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Monday, October 04, 2010 capricelondon, Community Member, asks

Q: I want to start sublingual methyl b12. Does one need to also take folic acid and b6 along with it for b12 to be beneficial? and if so what doses?

I'm 46 with brain fog and my mum has vascular dementia and Altzheimer's

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
10/ 6/10 11:07am

You are right about many GPs not knowing a lot about nutrition. Vitamin B-12 has been well researched - there are books about it and how the lack of B-12 can cause many ills, including dementia symptoms. B-6 is often given with B-12. Ideally, you would find a doctor who understands alternative medicine, including nutrition and supplements.

 

Sublingual drops are often better absorbed than pills. As we age, our bodies often absorb less B-12 (and other nutrients). My personal thoughts, for me, are that these are good for us. However, there may be reasons you shouldn't take them, so do try to find a different doctor. At the very least, don't use huge doses without guidance. But you are right to investigate this.

Carol

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NC, Community Member
10/ 5/10 1:21pm

Hi Capricelondon,

 

I am sorry that your Mom has vascular dementia and Alzheimer's. My father-in-law has late stage of Alzheimer's. But the chance for getting it as the adult child may be as small as 4% or none. I don't mind taking health products such as B12 or Q10 for preventative care. I am not sure about B6. But you should talk to your family doctor to make sure there is no problem with it. Sometimes try to take it moderately. A large dose of vitamins at times may bring you side effects in the future.

 

Regards,
Nina

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NC, Community Member
10/ 5/10 1:27pm

Hi,

 

The following info. is from the internet. It seems there is a product with sublingual methyl b12 that combines folic acid and b6.

  • Heart Health: Vitamin B-12 combines with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-6 to lower levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is believed to contribute to atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries and a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. All three vitamins are included in one supplement.

Regards,
Nina

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capricelondon, Community Member
10/ 5/10 6:36pm

Thanks for your kind response Nina.  I know I should start with the G.P. but he

really doesn't seem to know much and is unwilling to do the necessary tests

Kind regards,

Caprice

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By capricelondon, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 10/04/10