most injection clients are in and out within 15 minutes and report minimal to no “down time” or negative side effects after the injection.

While each individual’s body and experience is unique, IV clients can expect their treatment to take approximately 60-90 minutes. Most IV clients report feeling refreshed and/or relaxed after their treatment with minimal to no “down time” or negative side effects.

The number of treatments varies by person and health situation. The first IV drip at B12 LOVE can take up to 90 minutes. Following IV vitamin drip treatments are around 45-60 minutes and could be given weekly. Frequency depends on your preference and personal treatment plan for a long-lasting and maximum benefit.

IV treatments are administered by licensed naturopathic doctors and registered nurses. The treatment involves a small, expertly-inserted needle, with minimal discomfort. B12 LOVE only uses top quality health care supplies and the highest available grade of nutrients compounded in the U.S.A.

No. However, we highly recommend making an appointment if you are on a strict time schedule or if you plan on getting a with a group.

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We use Methylcobalamin which is the superior, most bioactive forms of injectable Vitamin B12.

Yes! Our nutrients are sourced on a bacteria medium that is plant-based. B12 LOVE carries only the highest quality, bioavailable nutrients from reputable compounding pharmacies in the U.S.A.

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Nutrient Information

NAD is the coenzyme form of vitamin B3 (niacin; nicotinic acid; niacinamide) is a universal cellular electron transporter, coenzyme, and signaling molecule present in all cells of the body and is essential for cell function and viability.  Levels are highest in newborns and steadily decline with age.

Treatment for: diabetes, heart disease, vascular dysfunction, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and vision loss.  May promote mitochondrial health and homeostasis, genome stability, neuroprotection, healthy aging, and longevity and may aid in treating addiction.

Food Sources: fish and all kind of mushrooms

Contraindications: pregnancy and breastfeeding

Mediation Interactions:  N/A

Caution: ramp up slowly — increase by 10-20 mg with each dose to get to optimal dosing. Some may experience temporary symptoms for 2-10 minutes (shortness of breath/ heaviness in chest,  pain behind eyes, energetic flow in legs, bowel stimulation)

CoQ10 is essential in the production of energy in the form of ATP and is a significant antioxidant, preventing free radical generation and modifications of DNA, proteins, and lipids.  It also has anti-inflammatory effects.   CoQ10 deficiency is a known cause of mitochondrial disease.

Treatment for: congestive heart failure, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, migraine prevention, MS, Peyronie’s disease, fertility (female and male), statin-induced myopathy, fatty liver, vision and hearing loss, sleep apnea

Food Sources: meat and seafood in small amounts; mostly produced in the body

Contraindications:  pregnancy (before 20 weeks), breastfeeding 

Medication Interactions: statin medications inhibit the body’s ability to make coQ10. May interfere with some chemotherapy medications – check with an oncologist.

An amino acid made in the liver, this increases mitochondrial function and helps produce energy. Found mostly in the skeletal and cardiac muscle, it is cardioprotective. 

Treatments:  weight loss, fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility (male and female), PCOS, hyperthyroid, myocarditis, congestive heart failure, muscle wasting. 

Food sources:  red meat, dairy

Contraindications: seizure disorder, chronic diarrhea, hypothyroid (hypothetical)

Medication Interactions: may increase effects of coumadin.  Some meds deplete L-carnitine (see detailed sheet)

An essential amino acid, L-lysine inhibits the replication of the herpes simplex virus.  It also increases the absorption of calcium, and is important for collagen synthesis. L-lysine may also affect the metabolism of serotonin.

Treatments: Herpes Simplex virus (HSV) and viruses in the herpes family (EBV, shingles, HHV6), improving athletic performance and muscle strength, wound repair, osteoporosis, stress, and anxiety. 

Sources:  meat, dairy, eggs, fish, legumes

Contraindications: n/a

Medication interactions: n/a

Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is crucial for human survival.  It not only protects the body’s cells from damage, but it is also needed to maintain the health of skin, teeth, bone, cartilage, and blood vessels as well as a healthy immune system.  Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant, antihistamine, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial.

Treatments: immune support, stress,  hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, postoperative pain,  wound healing, cognitive impairment, anti-aging

Food Sources:  citrus fruits, kiwi, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, brussels sprouts, bell peppers, cantaloupe and strawberries.

Contraindications: G6PD deficiency, kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, cancer (dep on oncologist)

Medication interactions: chemotherapy (dep on oncologist).  Alcohol, estrogen, diuretics, aspirin deplete Vit C

Calcium  (Calcium Gluconate or Calcium Chloride) — IV only

Calcium is essential to the function of our nervous and muscular systems, the coagulation of blood, and for normal contractility of the heart. Calcium also affects the secretory activity of endocrine and exocrine glands. Important for healthy bones and teeth.

Given with vitamin C in order to prevent hypocalcemia (low calcium). Only available with IV’s.

Treatment for:  hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia (high potassium), and hypermagnesemia.  Muscle cramps and spasms, arrhythmias, osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism, PMS, dysmenorrhea

Food Sources:  Dairy products, sardines, seaweed, collards, bok choy, spinach, broccoli, almonds, brazil nuts, tahini, tofu

Contraindications: cardiac arrest, kidney stones or kidney disease, hypercalcemia (high calcium blood levels), hypo or hyperphosphatemia, hyperparathyroid, sarcoidosis

Medication interactions: thiazide diuretics, lithium, digoxin, some blood pressure medications. Many medications deplete calcium levels

Zinc promotes wound healing and enhances immune function. It is anti-inflammatory and an antiviral against some viruses. Zinc also promotes the conversion of thyroid hormone to its active form. 

Treatments:  immune support, cognitive function, wound healing, reduction in taste and smell, osteoporosis, male and female infertility.

Sources:  beef, poultry, seafood, and grains

Contraindications: Renal Impairment, Hypersensitivity reactions 

Medication interactions: thiazide diuretics. Zinc affects absorption of tetracycline, quinalones, penicillamine

FYI: B12 LOVE is constantly researching the vitamin/nutrient market to source the best injectable vitamins for our clients. As a result, occasionally, we will not have access to all of the vitamins/nutrients on our menu. We do our very best to supply all vitamins/nutrients on our menu at every location, but providing only the finest quality products is always our main priority. We greatly appreciate your understanding.

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