Besides improving our energy, the benefits of these vitamins are numerous, such as improved sleep! Many of these vitamins protect the heart, and nerves, and improve memory and concentration! I have trouble digesting the regular type of B-complex pill, so now take the chewable and this works so much better. I also take sublingual B12, along with my other vitamin supplements.
I take B12 shots with folic acid weekly and I have noticed improvement.
As always, please check supplements with your doctors, especially if you have more than one health condition. I am glad B vitamins are helpful to you, SK and Azlily!
Absolutely! Always check with your Doctor first, before adding anything! I know that with some meds, you cannot even drink grapefruit juice!
Every visit to my Rheumatologist, I have to list every supplement and med that I take, even if it hasn't changed. I've learned to prepare for this before every appointment, as my list is a long one.
Hijacking this one with a good title for B vitamins - strangely no threads directly about vitamin B12.
BTW - there are quite a few types of B12 = cobalamin. The normal one - cyancobalamin - is the cheapest, normal and least best sort…
After trying an oral combination of the various types to no avail (1g), I wanted to try injections. I contacted a specialized “Apotheke” called “Manufaktur” (Arnika Apotheke, Unteraching). I actually wanted ‘only’ 1mg, but they had only 5mg injections and I’d’ve preferred Adenosyl-Cobalamin, but they only had second best Methyl-Cobalamin at that time. My wife (ex-nurse) injected them s.c. into my belly every 2 weeks. Result: My levels rocketed to 1700 - no problem, surplus is, so funny - but they didn’t do anything for me. We repeated it a year later, cos I hadn’t anything left to experiment with and nothing was helping my sleep enough. No help. But I don’t regret trying them. Wasn’t that expensive.
This study (2015) definitely recommends to use the other forms: Treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency-methylcobalamine? Cyancobalamine? Hydroxocobalamin?-clearing the confusion - PubMed
This one (2015) says it doesn’t make much difference, but the arguments are more theoretical: Cobalamin coenzyme forms are not likely to be superior to cyano- and hydroxyl-cobalamin in prevention or treatment of cobalamin deficiency - PubMed
Both are available free as full articles.
Regarding injections: Both studies say that oral (e.g. 1-2 mg) is just as good as injections (then less), unless there is a defect, e.g. genetic, of cobalamin metabolism…
My GPs had been prescribing B12 for me for years, as I did use to have a deficiency.
Then an acquainted fibromate recommended the vitamin & mineral protocol of a German doc, Bodo Kuklinski (5 phases of 2-3 weeks each, mainly: 1. vitamin B12 injections / 2. potassium, zinc, selene / 3. vitamins B1 + B2, C, E / 4. flaxseed oil / 5. Q10)
While I wasn’t , I tried the whole thing for 3 months, actually twice. One of the basics was taking a high dose of B12, preferably injected. None of it did anything for me. What I take now is Mg malate & glycinate in combination with the GABA that’s helping me most. And I’ve been taking D3 for years as it’s always on the low side.