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B Complex or Multivitamins: which brand do you buy?

Discussion in 'General Treatment' started by Jenny TipsforME, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    It would be great if you could say which multivitamin or B complex you buy, plus maybe a sentence about why you chose that one (not feeling well enough to read long posts right now).

    I find b vitamins a minefield. I was doing alright on a B50 (small doses) one but it had the cyanocobalamin which isn't meant to be good and folic acid rather than folate. I moved to a higher dose multivitamin (2 a Day Life Extension), which is better in terms of ingredients, but even 1/4 seems too much for me.

    I can't find a B50 that doesn't have folic acid.

    This is what I've tried recently:
    Solgar
    2 a Day

    [Edit a couple of posts down I've added the Supplements Facts about the products we've mentioned. This was really helpful for me to make a decision, and hopefully it might help you too]
     
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  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

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    Jarrows B-Right. They finally dropped all of the folic acid and just have an active folate now.
     
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  3. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    Thanks @Valentijn I'll look that up

    By chance I just came across this Thorne version when looking for the link above:
    Thorne Complete Multivitamin
    If I take 1 tablet (1/2 dose) I think that could be about what my body needs, though I don't think in the same proportions as a B50. Anyone else tried that?
     
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  4. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    [Edit, I'll add ingredients lists for supplements you mention here]
    Jarrows B Right [​IMG]

    Thorne
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    Bio-B 100 (in summary 100% RDA)
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    Solgar B50
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    LEF 2 a Day comparison is here
    Eg
    Dr Best Fully Active
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    AOR:

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    *Swanson Ultra Activated*:

    Supplement Facts
    Serving Size 1 Veggie Capsule

    Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
    Thiamin (vitamin B-1) (as benfotiamine) 25 mg 1,667%
    Riboflavin (as riboflavin 5'-phosphate) 25 mg 1,471%
    Niacin (as inositol hexanicotinate) 50 mg 250%
    Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxal 5-phosphate) 25 mg 1,250%
    Folate(as Quatrefolic® [6S]-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic acid equivalent to 800 mcg of [6S]-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic acid, glucosamine salt) 400 mcg 100%
    Vitamin B-12 (as methylcobalamin) 250 mcg 4,167%
    Biotin 25 mcg 8%
    Choline (as choline dihydrogen citrate) 25 mg *
    PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) 25 mg *
    Pantethine (coenzyme A precursor)(from Pantesin® 55% pantethine) 25 mg *
    Inositol (from inositol hexanicotinate) 12.5 mg *
    *Daily Value not established.



    Supplement Facts for Seeking Health Optimal Multivitamin

    AMT %DV (2 tablets so easy to halve)
    Vitamin A (50% as natural beta carotene and 50% as retinyl palmitate) 5000 IU 100%
    Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 350 mg 583%
    Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1000 IU 250%
    Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate and mixed tocopherols) 100 IU 333%
    Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) 80 mcg 100%
    Thiamine (as thiamine mononitrate) 4 mg 267%
    Riboflavin (as riboflavin and riboflavin 5’-phosphate sodium) 4 mg 235%
    Niacin (as niacinamide) 25 mg 125%
    Vitamin B6 (80% as pyridoxine HCl and 20% as pyridoxal 5’-phosphate) 5 mg 250%
    Folate (50% as Quatrefolic® (6S)-5-methyltetrahydrofolate, glucosamine salt and 50% as calcium folinate) 400 mcg 100%
    Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin) 20 mcg 333%
    Biotin 500 mcg 167%
    Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate) 25 mg 250%
    Calcium (as calcium citrate malate) 100 mg 10%
    Iron (as TRAACS® iron glycinate) 5 mg 28%
    Iodine (from potassium iodide and organic Icelandic kelp (Laminaria digitata)(stem and leaf)) 150 mcg 100%
    Magnesium (as magnesium citrate) 100 mg 25%
    Zinc (as TRAACS® zinc bisglycinate chelate) 5 mg 33%
    Selenium (as Albion® selenium glycinate complex) 70 mcg 100%
    Copper (as copper gluconate) 0.5 mg 25%
    Manganese (as TRAACS® manganese bisglycinate chelate) 2 mg 100%
    Chromium (as TRAACS® chromium nicotinate glycinate chelate) 120 mcg 100%
    Molybdenum (as TRAACS® molybdenum glycinate chelate) 75 mcg 100%
    Choline (as choline bitartrate) 5 mg **
    Lutein (from marigold extract)(Tagetes erecta)(flower) 5 mg **
    Zeaxanthin (from marigold extract)(Tagetes erecta)(flower) 2.5 mg **
    Boron (as Albion® Bororganic glycine) 1 mg **
    Vanadium (as TRAACS® vanadium nicotinate glycinate chelate) 75 mcg **

