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Low Potassium Caused by B12

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by lero1, May 16, 2015.

  1. lero1

    lero1

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    Hi,

    I have a lot of questions about low potassium caused by methyl-b12 or adenosyl-b12 and/or methylfolate. Looks like this is the right forum to ask this; people here seem to know this stuff :cool:


    1. I ALWAYS face low potassium after taking B12. While I haven't validated this with a blood test confirming hypokalemia, I always feel better and "back in my senses" after taking potassium. I cannot keep a high enough b12 level because of excessive potassium demands b12 induces in my body, during which I just cannot function. I've seen people take mb12 everyday for years without any low potassium issues. How is this possible!?

      Have any of you got a blood test done confirming hypokalemia? Is it worth worsening myself (by not taking potassium after B12) in order to get some proof?


    2. I've asked A LOT of doctors about this and they simply laugh it off, giving me the look that I don't know what I'm saying. Have any doctors helped you out with this issue, or recommended potassium rich food or supplements to be taken along with B12?


    3. I can't seem to find any research studies about B12 induced hypokalemia. Are there any?

     
  2. ahmo

    ahmo Senior Member

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    You might find some answers in the 2nd doc linked in my signature, a compilation from Freddd's Protocol. My understanding is that the need for K+ w/ folate is due to the increased action of new cell formation. I don't know if this is the same mechanism with B12. I had quite high needs for K+ as I was implementing Freddd's Protocol. But now my needs are greatly reduced. I think I'm meeting my K+ needs now with my high carrot intake. In any case, I haven't needed added K+ for some time.
     
  3. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    What are exactly your symptoms when taking high amounts of B12?
     
  4. lero1

    lero1

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    After about 15-18 hours of taking B12 (1mg to 3mg) and/or Methylfolate, symptoms:

    Dry mouth, frequent urination, mental sluggishness and confusion , muscle weakness and aches, tighness in chest, palpitations.
     
  5. Valentijn

    Valentijn Senior Member

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    @lero1 - You might do better with hydroxoB12. I've never heard of it depleting potassium.
     
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  6. lero1

    lero1

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    @Valentijn Yeah. Thinking about it. That or cyanoB12.
     
  7. ChetRoi

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    My understanding is higher dose MB-12 or AB-12 can cause frequent urination. Potassium leaves the body (through urination) much more rapidly causing hypokalemia.

    Weight lifters who take a lot of AB-12 often have this problem so they supplement with potassium. Those who do not sometime have serious (possibly fatal) consequences.

    It is a bit of a tough problem since the symptoms for hypokalemia and hyperkalemia are the same.
     

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