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Greetings dr's.May you please kindly help me with list of foods that have vitamin B12 or with more vitamin b-12? Thanks

Greetings dr's.May you  please kindly help me with list of foods that have vitamin B12 or with more vitamin b-12? Thanks

All animal foods: All meats, dairy ; eggs have b12; no vegetarian foods have it unless fortified. Best sources are clams ; beef liver (only have liver if organic). Many have difficulty absorbing B12 ; are thus low even if they eat foods rich in b12; they need injections or sublingual methylcobalamin.
See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/vitaminb12-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 (Definition)

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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What is vitamin b complex? Does it include B12 ?

What is vitamin b complex? Does it include B12 ?

A supplement: Containing the group of b vitamins, so yes. However the problem with b 12 is usually with absorption so a pill may not be the answer for established deficiency. ...Read more

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What is the difference between vitamin b complex and b12?

What is the difference between vitamin b complex and b12?

Brewer's Yeast: Brewer's yeast contains b-complex vitamins including: b1 (thiamine), b2 (riboflavin), b3 (niacin), b5 (pantothenic acid), b6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), and h or b7 (biotin). http://tinyurl.com/kfvkmn5 it does not contain B12 (cobolamin), which is essential for metabolism, neurological function, and blood formation. Most "b complex" supplements do contain B12 along with the rest. ...Read more

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Is it true that huge doses of vitamin B12 inhibit the levels of other b vitamins? (source:the web)

Is it true that huge doses of vitamin B12 inhibit the levels of other b vitamins? (source:the web)

No: Someone writing on the internet can put out any silly fantasy and make money doing it, as they appear very learned and caring. This one's just not true. Unlike these people, the scientific physicians in our community and on healthtap are bound by law to tell the truth. ...Read more

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Do vitamin b complex & B12 energize or relax a person? ...I've heard both! and how would this effect dosing times (upon waking vs close to bedtime)?

You have the wrong : Concept. Vitamins are catalysts that make the complex machinery in the brain/body work efficiently, their deficiency will give symptoms that have to be interpreted by an expert. You can't use them like taking an Aspirin for a headache because they are nutrients, not pharmaceutical drugs. ...Read more

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Is vitamin B12 the same as vitamin b-complex?

Is vitamin B12 the same as vitamin b-complex?

No: Vit B12 is one of group of b vitamins. B complex supplements typically have several b vitamins in their mix. This can vary with manufacturer. ...Read more

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Should I take vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex?

Should I take vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex?

It depends on: if you have any nutritional deficiencies, reasons for a nutritionally incomplete diet or malabsorption syndromes. Remember if you don't have any defined nutritional deficiencies you are better off getting your micronutrients like the B vitamins from whole foods rather than from supplementation. Alternatively if all you have is a B12 deficiency then you should be fine with a B12 supplement. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex, what is the difference?

Good question: B12 is typically given under the tongue (pill or liquid) or by shot. Although there is some B12 in b complex pills chances our its not enough or can't be properly absorbed by the last 5 inches of your small intestine. (B12 absorbtion requires first binding to intrinsic factor made in the stomach ) either the stomach is dammaged or the small intestine has a problems. B complex varies in content. ...Read more

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B12 levels are fine, deficiency in the other b vitamins. Daily b complex at 60?

B12 levels are fine, deficiency in the other b vitamins. Daily b complex at 60?

A full b complex: Use a full b supplement that is 100mg of all b's and at least 400mcg of folic acid. ...Read more

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Is vitamin b6 the same as b12. I have high colesteral and need to loose 20 lbs. Will vitamin b help with my issues?

Different issues: Vitamin B6 is different from B12 and in general vitamin supplements are not needed for weight loss. Physical exercise along with diet remain the mainstay of a weight loss program. For high cholesterol statins are most of the time part of the plan. ...Read more

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I found severe vit d and moderate vit B12 deficiency few yrs ago when I was 24.Is it likely that I have other b vitamins deficiency too?

I found severe vit d and moderate vit B12 deficiency few yrs ago when I was 24.Is it likely that I have other b vitamins deficiency too?

B12 and vit.D def.: The two could not be related, meaning that not enough sun could be the cause of your vit d problem and the B12 can be from an unknown cause. It is true that they could be related but i doubt. If your blood count is good(cbc) and you feel well then i doubt you have a problem. ...Read more

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Why do I have b12 anemia if I consume energy drinks with lots of b vitamins including b12?

Why do I have b12 anemia if I consume energy drinks with lots of b vitamins including b12?

Depends on cause...: There are lots of reasons for B12 deficiency, but can you offer more information about your medical history so we can help you learn why your B12 level is down? B12 can be supplemented orally, by nasal spray, by injection appropriate to the cause of the B12 deficiency. Talk with your doctor about which formulation is appropriate for you. Or do you have a parasite that needs treatment?? ...Read more

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Why does the doctor test for B12 and not other b vitamins? Why is B12 more important than other vitamins?

Why does the doctor test for B12 and not other b vitamins? Why is B12 more important than other vitamins?

