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Energy aside, B12 is an essential vitamin, meaning that the body requires vitamin B12 to function properly. The brain, nerves, blood cells, and many other parts of the body rely on vitamin B12 to develop and work correctly.

First, let’s talk B vitamins

There are quite a few B vitamins—eight to be exact—all of which perform unique functions with specific benefits. They help convert our food into energy and play important roles in different aspects of cell metabolism, helping you stay energized throughout the day. But they are also important in promoting healthy skin and hair, balancing moods and relieving stress, helping mental clarity and focus, supporting cardiovascular health, preventing migraines, and promoting immunity. Read: If you’re not supplementing with B12, start now.

Why is B12 so special

B12 is crucial to the proper functioning of your brain and nervous system, which means that it plays a vital role in ensuring that the following functions operate at an optimal level:

  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Emotional balance and calm
  • Nerve and blood cell health

Your body doesn’t produce vitamin B12 on its own, so supplementing B12 or eating B12-rich foods is essential. Vitamin B12 is found primarily in meat and dairy products, so vegetarians and vegans, in particular, are at risk for a deficiency.

What if you don’t have enough B12?

The most common deficiency is a B12 deficiency. Lack of B12 makes your body more vulnerable to physical and emotional stress, causing lethargy, fatigue, weakness, anemia, memory loss, neurological problems and even psychiatric problems. With B12 involved in so many of the body’s operations, it’s easy to see how coming up short can easily affect how well you feel on a given day. No, thank you!

The holidays are right around the corner, and you’ll need all the energy you can get. This month, our B12 shots are $20 (Reg. $29). We like to think of these as Santa’s little helpers—be sure to stay energized this season and call 512.379.6090 or book an appointment online before the end of the month.