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A Shot Without the Hangover

Jun 30, 2016 02:23PM
By Isabel Sharkar, ND
From popping supplements a few times a day to intravenous infusions once a week, both are great ways to get down your vitamins and minerals. However, there is a third option available to you that is also very effective—vitamin shots, or in other words, injections. Vitamin shots are energy-packed formulations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, delivered straight to your gluteus maximus. Although our west coast friends have paved the way for the vitamin shot culture, the east is catching on to these super beneficial nutrient-dense cocktails. Not only are they easy to administer, but they also work quickly in optimizing your body.

Surely you have heard of the vitamin B-12 and D-3 injections that have become popular.

The best form of vitamin B-12 is methylcobalamin, which does more than prevent anemia. B-12 is important for energy, DNA and red blood cell production, it slows cognitive decline by producing acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps with memory and learning, it helps produce myelin, the fatty substance protecting your nerve endings, it helps with depression by improving mood and B-12 works with folic acid to lower homocysteine levels in the blood and greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

If that wasn’t enough, vitamin B-12 also increases energy, mental awareness and alertness, reduces allergies, prevents stress and anxiety and improves sleep. If you are vegan or vegetarian, it is important to check your vitamin B-12 levels because the primary source of vitamin B-12 is animal products (meat, poultry, fish and eggs). It may take up to two years for your body to become vitamin B-12 depleted and for symptoms like depression to arise.

Vitamin D-3, known as the sunshine vitamin, has an important role in supporting the cardiovascular system, blood sugar balance, increases musculoskeletal strength, as well as neurological and immune function enabled by its ability to target more than 200 different genes throughout the body. Vitamin D-3 is the preferable form, as it has been found to maintain active vitamin D levels for a longer period of time. If levels are low, a vitamin D-3 injection is the best and most efficient way to increase your body’s vitamin D3 blood levels.

In addition to vitamin B-12, other nutrients that can go into your special shot include vitamin B complex, vitamins B-5 and B-6, glutathione and MIC (methionine inositol choline) to name a few.

  • Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic acid) plays a role in maintaining a healthy digestive tract, aids in red blood cell production and is great adrenal support for managing stress.
  • Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine) is an anti-inflammatory and helpful for hormonal balance, immune support, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, depression, arthritis, sleep and stress.
  • Glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants, is a potent detoxifier for the liver and body. It is also helpful in athletic recovery and performance. Due to high levels of oxidative stress on the body from a toxic lifestyle (food, prescription drugs, emotional trauma, physical stress and environmental pollution), the glutathione naturally made in the body gets depleted fast.
  • MIC contains inositol, a fat burning substance that helps the liver remove fat; choline, which distributes cholesterol and prevents it from getting deposited in one part of the body; and methionine, which is similar to inositol and amplifies the combination.
  • Starting off with vitamin injections to quickly build the body’s reserves and then maintaining with oral supplementation is both an effective and efficient approach. Vitamin injections are both faster than an intravenous infusion and oral supplementation, and offer many energy-boosting and body optimization benefits. Ask your naturopathic physician if vitamin shots would be a good fit for you.

    Isabel Sharkar, ND, is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, call 202-298-9131 or visit


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