Bursitis B12 Vitamin Therapy

Does bursitis B12 therapy really work? Well,...

"In the 33 years I've been recommending vitamin B 12 treatment, I've only seen it fail to relieve bursitis pain once. In every other case - even ones with the worst pain and swelling - vitamin B 12 injections have always taken care of the problem."

J. V. Wright, MD, Harvard University and University of Michigan

What is Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is:

  • Water-soluble vitamin, one of the eight B vitamins
  • Combination of vitamin active compounds + rare element cobalt
  • Vitamin with the largest and most complex structure we know
  • Only synthesised by certain bacteria that posses the required enzymes. B12 synthesis and absorbtion occurs naturally in the digestive tract.
  • Human intestines contain B12-producing bacteria but it is doubtful that in sufficient amounts for proper nutrition.
  • B12 gets stored in the liver and recycled.

B12 is essential for:

  • Brain function
  • Nervous system function
  • Blood cell formation
  • Metabolism (including DNA synthesis and regulation)
  • Energy production
  • Mood and mental stability

Bursitis B12 Benefits

Research indicates that Vitamin B12 therapy may provide accelerated pain relief and healing for joint conditions, such as bursitis by:

  • Stopping inflammation in the joint by attaching itself to proteins that support cells neutrophils, which release agents of pain and swelling.
  • Restoring the function of myelin. Myelin sheath insulates nerve fibers so they can efficiently transmit nerve impulses. If myelin is damaged, the interruption of nerve signals leads to a wide range of neurological issues, such as joint pain.
  • Strengthening mineral density of bones and joints.

B12 Defficiency

Depending on the severity and length of the Vitamin B12 deficiency, it can cause, for example:

  • Brain and nervous system damage (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
  • Mental illness (e.g. depression, psychosis, dementia, Alzheimer's)
  • Anemia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Developmental disorders, autism
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Infertility

Sadly, B12 deficiency is more common that we generally realise. Some studies indicate that up to 40% of people aged 25 - 85 show low B12 levels. Why? Mainly because it is not routinely tested by most doctors.

Vitamin B12 deficiency resulting from inadequate dietary intake is relatively easy to treat - add foods containing B12 into your diet and / or take some vitamin B12 supplements.

The problem is that Vitamin B12 deficiency is typically caused by lack of absorption in the intestinal tract, rather than a lack of this vitamin in the diet, because the absorption of B12 is such a complex process.

If you suffer from any of these aliments, you are at even greater risk:

  • Microbial imbalances within the body
  • Gut inflammation / leaky gut / colitis / celiac / Crohn’s disease
  • Low stomach acids due to age, medication, illness or diet

Excess consumption of alcohol, antibiotics, tobacco, chemical additives, highly refined foods, fat and protein or poor food combining can all destroy healthy flora in the digestive track and inhibit proper B12 absorption.

If you suspect you might suffer from B12 deficiency, here are the steps you might want to take:

  • Get tested. B12 blood tests tend to be inexpensive.
  • Establish cause of the deficiency (if any) - get professional opinion
  • Adjust your diet
  • Supplement

Types of Bursitis B12 Therapy


In 1950s, Dr. I. S. Klemes took 40 sub-deltoid shoulder bursitis patients and gave them B-12 test injections. Nearly all of them felt pain relief within just a couple of hours. In about a month, all but three were completely bursitis free. Although there has not been done much more research on this, many doctors still use this method nowadays.

It's simple, although the approach can differ. Two examples:

  1. 1,000 mcg of B12 once a day for a week. Then once per 3 days. Then twice a week. Then once a week until the pain subsides.
  2. 2,000 mcg of B12 daily until the pain disappears.

Pain relief usually begins in two or three days after the initial injection. Complete elimination of pain may require up to 2 weeks.

Advantages of bursitis B12 shots:

  • Alternative for people who cannot absorb B12 through the digestive system as injections bypass the normal gastric absorbtion, going directly into the blood stream.
  • More effective in acute cases - again, because B12 is injected straight into the blood stream.

