How B Vitamins Improve Brain Health, Cognition, Psychiatric Problems and Mood Disorders

By Dr. Mercola

It’s well-established that healthy fats such as animal-based omega-3s — especially DHA — are vitally important for your brain health, but other nutrients such as vitamins are also necessary for cognition and the prevention of neurological disease and mental disorders.

Psychiatry typically relies on drugs as a first line of treatment, but even more severe psychiatric problems have been shown to benefit greatly from nutritional interventions.

One nutritional deficiency in particular that has the potential to wreak havoc on your psyche is niacin (vitamin B3). Continue reading

Diabetes is Linked to Acute Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Deficiency

June 2013 by: Paul Fassa

Stuart Lindsay is a PharmD (PhD in pharmacy) who contributed an article to orthomolecular.org entitled “Confessions of a Frustrated Pharmacist.” He wrote of his frustrations of being ostracized from members of the medical community as he became aware of how drugs weren’t working to cure much of anything.  Orthomolecular medicine is the appropriate application of high dosage nutraceutical supplements for treating diseases. Continue reading

B Vitamins – The Who and What

by Al Sears, M.D.

About 25 years ago, I developed a phrase to help my fellow medical students remember the names for all the B vitamins. I still use this to teach nutrition today: “Teddy Roosevelt Never Painted Pyramids Blue in Fancy Clothes.” It contains the first letter of all the B vitamins in numerical order. (The missing numbers are compounds researchers thought were vitamins but turned out to be non-essential.) See Below: Continue reading

An End to Being “Eaten Alive”

Q: I used to hide indoors all summer because I seemed to be a magnet for mosquitoes. But I’ve found that if I take Kyolic odorless garlic, 600 milligrams per tablet, two tablets each morning, it keeps mosquitoes away. I also haven’t had a cold since I started using it. I wanted to share this information with you in case other readers have the same problem.

Dr. Wright: Thank you for passing along this tip. I’m glad it works for you, and hope it works for other readers. Other readers (from Alaska) have informed me that 500 to 1,000 milligrams of thiamine (B1) taken every four to six hours keeps mosquitoes away for them. This much thiamine is safe, but may cause drowsiness in the occasional individual.