Vitamin B’s Are Working

Vitamin B's are WorkingVitamin B’s are working – Yippee!! Last November I wrote an article on an experience I had with a 5 Hour Energy drink.  In that article I explained how my fibromyalgia pain was gone and the energy I had was great.  Well, I don’t drink the 5 Hour Energy drinks any more but I did continue taking my B’s.

It’s been three months since starting this regimen and I do feel a difference most days.  I take a B Complex, Folic Acid, and B12.  About an hour after I take them I start feeling more awake and most days I have less fibromyalgia pain.  I’ve also noticed a difference in my hair.

The folic acid helps my hair by protecting it from the medications I take for the fibromyalgia.  Medications like Trazadone can eventually make your hair get fine and fall out.  The folic acid will help your hair stay stronger and not fall out as much.  My hair is still, and probably will always, be fine; but, I’ve noticed that I don’t leave as much in the shower or on my brush and I’m happy with that. Folic acid can also guard against colon cancer, osteoporosis, cervical cancer, and macular degeneration.  My mother had macular degeneration and I have osteopenia (kissin’ cousin to osteoporosis) so you can bet I’ll stay on my folic acid. Yes, my Vitamin B’s are working. Even people who smoke or drink alcohol can lose folic acid so it’s a good idea for them to take it too.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can happen if you suffer from anemia, have Chron’s disease or other intestinal tract diseases, have had part of your stomach or small intestine (ileum) removed, and several other reasons.  Well I have experienced all of the three mentioned above.  I’ve been anemic off and on my whole life, especially when a child.  I suffered with Chron’s disease from 1978 to 1981.  I had my entire colon and the ileum removed in 1981.  Three pretty good strikes right?  No wonder I need the extra vitamin B.  Besides taking the supplement I eat a good share of red meats and cheeses.  Once in a while I really crave a thick, juicy cheeseburger; is it the Vitamin B12 I need or the grease I want?  I’m going to justify that guilty pleasure by saying it’s the Vitamin B12 I need 🙂 Oh, and I love my yogurt – rich in calcium for my osteopenia as well as Vitamin B12.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is included in my B Complex that I take.  One of vitamin B3’s benefits is helping to help lower cholesterol and triglycerides. I’ve had high triglycerides ALL my life and, it seems, no matter what I do they stay over 200.  I’m hoping the niacin is helping to bring them down as well as some changes I’ve made in my over all diet.  Niacin also occurs in fish, greens, meat, eggs and poultry.  The meals I fix are rich in these foods but the amount of Niacin in these foods is minimal so I’ll stay on the supplement.

Vitamin B6 is the term used for six different compounds rather than listing them all individually.  It is water soluble, like the other B’s, and is found in the same foods.  Vitamin B6 deficiency is associated with swollen tongue, and certain types of dermatitis. It can be caused by Chron’s disease, abdominal surgery, and weakend immune function. Again, I have had Chron’s disease, my ileum removed and I have fibromyalgia.  The same three strikes.  Lack of Vitamin B6 can also cause tiredness and a foggy mind.  Even though deficiency in this vitamin is rare I’ve got several reasons to believe that keeping this supplement is beneficial for me.

Vitamin B’s are working for me.  I do feel a difference since taking them and it’s all for the better.  You can have a blood test done to see if you are deficient in any of these vitamins and I would suggest that you do that if you think you might have a deficiency.

Vitamin B’s are Working

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