Say No to B12 Shots with Parabens
Imagine going to your trusted doctor's office or pharmacy for a B12 shot thinking you're getting a perfectly safe injection that's free of toxins to learn the B12 solution you've been getting injected has more parabens in solution than B12?
Most doctor's offices and pharmacies use commercially manufacturered injectable solutions rather than a compounded formula for cost savings, ease of ordering, and a longer shelf life. We've found several B12 injectable solutions that have 1.7 mg of parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben) per 1 mg dose of cobalamin (B12)—that's nearly two times more toxins than B12. If the product was named based on the ingredient amounts in the bottle, it would be a paraben shot!
What's so bad about parabens?
Parabens—methylparaben, propylparaben, and the other four main parabens—are synthetic preservatives, each one being a disubstituted benzene (a highly toxic substance), used to improve shelf life by inhibiting bacterial growth and maintaining product freshness. In early 2004, a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology described high concentrations of parabens (particularly methylparaben) in breast tumors, suggesting a link between parabens and breast cancer. Although several studies have shown methylparaben to be an endocrine disruptor, mimicking estrogen in the body, and have linked it to breast cancer, it continues to be a commonly used ingredient in personal care products and, apparently, B12 solution for injection.
Benzene is a hazardous chemical and a known carcinogen recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as other agencies. The effects benzene has on the blood system include a decrease in red blood cells (RBCs) leading to anemia, bone marrow damage, excessive bleeding, immune system depression, as well as drying and scaling of the skin. Additionally, it affects the central nervous system (CNS) causing symptoms ranging from drowsiness, dizziness, and headache to loss of consciousness and even death. Not exactly what you'd expect in a B12 shot. Many people are getting a shot to reverse these issues, especially anemia, not cause them.
Parabens are linked to more than cancer.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on laboratory studies and studies of human populations, methylparaben has the potential to cause allergies, skin irritations, impaired fertility, pregnancy concerns, and other risks to the reproductive system, in addition to cancer. With the dramatic rise of allergies, skin irritations, and infertility in the general population, the last thing we need is harsh ingredients in something we think is healthy for us. As conscious consumers, we choose beauty products that are paraben-free, we need to be sure our vitamin shots are as well.
Many personal care companies have made a commitment to make their products toxin-free by eliminating harsh ingredients like parabens. It's inconceivable that doctors and pharmacies have not made the commitment to use B12 solution for injection that's free of toxins as well, especially given the fact this stuff gets injected!
B Bar® uses only toxin-free solutions for injection. And while others do too, if you're getting B12 shots elsewhere, we urge you to inquire about what you're receiving and make sure you're not getting a paraben shot with a side of B12.
Your health and safety are paramount. Please ask questions and don't assume that just because you're getting a shot from a doctor or pharmacist that it's safe and healthy for you.
Choose B Bar® and enjoy paraben-free B12 shots!
"We've found several B12 injectable solutions that have 1.7 mg of parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben) per 1 mg dose of cobalamin (B12)—that's nearly two times more toxins than B12. If the product was named based on the ingredient amounts in the bottle, it would be a paraben shot!