Jill is back— and this month she comes to us with her report on B12 shots. Breezy Mama sent Jill on her mission after hearing about numerous women who were getting the shot and reporting results that included everything from weight loss to restored sex drives. Jill had to know–should she believe the hype?
Please note: The following is Jill’s opinion and should, in no way, be replacement for advice from your medical professional. Though she is that cool. . .
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 and 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 synthesis and energy production. As the largest and most structurally complicated vitamin, it can be produced industrially only through bacterial fermentation-synthesis.
I’m not quite sure what any of that means. All I know is that the vitamin B12 is rumored to be a great way to get energy and perhaps lose weight. I can recall being on set many years ago watching actors go see the set nurse to get a dose of B12. It’s taken many years for the general public to catch on to this vitamin shot “miracle”. I myself was very interested when Alex told me that moms are starting to get the shot mostly for the increased energy, and hope to shed a few lbs in the process. Chelsea was actually the one who was interested in getting the shot, but because she’s knocked up, I was the obvious choice to be the guinea pig.
I wasn’t sure where to start: My G.P? My Gym? Downtown L.A.? I decided to ask one of my mom friends from my kindergarten class who happens to be a rheumatologist, but had previously been an internist. Her name is Olga Popel and she is one of the smartest most grown up women I know. Olga runs two practices, is a Daisy Troup leader, and still manages to drop her wonderful daughter Vicca off at school every day. I told her that I needed to get vitamin B12 shot and I was wondering if she could accommodate me. Olga instantly said yes, but when I asked her about the increased energy and potential weight loss, she couldn’t really comment. She mentioned that when she does give B12 shots it’s usually to patients suffering from pernicious anemia, and that was all she knew of the benefits. That did not help me one bit. What about the many women who don’t suffer from anemia that are getting the shots? I set out to see for myself if a shot of vitamin B12 is exactly what moms need. A boost of energy, even on our most tired days – which basically is every day. And hey, if there is any weight loss that goes with it, icing on the cake (hopefully the cream cheese kind).
I must be honest that I was excited to get the shot. I had heard that you get a kind of euphoric feeling from a dose of this vitamin and that some people even start smiling for absolutely no reason. I must admit, it is really hard for me to smile when I am exhausted, so I thought that if this is really true, I will get a shot once a month. I had daydreams about being that girl (you know who you are), who has an incredible zest for life, and never seems to tire, no matter what time of the day it is. My husband would marvel at my wonder woman ways. The song “I’m Every Woman” would be on repeat in my head. . . you get the idea. OK, back to reality. I went to the office, and Olga and her staff were extremely professional. They had my G.P. fax over my most recent blood work just to make sure there wasn’t anything unusual going on with my body that a B12 injection would either harm or hinder. The blood work was A-OK so we were off to the races.
As soon as I walked into the room I saw it. A long skinny syringe filled with what looked like red Kool-Aid. Yummy. After the medical assistant Danielle took my vitals, Olga came in for a quick hello and I was ready to become a changed woman. I began to take my shirt off so that I could expose my arm for the injection, when Danielle embarrassingly pointed out that I needed to put my shirt back on and expose my rear end. This was both good and bad news. I narrowly escaped her seeing my muffin top and 5 year old worn out Target bra, but now she was about to see how much wagon I was really draggin’. To lighten the mood, I jokingly asked her if she could find a spot with enough fat. Crickets. Perfect. Now there were two people in the room who were uncomfortable. I won’t lie, the needle hurt. Just for a second, but it hurt. I now have a new appreciation for my kids who endure shots on an annual basis; however, I did not get a SpongeBob band aid. Before I left, I asked Danielle how much B12 she administered and she informed me that she injected me with 0.25mgs.
If I was to put music to this part of the story, I would probably use the sound you hear when you lose a game on The Price is Right. Bum-Bum-Pa-Bum, Waa Waa. Yup, you guessed it. I felt nothing the next day. I didn’t even take my vitamins for fear that they would somehow cancel out the effects of my shot. I waited all day for some kind of reaction, good or bad, but zip, zero, nada. The next day was much of the same. I forwent my vitamins; I even passed on coffee just to see if the Kool-aid shot would speak to me. I am sad to report that there was nothing but silence. My initial thoughts were that if the shot works well for people who have low iron levels (anemia), and my iron levels were normal, then maybe that is why I didn’t feel any different.
There are numerous factors that may have contributed to my not getting a rise out of a B12 injection, many of which I am probably unaware. We decided to try it out after we saw a local grocery store providing B12 shots on site (for a small price) and the claims that it was the answer to increased energy and weight loss. I guess I’ll just have to stick to the archaic formula of eat less, exercise more and get a good night’s sleep. Boring and time consuming, but at least there is proof that this method actually works.
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About Jill Kloster:
Jill begun her career as a hair and makeup artist in 1999. During her tenure, she’s worked on a variety of projects–from the Latin Grammys to commercials to the hit reality television show The Bachelor. Jill also has been a makeup artist to actors such as: Judy Greer (13 again, 27 dresses, The Wedding Planner), Josh Malina (The West Wing), and socialite Kimberly Stewart. These days, when she’s not in the shower road testing shampoos, she can be found at home in the LA Valley with her husband Owen and two kids, Ethan and Eiley.
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