Restorative Medicine: IV Therapy and Dr. Vladimir Alexeyenko in New York, NY, provide vitamin B12 injections. In this interview, Dr. Alexeyenko discusses B12 injections and the intrinsic factor.
In addition to B 12 injections, there is also an Intrinsic B 12 IV or injection. People have been aware that Vitamin B12 is a necessary nutrient for health. It contributes to the production of beautifully shaped, healthy red blood cells, cells produced in the bone marrow. When levels of B 12 are too low, it results in a condition known as anemia. Anemia is dangerous, with weakness and extreme fatigue in the short term. In the long run, more severe issues can permanently impact your quality of life. Common symptoms of anemia include heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and poor appetite, weight loss, and diarrhea.
A minor B 12 deficiency, caused by poor nutrition or a short term illness, can be quickly addressed with general B 12 injections, or an infusion of vitamin-packed Myers Cocktail. Patients tend to respond almost right away and feel better. These vitamin injections, including the B 12, can also speed up metabolism and provide energy for those on low-calorie diets. However, a persistent B 12 deficiency that continues over a long period and doesn’t seem to correct with injections should be looked at carefully. It could be that the low intrinsic factor is playing a part.
The Intrinsic Factor
Intrinsic vitamin B 12 is the vitamin combined with Intrinsic Factor, a glycoprotein typically secreted in the lining of the stomach. One of the tasks of the intrinsic factor is to absorb and bind with B 12 and deliver it to the small intestine. There, the proteins are digested, and B 12 released into the bloodstream to help promote the production of healthy red blood cells. When there is a severe shortage of intrinsic factor, this process can’t take place, so no matter how much B 12 is consumed, it can’t be absorbed and used by the body.
In the worst case, a severe lack of intrinsic factor leads to a thinning of the lining of the stomach, and a condition known as pernicious anemia can result. If left untreated, this form of anemia leads to numbness in the hands and feet, irritability, muscle weakness, memory loss, and dementia, or depression.
Dr. Alexeyenko, director at Restorative Medicine, is one of the few IV practitioners that tests for intrinsic factor. Looking at the level of this essential protein helps him to determine if the client is B 12 deficient because of a poor diet, or lack of intrinsic factor. If it is the latter, no matter how much of this nutrient the client takes in, all the B 12 gets flushed back out as waste.
According to Dr. Alexeyenko, it’s very impractical to administer any IV infusion or injection of B 12 without doing an intrinsic test first. Otherwise, whatever has been spent on treatment becomes expensive urine. While actual cases of pernicious anemia are rare, natural proteins do tend to diminish as we age, and everyone’s digestive system is different. It is possible to have a bery low a level of intrinsic proteins, even if not in the danger zone.
B 12 Vitamin Treatments with Dr. Alexeyenko
With an intrinsic B 12 vitamin treatment at Restorative Medicine, a solution of B 12 combines with a synthetic version of glycoprotein. This allows for B 12 to be absorbed and released, and help the organs function well. From brain activity to heart health to having a robust immune system, there are few issues that a good red blood cell count can’t resolve. With Intrinsic B 12 therapy, the proteins and nutrients work together to get the B 12 where it needs to be. The body uses B 12 for healthy red cell production. This leads to better brain function, a stronger immune system, an improved central nervous system, and heart health.
When embarking on IV therapy, visit a clinic where there is interaction with a licensed medical doctor, preferably one that is also an IV specialist. A family history of anemia means that an Intrinsic test should be included in bloodwork, which in many cases, it is not. If there are symptoms of extreme fatigue, listlessness, or cognitive issues, especially anyone under the age of 10, it is also a good idea to test for intrinsic. Juvenile pernicious anemia is rare, but it does happen. Furthermore, hypothyroidism, Grave’s disease, thyroiditis, vitiligo, or Addison’s disease can affect Intrinsic and B 12 levels. Anyone undergoing stomach surgery might also experience a lower level of intrinsic proteins. In these cases, putting intrinsic back into the system can improve the situation. Other situations can reduce the effectiveness of intrinsic factor. Diabetes, diverticulitis, or other conditions can steal the proteins also, which allows intestinal bacteria to multiply and limit B 12 release.
IV therapy is about being preventative with your health, and adding back into your system the essential minerals, vitamins, and nutrients it needs to function efficiently. IV treatments can also be about stripping away what should not be there. There are IV drips developed to bind with heavy metals and toxins, for example, compounds that flush them out of the body quickly before they can do damage to your organs. In either case, introducing infusions is a very proactive measure to achieve good health and maintain it.
Learn More About B12 Injections at Restorative Medicine: IV Therapy
To learn more about Dr. Vladimir Alexeyenko, Restorative Medicine: IV Therapy and B12 injections, visit the practice website https://vladimiralexeyenkomd.com/. Patients who are interested in B12 shots and injections should call (917) 994-9390 to schedule a same day appointment.