    Previously recommended to me Terry's Healthy feet and nerves

    [​IMG]
     
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    Biotics research BIO-B 100.
    This is a very low dose B-complex with only the active B's. You need to take 3 tiny pills to get to 100% RDA, so in my opinion a perfect B-complex to start with if you're the sensitive type.
     
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  7. Jenny TipsforME

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    Thanks @Thinktank, I added the ingredients list to the comparison above.

    100% RDA seems sensible. I realise that there are issues with absorption (especially B12) but I also have a healthy diet.

    Jarrows looks good but for me personally I think Bio-B 100 with separate inositol and choline maybe the way forward. Unsure between them £ may come into it.
     
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  8. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    OK well I now can't find inositol and choline in small doses and I suspect I have need of more acetylcholine so don't want to cut those.

    I'm putting the Jarrows one in my Amazon basket (£10.95 for 100). I'll wait a bit to buy though in case anyone else has ideas.
     
  9. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    @Marc_NL I had already mentioned that one. I think it would be good for lots of pwme, was recommended to me by Maija Haavisto (http://www.fiikus.net/?cfs). It could be that I'm misattributing problems to it (cause and effect being so complex in ME).
     
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  10. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    BTW if you like small doses I've got on quite well with Floradix but I forget to take it and it goes off (you keep in fridge and take 20mins before food). I need something in tablet/capsules that I can take after breakfast.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Bansaw

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    I go sublingual with my B vitamins.
    Seeking Health sublingual Adeno, Hydroxo, B12
    and Source Naturals sublingual B1, B2
     
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    I like Life Extension's Two-Per-Day but it has alpha lipoic acid, and since I have amalgam fillings, would rather not risk mobilising mercury with it.
     
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  13. Mij

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    I'm currently taking AOR Advanced B-Complex, but I'm going back to Jarrow B-Right now that they've changed their formula to folate.
     
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    Mij Senior Member

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    3 capsules:

    100 mgB1 (Benfotiamine)
    7.5 mgB2 (Riboflavin-5-phosphate sodium)
    353 mgB3 (Niacin - from 388 mg Inositol Hexanicotinate)
    300 mgB5 (Pantethine, calcium D-pantothenate)
    100 mgB6 (Pyridoxal-5'-phosphate)
    1000 mcgB12 (Methylcobalamin)
    1000 mcgFolic acid (calcium L-5-MTHF)
    500 mcgBiotin
    600 mgCholine bitartrate (provides 240 mg of choline)
    393 mg*Inositol (from inositol hexanicotinate, inositol)
    *85 mg from inositol hexanicotinate, 308 mg from inositol.
     
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    I take Doctor's Best Fully Active B complex. It has Folate not folic acid.

    I also take a multivitamin called Higher Nature Truefood which delivers the vitamins as food state which I prefer as less synthetic.
     
  16. Jenny TipsforME

    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    @Eastman that's interesting didn't know about that issue

    @Mij is the 3 capsules list for AOR?

    Thanks @mermaid @Bansaw
    I'm zonked now but will add details for those to the comparison post.
     
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    Jenny TipsforME Senior Member

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    @mermaid I added Doctor Best above. I buy a couple of Higher Nature supplements but for B Complex and multi vits they don't say what the B12 is and list folic acid rather than folate.
     
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  20. Jenny TipsforME

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    @Bansaw Seeking Health looks interesting as they have methylation products. I think those sublingual tablets are way too high % for me personally, but I've added their multivitamin above.
     

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