Vitamin B12 and Neuritis


What is Neuritis? 

Neuritis is an inflammation of a nerve or nerves. This inflammation usually manifests itself in pain in the area of affliction. It also may result in paresthesia (pins and needles), paresia (weakness), hypoesthesia (numbness), paralysis, wasting and disappearance of reflexes. In diseases such as Diabetes, one or many nerves can be affected. If neuritis is left untreated it can lead to permanent nerve damage and debilitation.  

Vitamin B12 and Neuritis 

Vitamin B12 helps to maintain healthy nerve cells and blood cells. Several studies have have shown that vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to polyneuritis. Many patients who have diabetes and are taking metformin, have a decreased level of uptake of vitamin B12, which may lead to neuritis. High doses of vitamin B12 have been shown reduce the inflammatory response seen in many conditions, such as neuritis. The vitamin B12 can reduce pain, initiate repair to the myelin sheaths, and promote regeneration of the nerve cells

Topical Vitamin B12 

The topical form of vitamin B12 developed by Mentor and associates is a specially formulated preparation that is an easy to apply, needle-free delivery system to the skin of the MS patient. This pain-free form of delivery greatly increases the patient comfort experienced during the administration of the medication and allows for self-medication without the need for medical staff or any special training. It has recently become apparent that oral supplementation with vitamin B12 does not provide enough vitamin B12 to overcome vitamin B12 deficiency due to the limited uptake capacity of the intestine for vitamin B12, hence there is a requirement for higher initial doses of vitamin B12 to be supplied either by injection or via the topical vitamin B12 formulation.  In addition, the topical formulation is particularly suited to patients who may have gastro-intestinal problems, such as gastric ulcers, atrophic gastritis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, or who are on metformin medication, which can often lead to vitamin B12 deficiency. 

Further Information on Neuritis, Peripheral Neuropathy and Vitamin B12

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Scientific publications on vitamin B12 and neuritis can be found at the following link