Why B Vitamins Won’t Help Your Nerve Pain

Why B Vitamins Won’t Help
Your Nerve Pain

Dr. Kennedy, DO, Ph.D., MBA, FAAFP
Last Updated May 16, 2023 @ 6:46pm EST

Dr. Kennedy, DO, Ph.D., MBA, FAAFP
Last Updated May 16, 2023 @ 6:46pm EST

They're touted as an effective way to support nerve health and even reduce pins & needles discomfort or weakness, but do they work? Here's what one seasoned expert says you need to know BEFORE taking B vitamins for nerve pain.

Talk to any expert on nerve discomfort or do some basic research on the condition and you’ll quickly learn that vitamin B12 is perhaps the most important vitamin for boosting your nerve health.

So why would I tell you that it won’t help with your nerve discomfort?

It’s not that B12 CAN’T help boost nerve health and ease nerve discomfort.

If you find it in the right form, it absolutely can and will help.

The problem is that most of the B12 vitamins you’ll find at your grocery store or online aren’t the right form of B12 and won’t do anything but produce expensive urine.

In the right form, B12 plays a crucial role in supporting nerve health in the following ways:

Myelin production: Every nerve in your body is protected by a microscopic layer of fat called the Myelin Sheath. It protects the nerve signals as they travel to and from the brain. But if the myelin sheath is damaged and the nerves touch each other - it can cause a short circuit. Vitamin B-12 is one of the few vitamins that helps produce myelin in the body to protect nerves.

Nerve regeneration: Vitamin B12 is involved in the synthesis of DNA, which is essential for the growth and repair of cells, including nerve cells. Adequate levels of vitamin B12 support nerve regeneration and may help repair damaged nerves.

Homocysteine regulation: Vitamin B12, along with other B vitamins, plays a role in the metabolism of homocysteine, an amino acid. Elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of nerve damage and pain. Vitamin B12 helps lower homocysteine levels, reducing the risk of nerve damage.

If Vitamin B12 is so effective at reducing nerve pain, why do I say it won't help?

Well, there’s a dirty little secret that most vitamin manufacturers don’t want you to know.

Most manufacturers are trying to boost their bottom line by selling a cheaper, less effective form of the vitamins they’re pushing.

This is especially true of vitamin B12.

Vitamin manufacturers know all too well that most consumers only pay attention to the names on the labels that they’re familiar with (i.e. Vitamin B12).

For example, if you pick up a vitamin B12 supplement from your grocery store or pharmacy – you’re probably just looking for the words “vitamin B12” on the label.

Once you see B12, you toss it into your cart and move on.

But, there are 5 different types of Vitamin B12 and taking the right one is crucial to supporting your nerves. I'll tell you which form of B12 to look for in the next section (hint: MOST vitamin B12 supplements don't use this form).

Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin vs. Methylcobalamin)

Most B12 supplements use B12 as cyanocobalamin. As you may have guessed, this is the less effective and less potent form of B12 (and much cheaper to produce).

This synthetic form of B12 has a difficult time absorbing into your system – meaning very little of it actually makes it to your nerve cells.

The other form of B12 – methylcobalamin (or Methyl-B12) – is up to 12x more effective than the synthetic cyanocobalamin you’ll find in most B12 supplements. This superior form of Vitamin B12 is the only form shown to absorb effectively and have a profound effect on nerve discomfort or weakness.

Vitamin B12 isn’t the only one…

The same holds true for Vitamin B1.

Vitamin B1 converts carbohydrates into ATP to fuel nerve regeneration. Not only that, but it helps protect nerve cells from oxidative stress, which leads to further breakdown of nerve tissue.

Many nerve supplements contain the common form of vitamin B1 called thiamine.

Your body has a hard time absorbing thiamine.

But there's a more potent form of B1 called benfotiamine. Its open ring structure allows it to absorb approximately 5x better than thiamine and 3.6x better than thiamin hydrochloride (common forms used in most B1 supplements).

If these forms of B vitamins are so effective, why are they almost impossible to find on store shelves?

Many vitamins and supplements have become a commodity where manufactures only compete on price.

Methylcobalamin and benfotiamine are up to 10x more expensive to produce and most companies are in a race to the bottom to produce the cheapest products (so they can pad their profit margins at the next quarterly shareholder meeting).

Not all companies work this way, so it's important to do your due diligence when deciding who to buy from.

B vitamins aren’t the only nutrients that can have a powerful effect on the nerves IF USED IN THE RIGHT FORMS….

There’s one more powerful nutrient that has a profound effect on nerve health: it’s called ALA.

Using the right form of ALA is crucial because the wrong form can actually damage your nerves and block nutrients from your body.

Whenever I recommend a protocol to my patients that includes the B vitamins above, I always recommend ALA as well.

To learn more about ALA and how it works in unison with B vitamins to accelerate your nerve health, click below…

About Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy is a board-certified family physician specializing in geriatric care, with over four decades of invaluable medical expertise.

With a passion for delivering compassionate patient-centered care, Dr. Kennedy has dedicated his career to enhancing the well-being of his patients.

Beyond his tireless work in medicine, Dr. Kennedy leads a fulfilling life outside the clinic. He is a published author of motivatinal books like "5am & Already Behind" and "The Surfer's Journey".

Even at his age, he still surfs most mornings in his home state of Florida. As a devoted grandparent, he cherishes creating lasting memories with his beautiful grandkids.

Dr. Kennedy's remarkable career, vibrant personal life, and literary achievements make him an extraordinary healthcare professional and an inspirational figure in his community.


*We are dedicated to bringing readers valuable information which can help them accomplish their financial and lifestyle goals. Our disclaimer is that this site does receive compensation for product reviews and referrals or purchases made through our links. This page is an advertisement/advertorial. The story depicted here is for demonstration purposes only and everyone's results may vary. We hope you find our online resource informative and helpful. This site is in no way affiliated with any news source. This site contains affiliate and partner links. This website and the company that owns it is not responsible for any typographical or photographic errors. If you do not agree to our terms and policies, then please leave this site immediately. All trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively the "Trademarks") displayed are registered and/or unregistered Trademarks of their respective owners. Contents of this website are copyrighted property of the reviewer and/or this website.