Disadvantages of bursitis B12 shots:

  • Stabilisers and preservatives that the injections usually contain (e.g. benzyl alcohol or hydrochloric acid).
  • Unless patients resolve their B12 gastric absorption issues (and in that case also improve their diet and / or supplement) or will continue with B12 injections indefinitely, the B12 deficiency and resulting symptoms will return as the B12 levels become depleted over time.
  • Psychological stress - some people just simply hate injections
  • Potential allergic response
  • Discomfort at the shot site

Bursitis B12 Diet - Animal Foods

Animal Sources of B12:

  • Seafood (e.g. clams, mussels, oysters, octopus, fish, crab, lobster)
  • Red Meat (e.g. beef, lamb) - liver is particularly B12 rich
  • Poultry
  • Dairy (milk, cheese)

Eggs are believed to contain a substance that actually blocks B12 absorption in the body and so are not the best B12 source.


Animal and dairy products contain very high amounts of B12.


  • Protein-bound vitamin B12 must be released from the proteins by the digestive proteases in the stomach and small intestine so it takes quite some effort for the body to digest it.
  • Vitamin B12 can be destroyed in highly acid conditions. And as the hydrochloric acid in our belly during the digestion of animal products is very acidic, it can be assumed that high proportion of 'meet & dairy' B12 gets damaged as a result.
  • Conventional animal products contain antibiotics, which are often B12 absorption inhibiting, killing the friendly bacteria.
  • Meat takes many hours to digest, decomposing along the way. Puterification destroys friendly bacteria in the intestines, including the B12 synthesizing kind.

Bursitis B12 Diet - Plant Foods

There are a number of schools of thought when it comes to plant based B12.

1. No B12 in plants

One argument goes that plants do not need B12 so they do not store it and so we can’t obtain B12 from greens, fruits, veggies or sunlight.

2. Minute amounts of B12 in plants

Others believe that, in fact, plants do contain B12.

But only in very small amounts. Nature designed it that way because our daily requirement of B12 is only tiny.

So provided that our intestinal tract is able to absorb B12 well, plant based diet can supply us with this vitamin sufficiently.

And it can do that better than B12 obtained from animal products as it is not protein-bound and so easier to digest.

The reason why this has not been scientifically proven yet is because B12 is always combined in foods with other vitamin B's and compounds and is present in such minute amounts that our current methods of detection cannot isolate it.

Plants sources high in B12: greens, sprouts, seaweeds & algae, fermented soy, nutritional yeast.

3. No available B12 in plants

Even if B12 is present in specific plant foods, it is probably unavailable to our body because plants may contain structural analogues (cobamides) inhibiting B12 from human metabolism.

4. Plants transmit soil that contains B12

B12 bacteria lives in the soil. Produce has soil on it. So if you do not wash your produce too scrupulously before consumption, it should still contain sufficient traces of B12.

In today's world, our foods are over-sanitised. In the past, humans would have received plenty of B12 - and loads of other nutrients and antibodies - from the not 1,000% sanitised produce, as nature intended.

5. We don't need any B12 in our diet

Cows are loaded with B12. But where do they get it from if they don’t eat meat? Herbivorous animals must either obtain B12 from bacteria in their rumens, or (if fermenting plant material in the hindgut) by reingestion of cecotrope feces. Their friendly bacterial flora manufactures the vitamin. So why wouldn't it work similar way in our bodies?

What is the evidence for these claims?

Well, not much is available, I'm afraid (or else I haven't found it).

You choose.


B12 supplements are produced industrially through bacterial fermentation synthesis process.

There are a variety of B12 supplements available at your local health food store or online: pills, liquids, patches, nasal spray, lozenges,...even a lollipop!

Beware. You may well have vitamin B12 floating in your bloodstream as a result of supplementation, but this does not mean it is usable to the body - synthetic inorganic compounds rarely are. Instead, look for natural raw vegan B12 supplements.

Also, use Methylcobalamin (human physiological form of B12) rather than Cyanocobalamin (semi-synthetic, cheaper, form of B12). Methylcobalamin is more powerful.

My Bursitis B12 Solution

I would recommend to try a combination of all of the options above.

Use injections only when your B12 deficiency is really serious and / or you suffer from severe malabsorbtion of B12.

Enjoy healthy diet, including loads of plant based foods and animal products if you like. Supplement just to be on the safe side.

Avoid alcohol, processed food.

Maintain a healthy body temple so you don't need B12 busting antibiotics or other medications.

We only need a trace amounts of B12 for health so that should do you.

Make sure that’s the case and get tested once a year.

And no, you can't 'overdose' yourself with bursitis B12. It has extremely low toxicity and even taking it in large doses seems to be entirely harmless to healthy people.

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