What's Vitamin B12?
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.
How much Vitamin B12 do I need?
What are the symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency?
Why get an injection or IV?
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!
Who can benefit from nutrient injections and IV Vitamin Drips?
Is there a way to test my Vitamin B12 levels?
Are nutrient injections and IV Vitamin Drips safe during pregnancy and/or while nursing?
Will a Vitamin B12 injection interfere with my medications?
Is Vitamin B12 found in food?
If I receive a nutrient injection should I still take oral supplements and or medications?
B12 LOVE Treatments
When will I feel the benefits? How long do they last?
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.
Are there side effects from Injections/IVs?
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.
How often should I receive 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.
Can anyone get a B12 injection or IV?
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.
How long do the treatments take?
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.
How often should one receive an IV vitamin drip treatment?
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.
Who administers the IVs?
IV treatments are administered by licensed Naturopathic Doctors teamed with Naturopathic Medical Assistants, 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.
Do I need to make an appointment for an IV vitamin drip at the B12 LOVE lounge?
Yes. During COVID-19, all services are offered by appointment only.
Why does it take 45+ minutes to get in IV drip at the B12 LOVE Lounge?
B12 LOVE Locations
Do you take appointments?
Do I need to eat something before visiting?
How long does a visit it take?
Which injection is best for me?
Who administers the injections?
What is a naturopathic doctor?
I want to speak more in-depth with your medical team. When is a good time to do that?
How does your team know which shot is best for me?
Can kids receive Vitamin B12 injections?
Why don’t you have a certain vitamin/nutrient available?
What is your Kindness Policy?
What is your Pet Policy?
B12 LOVE Nutrients
What forms of Vitamin B12 do you use?
We use Methylcobalamin and Hydroxocobalamin which are the superior, most bioactive forms of injectable Vitamin B12.
What other nutrients does B12 LOVE offer?
B12 LOVE offers a range of bioavailable nutrients that can help support modern day lifestyles, including:
- Vitamins B5, B6, and B-complex
- Vitamin C (IV only)
- Vitamin D (injection only)
- Zinc, Selenium, Calcium (IV only)
- MIC – Methionine, Inositol, Choline
- CoQ10 (injection only)
- Amino Acid Blend
- Homeopathic treatments for immune function, pain, inflammation, neuropathy, muscle spasms, and lymphatic drainage.
Are your nutrients vegan? Where do they come from?
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.
What is a “detox effect” from Glutathione?
Why can I “taste” the B Cocktail injection?
Payments & Purchases
Do shot packages expire?
Can I use my shot package at any B12 LOVE location?
Does B12 LOVE accept insurance?
What forms of payment do you accept?
What is your return policy?
Can I check my B12 LOVE account to see how many shots I have remaining in my package?
This can be done easily by creating an online profile on our system. To do so, please use this link and click “Need new password?” and enter the email address that you used when first registered at one of our locations. Once registered, you can:
- View remaining shots in your package
- Purchase individual shots, packages, or gift cards
- update your account information
Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin or Hydroxocobalamin)
Food sources: Animal based: fish, beef, dairy, eggs, poultry.
MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline)
Caution: Caution if have bipolar disorder.
B6 (Pyridoxine or Pyridoxal 5 phosphate)
Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters, chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. It is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which regulates the body’s internal clock of sleep and wake cycles.
Treatment for: PMS, insomnia, depression, morning sickness, neuropathy
Food sources: Potatoes, bananas, meat, poultry, fish, grains
Caution: Injection might sting a bit.
Lipo Formula (B12, B complex, MIC, L-Carnitine mixed)
Treatment for: Immune support, weight loss, supports cardiac and skeletal muscles, nerve pain, fatigue
Food Sources: L-Carnitine is found in animal products (meat, fish, poultry, and milk).
Caution: Injection might sting a bit. Contains MIC, caution if have bipolar disorder.
B Complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6)
B Complex plays an important role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. These essential nutrients help convert our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized throughout the day.
Treatment for: Immune support, neuropathic pain
Food Sources: Brewer’s yeast, leafy greens
Medication Interactions: Birth control depletes all B vitamins. Alcohol depletes B vitamins.
Caution: Injection might sting a bit.
Along with helping the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates, biotin has been linked to improving hair health and maintaining proper functions of the nervous system.
Treatment for: Hair growth, skin, nails, diabetes, depression, low biotin (pregnancy can deplete biotin)
Food Sources: Egg yolk, liver, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, veggies
Caution: Interferes with thyroid lab results
Glutathione is the master antioxidant and detoxifier of every cell in your body. It is composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. Glutathione is the most important antioxidant produced by the body. It prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides.
Treatment for: Detoxification, liver health, immune support, allergies, Parkinson’s, brightens and lightens skin
Food Sources: n/a
Caution: Injection might sting a bit.
Detox reaction: Feeling fatigued, slightly nauseous, slightly flu-ish for 12-48 hours, but noticeable increase in energy and well-being after detox subsides.
A sulfur-containing amino acid important in the metabolism of fats. It is a major constituent of bile and can be found in the large intestine.
Treatment for: Stabilizes cell membranes, cardiovascular health (congestive heart failure), diabetes, cirrhosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver, eye health, muscle recovery, mood (calming, concentration, mood), can lower blood pressure
Food sources: Animal products
Caution: People with epilepsy, patients receiving chemotherapy treatments, and people on lithium.
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt)
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral that is important for many systems in the body, especially the muscles and nerves. Magnesium sulfate also increases water in the intestines. Orally, magnesium sulfate is used as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation.
Treatment for: Heart issues, muscle cramps, pain, headaches/migraines, anxiety, fatigue, stress, hypertension, PMS
Food Sources: Almonds, tofu, spinach, beans, chocolate, etc.
Caution: Injection might sting a bit. Magnesium Sulfate is not water soluble.
Vitamin D is called the “sunshine vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3.
Treatment for: Vitamin D deficiency, immune support, mood, bone health, fatigue, autoimmune diseases
Food Sources: Fortified food, cod liver oil, oily fish.
Caution: Injection contains sesame oil. Vitamin D is not water soluble.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Promotes healing and supports the immune system. Vitamin C also functions as an anti-oxidant, anti-histamine, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Intravenous administration of vitamin C reduces the severity of the common cold. Only available with IV’s.
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 Happy Hour location, but providing only the finest quality products is always our main priority. We greatly appreciate your understanding.