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2012

Slap that Inner ‘B’ with B (Complex that is)

By Cassye 9

Day not going so well?  Raging at the insensitive husband?  The forgetful kid?  The lady in line ahead of you who’s breathing too loud?  Confront the demon and spare the countless victims in your wake.

I’m ashamed to admit my repeated dismissals of this amazing supplement.   I’d been advised by my gynecologist on multiple occasions to give B-Complex a try in order to ease my hormone-induced mood swings.  I had tried birth control pills and virtually every antidepressant on the market.  I even paid big money to procure customized herbal tinctures to no avail.  How could such a seemingly puny vitamin help if all these powerful drugs failed?  Well, I’m here to tell you that it really worked for me.

I have been taking B-Complex vitamins for over two years, and I would say I am myself 100% of the time these days.  I do have my moments, but at least now I can recognize them, and calm down most of the time.  On days prior to my period, or upon detection of the impending shrew, I find comfort in taking an extra dose (which has been approved by my doctor).  I’m not sure if the added milligrams truly contribute to my relief, or if it’s the placebo effect.  Whichever the element, I’ll take it!

I do prefer a specific brand because of it’s higher bioavailability, meaning it’s better absorbed by the body.  It’s available in most health and natural food stores.  This is not to say that the brands you find in the big discount and grocery stores don’t work, I have just found I need to take more than the recommended dosage to see results.  Spend less take more, and vice versa.  It all comes out in the wash.  I just feel better buying stuff from hippies.

Now that I’ve extolled the virtues of this lovely miracle pill, I must remind you that I am in no way, shape or form a medical anybody.  Please consult with your doctor before adding this or any other supplement to your daily arsenal.

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blondie1594

I have begun adding a B-complex to my daily supplements, and you are absolutely right about how it calms down the ‘inner B’. So much more level headed now….

43fitness

Aha, right?!? I am SO glad that you’re nicer now 🙂

Sally

you take Vitamin B and also a multi-vitamin WITH Vitamin B? So what is your daily intake? Just curious since Vit B seems to make my head swim.

43fitness

Hi Sally! B-Right has such a detailed breakdown, I thought it would be best if you view it here. My Multi has the following: B-1 25mg, B-6 25mg, B-12 .025mg and B-5 25mg. I am no expert on vitamin supplementation, but this combination is approved by my doctor. Everyone reacts differently, so if you’re sensitive to the Bs, it would be best to check with your doctor. Are you working on the mood swings? Anything else you’re trying?

melhgoodman

Thank you for the explanation. I have read many different opinions and wanted to know your thoughts!

cdelphy

Sure thing, Mel!

melhgoodman

I agree with you about B complex! I have a question about water…how much should we consume with a training schedule similar to yours?

cdelphy

I believe the standard is to take your body weight and divide that in half, then use that number for the amount of ounces. For example someone who weighs 140lb should drink about 70 oz. per day. I don’t really stick to this at all, by the way. I drink a ton during my workout, but don’t tend to think about it much after that. You may also want to use this calculator from BB.com

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