Vitamin B

Without a lie, vitamin B tablets make me sick to my stomach.  I cannot even be in the same room with them.  The smell alone makes me gag… I’m sure you get the picture by now.

On the plan you are required to take Formula SF88 in the morning and at night.  Here is the breakdown of the ‘B’s’ in the tablet:

  • Thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1)  50mg
  • Riboflavine sodium phosphate (vitamin B2)  20mg
  • Nicotinamide (vitamin B3)  200mg
  • Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3)  10mg
  • Calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5)  100mg
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6)  50mg
  • Biotin (vitamin B9 or vitamin H)  20mcg
  • Folic acid (vitamin B9)  150mcg
  • Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)  100mcg

Now that’s a whole lot of B vitamins.

Knowing that I cannot take them on an empty stomach, I eat half my breakfast, take the tablet (along with all the other supplements prescribed) then eat the rest of my meal.  That will solve the nauseous problem I think to myself, but no, no, no.  I still feel violently ill for about 2 hours.  Strange thing is when I take them at night-time they don’t’ make me feel sick.

I decided it was time for me to get on the ‘Google’ and work out what’s going on.  Turns out it’s the Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) that’s making me sick.  Now this vitamin is very important.  Animal studies show that Nicotinamide has anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) properties. It may work in a way similar to benzodiazepines (Xanax).  This is good news for me as I have a history of anxiety and depression.  Taking this along with my 20mg of Lexapro puts me in good stead.

Whilst it doesn’t help the nauseousness I suffer in the morning, at least I know that it’s doing me good.

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