By Sara Dayley
St. Louis (KSDK) -- Do you feel tired or need a little energy boost, but don't like taking pills or downing a ton of energy drinks?
Vitamin B12 is actually a water soluble vitamin that increases production of red blood cells, which helps the body maintain the central nervous system.
In addition to extra energy, research within the last few years has shown that higher doses may also help with weight loss.
B12 comes in many different forms; such as tablets, liquid drops, strips or injections.
The last one on that list may seem the least appealing; however, some doctors feel it's the best method that will in turn allow better results.
All this information poses the question, are the injections truly helpful or can they be harmful?
Can too much of a good thing be bad?
Truth is, B12 vitamins that are not absorbed into the body are discarded as waste. So after hearing about all the options, I decided to consult my physician and under medical supervision find out for myself if it really made a difference in my daily energy levels.
Over a six-week time frame I had two injections and did recognize a boost in energy. I will say that it takes a few days for the first dose to kick in, but for me personally, it beats taking a vitamin every day and I know I am getting the most out of what I put into my body.
So are B-12 injections for everyone, no. But should this be something you are interested, consult your physician and ask questions.