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Alternative B12 treatment for bursitis

Bust out the B12

Q: I read in your online archive about administering by injection 2,000 micrograms of vitamin B12 everyday for relief of bursitis. What would be the equivalent amount of the methylcobalamin form of B12, taken under the tongue?

Dr. Wright: If your body adequately absorbs methylcobalamin under the tongue (referred to as sublingually), 3,000 to 4,000 micrograms daily will very likely do the job. (Methylcobalamin is just one of many forms of vitamin B12.) But since sublingual absorption is highly variable–and in some cases can even be as low as zero–it’s not necessarily the best way to take it.

If you’re not comfortable with the injectable form, your next-best option is the liposomal form. If you decide to go this route, make sure you also supplement with folate. Research indicates it’s always wisest to take folate with B12. You can get both in a product called “Pro-Bone-O,” which is available through the Tahoma Clinic Dispensary, natural food stores, compounding pharmacies, and online through www.life-enhancement.com. (I worked with Life Enhancement to make this form of vitamin B12 and folate available.)