RACINE — Increased energy, improved memory and better sleep are among the benefits a new Regency Mall shop, The B-12 Store, says it can give customers.
The B-12 Store — which offers, just one thing, vitamin B-12 injections — is a new venture by Perry and Lisa Ruiz of West Allis. It is their third entrepreneurial venture, spawned by their Physicians Weight Loss Center in West Allis, a franchise.
“We do B-12 shots with that,” with a doctor and nurse on staff, Lisa said. But they also have customers who were coming from around the area just for the shots.
Kathy Jensen, 54, of the Town of Dover, was one of them. Jensen, who works for SC Johnson, had B-12 shots in the past, but about four months ago started getting them about once a week.
“I needed more energy because I was always run down,” Jensen said. “... I think they give me a lot more energy; I just feel better all the way around.”
They also have helped her with weight loss, she said.
The B-12 Store claims the injections can help treat fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea, shortness of breath, nervousness, depression and heart disease. Lisa said it can also lessen premenstrual syndrome mood swings.
“I myself, I use it all the time — I have three kids and three businesses,” Lisa said. She gives herself a shot once a week. There’s no immediately noticeable jolt she said, but added, “When you miss it, you notice.”
Dr. Ani Saryan, a family medicine physician at the Wheaton Franciscan clinic at 4328 Old Green Bay Road, Mount Pleasant, said most people would get enough B-12 in the foods they eat daily. B-12 is only found in animal products, and it’s in meats, fish, eggs and dairy products.
Signs of a B-12 deficiency would be fatigue, maybe tingling in hands and feet, memory impairment, and it can be linked with depression, Saryan said.
But there are many causes of fatigue and anemia, she added.
For a B-12 deficiency shown by a blood test, Saryan said, a doctor would prescribe B-12 injections: normally one daily for a week, then one a week for four weeks, then one a month “for probably just a month or two.”
B-12 is mostly stored in the liver and an injection would last about one to two weeks, Saryan said. Any excess would be excreted in the urine.
Lisa said the store will not give a B-12 shot to anyone with kidney or liver disease or Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, or who is pregnant or breastfeeding. In five years of giving the shots, she said, no client has ever had an adverse reaction.