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Old 02-06-11, 01:44 AM   #21
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I don't have a good response for the last post from Cactus, but Sunlight, to clarify about Niacin because I found this out the hard way: Niacin that is not called "Flush Free" will make your skin feel HOT, prickly like little needles under your skin, and your body to flush red like a bad sun burn. Its an effect of the niacin itself. It won't hurt you in any serious sense, but it will be uncomfortable and highly noticeable. That is why the "Flush Free" sort is so important, it keeps those symptoms to a minimum or not to be experienced at all. Don't learn it like I did by buying a bottle! Its not worth suffering through a bottle of the pills just because you bought them and don't want to waste them.
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Wait so hey I'm a vegetarian... and I've heard that some vegetarians have to take vitamin b12 pills to keep their diet balanced. So if you are a vegetarian and you are lacking the vitamin b12, could it cause you to have depression?
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Wait so hey I'm a vegetarian... and I've heard that some vegetarians have to take vitamin b12 pills to keep their diet balanced. So if you are a vegetarian and you are lacking the vitamin b12, could it cause you to have depression?
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Reports from around the world reveal that may long-term total vegetarians (vegetarians who do not use any eggs, meat, fish, poultry or dairy products) are especially at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Unfortunately, many total vegetarians fail to recognize the seriousness of B12 deficiency. Total vegetarians often have low serum B12 levels and may manifest neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Thanks for your help sunlight, so I should probably look into getting some vitamin B12 pills...
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I read about tryptophan and have been eating foods high in it like turkey. I must admit, it has helped a little.
I havent tried taking B12 though.
Im interested to know if there are any tryptophan suppliments and if you can get them in Australia.

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God if vit.B can help in anyway I am going to be grazing on it :)
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What give me a lift is taking magnesium tablets which contain loads of b vitamins including b12. It really makes a difference. It takes the EDGE off low feelings making life more manageable.

People in scandanavian countries althought their cold and darker have the lowest reports of deppression . why ? Answer is they eat fish all the time! so take cod liver oil or tablets with omega 3.
Vitamin c is important to to fight of colds fevers etc.

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I ordered some vitamin B complex for stress, but I'm also feeling depressed mixed with anger and hurt. I haven't taken any yet.


My question is --- does anyone know if is this TOO much Vitamin B (below)? Here are the supplement facts:


Vitamin C
100 mg167%

Thiamin (B1 as thiamine HCl)250 mg16,667%

Riboflavin (B2)10 mg588%

Niacin (B3 as niacinamide)100 mg500%

Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)100 mg5,000%

Folic Acid (as folacin)800 mcg200%

Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)500 mcg8,333%

Biotin500 mcg167%

Pantothenic Acid (B5)100 mg1000%
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I take a B vitamin every day but the last two times I've had blood tests my Vit B12 has been really low. I'm going to get some B12 supplements and try them, and I need to start back on the fish oils too.
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Reading from my trusty book by Dr. Earl Mindell called What You Should Know About Herbs, Supplements, Trace Minerals, and Homeopathic Remedies. Here are some excepts from the section on B-12 that offer important information for knowing how to take B-12, symptoms that might indicate the supplementation of B-12, and at what age it is often needed:

"Vitamin B-12 is not well absorbed in the digestive tract, so the best ways to take it in are intranasally or sublingually (under the tongue).
"I believe that a very high percentage of senility symptoms in older people are caused by a simple vitamin B-12 and folic acid deficiency. As we age, we don't produce as much stomach acid and as a result we don't absorb our food as well. This is particularly true of the B vitamins, and especially B-12. Many older people tend to have poor nutrition anyway, but even with good nutrition, if there is an absorption problem, a vitamin B-12 deficiency may result. Anyone over the age of 50 who is experiencing problems such as memory loss, forgetfulness, depression, loss of appetite, and fatigue, should try a few weeks of B-12 shots (given by doctors and other health care professionals) to see if the symptoms clear up. Supplements of folic acid and B-6 should be given along with B-12, as they work best together."
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