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M-B12, Methylfolate & Niacin in the same protocol

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by ebethc, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. ebethc

    ebethc Senior Member

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    I was reading Ben Lynch's site and found this advice for stimulating BH4:

    Nutrients to support BH4:
    iron, B12, methylfolate, niacin, B6, copper, magnesium and vitamin C

    http://mthfr.net/mthfr-a1298c-mutation-some-information-on-a1298c-mthfr-mutations/2011/11/30/

    Doesn't it seem contradictory to have methyls AND niacin/niacinamide in the same protocol? Doesn't niacin STOP methylation and M-B12 & 5-MTHF STIMULATE methylation?

    Also, is niacinamide okay to take in instead of niacin?

    thanks
     
  2. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    It all depends on the dosages. Very high doses of B3, in whatever form, will act as methyl-group mop, but typically you will have to use hundreds of milligrams.

    Depending on how bad your methylation status is, which requires a functional test to assess, you can find a dosage of B3 that will work for you without causing side effects.

    Personally I haven't found B3 (niacinamide) to cause any harm when taken in doses <= 100mg/day. And I have a lot of folate and B12 pathways issues.

    Since we are all different a bit of experimentation is required, typically you can start with a low dose of 10-15mg and slowly increase it to see if you notice any improvements.

    cheers
     
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    Critterina Senior Member

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    I think one of the things we find out is that we are up against a limiting factor of something, and if we supplement that, it makes a world of difference. Of course, then you may hit a limiting factor of something else. You need some of everything in your body, although not always in your diet. Our bodies are supposed to be able to make most of the chemicals we need. It's the same thing with niacin/niacinamide: you need some, not too much. The cure or the poison is in the dose.

    On this forum it becomes apparent that each of bodies is unique in the things they do well and not so well. Personally, I like 20 mg sublingual niacinamide, particularly when it's cold outside and my hands and feet don't seem to warm up when I come inside, not for hours if at all.
     
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    ebethc Senior Member

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    @PeterPositive - what kind of functional test can assess methylation status? where do I get one? thanks
     
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    ebethc Senior Member

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    @Critterina - good advice - thanks. I will look for sublingual niacinamide, too. I didn't know that it existed.
     
  6. adreno

    adreno PR activist

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    It's fine to take B3 with the methyl donors, as long as you don't overdo it. You need all B vitamins.

    Actually, Lynch's own B complex contains 200mg B3, although I think that is a little high with only 400mcg folate. Perhaps a 4:1 ratio of folate to B3 (e.g. 400mcg folate, 100mg B3) would be better, but I'm just guessing.
     
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  7. PeterPositive

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    Yeah, I was going to try it but I was discouraged by the 200mg of B3.
    It is indeed a crapshoot because I have no idea if 200mg will do any harm, probably not. Especially because my folate and B12 are pretty high. Still, I wouldn't want B3 to increase the need of other methyl donors.
     
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