B12 Boost

Need a boost this Monday morning? B12 will never replace my ritualistic addiction to the day’s first cup of freshly brewed coffee, but you may want to clear some cabinet real estate for this peppy vitamin.

Doctors' offices and weight loss centers may offer B12 injections in fatty tissue - on the hip or back of your arm.

Doctors’ offices and weight loss centers may offer B12 shots.

What does it do? Supports the normal cell function of the gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, and nervous tissue

Secret Weapon? Helps to metabolize protein and fat

What types of food is it in? Milk, eggs, cheese, meat, seafood (fish, clams, oysters)

Other options? Grocery and health food stores offer B12 liquid drops or sublingual tablets. Sublingual means “under the tongue.” With both of these methods, your saliva will do the work as the liquid or tablet rests in the pocket under your tongue for absorption. B12 chews are also very popular. I love the sensation of eating candy-like gummy vitamins, but I still prefer the former. Cost: $8-$25

Huh? A shot? In Los Angeles, B12 injection Groupons and Lifebooker deals run rampant; might as well be listed under Required Immunizations. I was once buying protein bars at a store that tripled as a clinic and smoothie shop when the woman asked, “would you like to purchase a round of our B12 shots?” I should have asked if I could avoid the laborious sipping and take my smoothie through an IV, but my taste buds got the best of me as they enjoy peanut butter chocolate shakes. One day my curiosity peaked and I bought the B12 shot. A nurse took me into a private room, weighed me, and asked if I would like the shot in my rump or the fatty part of the back of my arm. Minimal sting. The big difference is that this is going right into your bloodstream instead of moving through your digestion like the chews. B12 shots are not created equal; always ask what else (if anything) is in it and if it includes lipotropics. I called ahead to ask questions and when I got there I requested to see the bottle. It is your responsibility and right to know. Cost: 1 shot/$15 or 4/$50 AND UP

My favorite? Sundown Naturals Sublingual B Complex with B12

Sundown Liquid B12

Sundown Liquid B12

My grocery store often runs buy one, get one free sales for this brand and I have seen many coupons in the Sunday newspaper. In addition to B12,  it also has a few other supplements such as Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, and Pantothenic Acid. See the full label here.

Riboflavin (B2): During metabolism, it helps release energy from from protein, fat, and carbs

Niacin: Supports carb, protein, and fat metabolism

Vitamin B6: Helps metabolize protein and create body tissue

Pantothenic Acid: Releases energy from vegetables and fats

[Source: American Council on Exercise Ace Health Coach Manual]

Your Hot Coffee,


Chelsea McMahon

Chelsea McMahon






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2 comments on B12 Boost

  1. Elayna
    March 31, 2014 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    Do you feel a difference when you supplement or not? As an RD I was a little apprehensive reading this post. Thanks for sticking to the facts. The only thing I’d like to say is you really don’t need it unless you aren’t getting enough of the animal products that contain it. It’s very important for vegans and some vegetarians

    • twohotcoffees
      April 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Elayna! Thanks for reading and for your comments. I really appreciate the feedback that vegans and vegetarians may want to investigate if they are getting enough of this vitamin. I do eat meat, but some days my protein intake is lower than others – without even noticing it I could be happy with big salads and soups and forget to make sure I’m adding enough protein in my diet. I have noticed that when I use B12 in the morning, I feel a little more energetic. I have also found that when I am practicing healthy meal choices + exercise, that B12 is a supportive supplement for my body. There is definitely no magic pill. In regards to shots vs. the drops, I have NOT found a huge difference in the results. Since the B12 injections are usually pretty pricey, and for me, the difference in outcome minimal, I am going to stick with my droplets. Do you take any supplements or have any products you’ve enjoyed learning about? :)


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