B12, Grazing and Focus

Wikipedia has this to say about B12:

Vitamin B12, vitamin B12 or vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid
and synthesis and energy production…Vitamin B12 is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting the DNA synthesis and regulation but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.

After weight loss surgery, it is very difficult to absorb enough B12 through food sources, so I take a daily B12 supplement. But I also take a B12 shot. I started  with once a month, but soon discovered that taking it more often made  a huge difference in my ability to stick to plan. Whenever I find myself eating when I’m not hungry or mindlessly snacking, my husband looks at the calendar and points out that it is time for my shot. In the last 10 months I have gradually increased the frequency (with my doctor’s advice and permission) to every two weeks. This seems to work for me.

In addition to the  munchies, I also find that I have problems concentrating. My job as an analyst is a great measuring stick for that. Before I increased the frequency of the b12 shot, I had one day where I was so disoriented that I had to go home. Fred figured out it was the shot and I took it right away.

It is a little weird how quickly it takes effect.  I can take it and in about five minutes start to feel different and in an hour be completely back to normal. I keep doing research, but so far, haven’t found any indications that  there is any harm in the shot. I do worry that the frequency will continue to diminish. I mean, I can’t take it every day, can I?

Week before last, I didn’t get my vitamins organized and relied on the backup vitamins I keep at work. I only had a couple of b12 left at work, so didn’t take my full shot. By the end of the week, I really noticed the difference because it was also, bad timing, time for my shot. But I took the shot and continue to take the daily sublingual from Bariatric Advantage. This week I felt more in control of my eating and  able to focus and get more accomplished.

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One thought on “B12, Grazing and Focus

  1. really interesting….I’ll mention this to a friend/trainer/expert by experience and see what he has to say…..typically with any supplement there is always a downside to too much so you have to find that correct amount… (experience has taught me this one on others – remember when doctors didn’t think it was possible to take too much E?)

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