My 3 Favorite Supplements Series: Sublingual Vitamin B (Blog Classic, Jan. 18, 2009)
A lot of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) take supplements to manage our symptoms - some in addition to medication and some in place of them. It all depends on what works for you, and what works is different for all of us.
One of the supplements that's most consistently recommended by doctors, researchers and patients is vitamin B, and especially vitamin B12. B vitamins are essential for energy production, and a few studies show the majority of us are low in B12. Some experts on these illnesses recommend at least 50 mg daily of most B vitamins, and 500 micrograms of B12. Several treatment protocols use B12 injections.
Many doctors consider B12 injections archaic and unscientific, but many FMS and ME/CFS doctors and researchers say they make a big difference in how their patients feel. The problem with injections, though, is that you have to go to the doctor regularly to get them, and the time and expense can be too much for some of us -- if, that is, we can get a doctor to prescribe them.
A happy medium between tablet-form vitamin B and injections is a sublingual supplement. Sublingual means "under the tongue," and sublingual supplements can either be dissolving tablets or liquid. They're quicker and easier for your body to absorb, which means you get more of a benefit from them, and you get it faster.
I switched from a B-complex pill to a liquid sublingual formula about a year ago, and for me it has made a big difference. I get a noticeable energy boost within an hour of taking it, and I've even considered putting it next to my alarm clock so I can take it first thing in the morning (I decided not to, though, because I'm sure I would forget it!)
What's your experience with B vitamins? Have you tried injections, or a sublingual form? Leave your comments below!
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- Supplements for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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- Identify Your Food Sensitivities
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