Likely to be low: There's one disease in particular that's quite common and several others somewhat less common in which vitamin B12 can't be absorbed. These illnesses are subtle, and these people are likely to get sick without knowing it. By contrast, someone with some other vitamin deficiency is either seriously sick already or is on a bizarre diet, so there's no need to screen healthy-looking folks. ...Read more

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B12 is 264.8nmol/l normal between 141-698..do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

B12 is 264.8nmol/l  normal between 141-698..do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

As you noted...: your B12 level is NORMAL, and as such does not require undue concern or supplementation. Why was it checked in the first place in an otherwise healthy 21 year old male? ...Read more

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Is it derogatory to inject vitamin b complex (without b12) shots one time per week for long time such as 5 years while i don't have anemia?

Is it derogatory to inject vitamin b complex (without b12) shots one time per week for long time such as 5 years while i don't have anemia?

No: There is no known toxicity to taking b vitamins either orally or by injection. The only b vitamin that may be toxic is b6 if 250 mg or more per day is taken. ...Read more

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Do i take vitamin b complex with magnesium or can I take vitamin B12 ? For better absorption of magnesium. Currently also take vit D3 thanks

Do i take vitamin b complex with magnesium or can I take vitamin B12 ? For better absorption of magnesium. Currently also take vit D3 thanks

OK but not 4 absorb.: It is perfectly fine to take b complex/b12 with magnesium but won't enhance absorption. Magnesium is best absorbed on an empty stomach ; b vits can cause stomach upset on empty stomach. B vits, esp. B6, often work in synergy with mag. The best-absorbed forms of mag. Are glycinate ; taurate; citrate is ok too. Epsom salt baths ; topical "magnesium oil" are also good ways to get magnesium into you. ...Read more

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Is vitamin B good for nausea? A pharmacist recommended it, but I'm questioning it. I don't vomit, but some days the nausea is really tough. B6 or B12?

Is vitamin B good for nausea? A pharmacist recommended it, but I'm questioning it. I don't vomit, but some days the nausea is really tough. B6 or B12?

Nausea in Pregnancy: Vitamin B6 is indeed helpful to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. The typical dose is 25 mg every 8 hours as needed. You can also use this in combination with a single 25 mg dose of "Unisom" at bedtime. Best wishes and congrats on your pregnancy. ...Read more

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All sites where i inject im vitamin b complex are bruised. Sites where i inject vitamin B12 are not. Why?

All sites where i inject im vitamin b complex are bruised. Sites where i inject vitamin B12 are not. Why?

Did I misunderstand?: You're a young adult who lists no terribly serious illness for which you would require injectable vitamins of any sort rather than vitamins taken orally. If someone has told you that "injections are better", perhaps because they are painful, i would question this advice. You clearly value your health & i'd urge you to reconsider injecting yourself at all, or get with a mainstream dr. ...Read more

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M58, May I take vitamin b complex with zinc, vit E, C , folic acid and B12 500mcg with Norvasc 10mg and zocor (simvastatin) 10mg per day.thanks?

Yes: That is your business. It is wise to supplement with B12 if and only if you are a vegetarian. Ask your physician whether the other supplements are appropriate for your diet and lifestyle. ...Read more

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Is vitamin b-17 safe?

Is vitamin b-17 safe?

Yes: There have been a couple of deaths from the cyanide but these were extreme cases. The danger is to your wallet, your dignity, and your possibly neglecting other interventions. This is the old, utterly cynical laetrile fraud in which stuff from apricot pits was renamed "vitamin b-17" -- no law prevents me from selling pinecones as "vitamin 18", talking conspiracy, and making fantastic claims. ...Read more

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What are vitamin b shots for?

What are vitamin b shots for?

Often Money&Placebo: Apologize for the negativity, but b vitamin is not 1 but a group of vitamins, b1, b2, b3, b5, b6, b7, B9 & B12 (others turned to be variations of this list). Look up b vitamins on http://en.Wikipedia.Org for overview. Like all vitamins, they are widely available in most foods; why we have not maintained typically just 1 gene needed for a single protein enzyme to make them out of whatever we eat. ...Read more

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How much vitamin b is to much?

Which Vitamin B?: Vitamin b is not a single vitamin but a group including b1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12, Folic Acid ; biotin.B6 may be toxic at doses of 200 mg/day. The others are generally considered non-toxic.Some report benefits of up to 2000 mg/day of b3 ; b5 ; those doses appear to be safe. There's no known need for more than 100 mg of b1 or b2/day.Potential benefits of up to 10 mg of folate (folic acid) ; 20 mg of biotin.High B12 is safe. ...Read more

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What foods have a lot of vitamin b?

What foods have a lot of vitamin b?

Sources of Vitamin B: Vitamin B1 in Whole-grain, enriched, fortified products; bread; cereals
Vitamin B2 in Milk, bread products, fortified cereals
Vitamin B3 in Meat, fish, poultry, enriched and whole grain breads, fortified cereals
Vitamin B5 in Chicken, beef, potatoes, oats, cereals, tomatoes
Vitamin B6 in Fortified cereals, fortified soy products, chickpeas, potatoes, organ meats


Vit B12 in Fish, poultry,,cereal ...Read more

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Could there be chewable tablets of vitamin b?

There are: Chewable forms, especially in the form of gummy vitamins, are out there. Most are in the children's vitamin section. ...Read more