I have always taken a woman's multi vitamin, which includes the B vitamins, and have never really felt the benefits. After a recent hair analysis it was suggested I needed multi B vitamins. I bought a respected brand, stopped after 2 days because I felt worse. Interestingly ( I love synchronicity) a friend I hadn't seen for ages said she had experienced the same thing - with same Australian Brand. And then another friend said she felt sick after a fizzy tablet version of B Vitamins. Then, round the same time, I received an email from Naturalnews with an interesting article and an interview with Mike Adams and a Dr Gregory Kunin.
Here I discovered that most brands use chemical substitutes for B1 & B12 that actually have a draining effect on the cell rather than a boost. I visited all our health stores here in Tauranga, N.Z. checked all top brands, including Australian, for their B1 and B12 and it confirmed this to be so: they are using the cheaper chemical version.
Here's an extract from the article.
"Here's one way you can tell the difference. Take any multivitamin product and look for the B vitamins section on the Nutrition Facts label.
Cheap vitamins (non-methylated) will use standardized "USP" vitamins such as "Thiamin USP (thiamin HCL) vitamin B1." That's the chemical form of vitamin B1, and it actually requires a donation of cellular energy from your body before you can use it. The form of B12 in cheap vitamins is cyanocobalamin.
Quality vitamins, on the other hand, will use the "coenzyme" forms of the B vitamins. These will often be listed with the word "coenzyme," and the form of vitamin B12 will appear as either methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin. That's a sure sign of a high-end, quality multivitamin.
Here it is again:
USP = cheap
B12 as cyanocobalamin = cheap
Coenzyme or methylated = quality
B12 as hydroxycobalamin or methylcobalamin = quality
I ordered three month's supply of Gregory Kunin's natural formula through www.Drinkyourvitamins.com
Watch this space!!