Vitamin B12 is one of the body’s major building blocks, helping it to make DNA and keep nerves and blood tissue healthy. Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, including beef, seafood, milk, and cheese. Because it’s only found naturally in animal products, vegetarians run the risk of having vitamin B12 deficiencies.
The body needs B12 for optimal health. However, even people not suffering from B12 deficiency have turned to shots of the vitamin recently as an alternative therapy for chronic conditions, including back pain.
Studies have shown that vitamin B12 shots can successfully decrease back pain.
One study conducted in 2000 by Italian researchers at the University of Palermo found that vitamin B12 helped to alleviate lower back pain. The study evaluated 60 patients aged between 18 and 65 with proven back pain lasting anywhere from six months to five years.
Study participants were divided into two groups and received either a B12 shot or a placebo. Results showed injections alleviated back pain in patients even if they entered the study with adequate blood levels of vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 shots are a useful, alternative treatment for helping back pain sufferers reclaim their lives.
Benefits to using B12 shots included reducing the amount of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, patients must take to manage pain, according to the study.
Vitamin B12 has no known side effects, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, compared to long-term NSAID use, which can damage the gastrointestinal system and possibly lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Researchers aren’t sure how vitamin B12 shots help patients reduce back pain. However, they speculate that the vitamin helps nerves repair and regenerate in the back. Benefits to treating back pain with B12 shots include the vitamin’s low cost, minimal side effects, and ability to get patients back to work and enjoying their lives.
Have you ever tried vitamin B12 shots for back pain?
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