So, this week I had a B12 injection in my bum cheek. Some of you may be aware of B12 shots as a cure for the worst hangovers, with celebs queuing up for their jabs, the morning after the night before. But its powers go further. In beauty and health circles, B12 is hailed as a wonder boost for all sorts ailments.
Vitamin B12 deficiency or folate deficiency anaemia can cause a wide range of bad symptoms. These usually develop gradually but can worsen if the condition goes untreated.
Anaemia is where you have fewer red blood cells than normal or you have an abnormally low amount of haemoglobin in each red blood cell. General symptoms of anaemia may include fatigue, lethargy, breathlessness, feeling faint, headaches, pale skin, palpitations, tinnitus and loss of appetite. Further symptoms of B12 deficiency include, a yellow hue to the skin, a sore and red tongue, mouth ulcers, pins and needles, irritability, depression and a general decline in your mental abilities.
The shots are recommended for those who suffer from tiredness, lethargy, feeling faint and becoming breathless as a result of the reduced amount of oxygen in the blood.
A lack of vitamin B12 is a common cause for anaemia, but many celebrities use them for a pep me up.
Kelly Brook revealed earlier this year that she is a fan of the treatment.
She told a UK magazine: ‘A vitamin B12 shot in the bum does the job! They make you feel amazing – you go from a little bit groggy to ‘ding!’ It’s probably not that sensible though…’
Victoria Beckham has also said how much she relied on the supplement during each of her pregnancies, while Chelsea Handler has made claims for the vitamin’s aphrodisiac qualities, tweeting: ‘Guess who’s getting a b12 shot for horniness?’
They join stars Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, who also inject the shots, according to reports. And now me.
Google your nearest clinic for more info. Expect to feel alert, energised and a huge sense of well-being. Prices range from £25.
In the UK, vitamin B12 in the injectable form is available only on prescription and should be administered under the direction of a medical professional.