The season is upon us! The weather is cooling down, and the kids are back to school. Unfortunately, they’re bringing all kinds of thoughtful gifts home with them, in the form of bacteria and viruses! Holiday stress is also creeping up on us, making our immune systems more susceptible to invaders.
Here at Spark Health, we understand how busy and hectic it gets during this time of year, and we want to help! Forget about boring B12 Shots, our “B well” vitamin injection is packed with different B vitamins and it’s the perfect way to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
The “B well shot” includes B complex, which provides important vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), and B3 (niacin). These are all required for immune health.
The “B well shot” also features a generous dose of Vitamin B5, also known as dexpanthenol. Vitamin B5 is an important component of the coenzyme that helps our body process nutrients (fats, carbs and protein), giving our bodies the resources to remain strong throughout cold and flu season. 1,3
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is an important coenzyme in the creation of antibodies and cytokines, which are crucial to immune function. 1 It has been well-researched that vitamin B6 deficiency affects the production of lymphocytes, antibodies and T cells (essential components of our immune system) and supplementation restores their function. 4
Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) deficiency in humans has been shown in research to decrease lymphocytes and suppress natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are a type of white blood cell that attack cells infected by viruses. Supplementation of Vitamin B12 reverses these effects, providing us with the defenders necessary to keep us healthy. 1,2
Together, these vitamins pack a powerful punch against seasonal invaders! These are delivered in one simple intermuscular vitamin injection with numbing medication for a pain-free experience!
Pop on into Spark Health and try a B-Well Shot and see how you feel! Call us at 858.228.4188 or spark@MySparkHealth.com .
1. Maggini, et al. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. British Journal of Nutrition (2007), 98
2.Tamura J, Kubota K, Murakami H, Sawamura M, Matsushima T, Tamura T, Saitoh T, Kurabayashi H & Naruse T (1999) Immunomodulation by vitamin B12: augmentation of CD8þT lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitamin B12-deficient patients by methyl-B12 treatment. Clin Exp Immunol-116, 28 – 32.
3. Institute of Medicine (1998) Dietary reference intakes for thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and choline. Washington, D.C.: Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press, Ch. 7, pp.150 – 195.
4. Leklem JE (2001) Vitamin B6. In Handbook of Vitamins, 3rd ed, revised and expanded. Ch. 10, pp.339 – 396 [RB Rucker, JW Suttie, DB McCormick and LJ Machlin]. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.
Dr. Samantha Larkin, ND– Associate Doctor and Manager of the Spark Health IV Program