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The safety record of the B-complex vitamins is extraordinarily good. Side effects have been rare, and toxicity is nearly nonexistent, even at the highest doses. Some cautions are in order, of course, and here are some of the most important.

B3 - (also known as) Niacin has been used in doses up to tens of thousands of milligrams per day for over 40 years by psychiatrists. It is an effective alternative treatment for severe depression, psychotic behavior, and schizophrenia. Most physicians have ignored niacin's usefulness until rather recently. Niacin has finally gained popularity as one of the cheapest ways to lower serum cholesterol. Changes in liver function tests have been reported in persons taking one to five thousand milligrams daily of niacin by itself.

B6 - Premenstrual tension symptoms often improve dramatically with only a few hundred mg/day of extra B6. There is no need to take thousands of milligrams when hundreds will do. At least 50 to 100 mg of supplemental B6 daily is a virtual necessity for women taking oral contraceptives. The "pill" causes some abnormal physiological changes that create a deficiency of B6, as well as lower serum levels of thiamine (B1), and riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3), and folic acid, and B12, and vitamin C. (Wynn, V. Lancet, March 8, 1975)

B12 - Is crucial to overall health, mainly because it helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. B12 is an essential nutrient that the body can't produce on its own, it is also vital for creating red blood cells and keeping our nervous system healthy and it helps to release energy from food. 

An ideal B12 supplement includes both methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. This B12 blend can help with neurological disorders and diseases, anxiety and panic, and the immune system. The right supplement is a better choice than B12 injections. These shots do not contain the right kind of B12 blend and have the potential to trigger an overreaction in a sensitive body.

Vitamin B can help with the following:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Immune system

  • Panic

  • Premenstrual tension

  • Psychotic behavior

  • Schizophrenia

  • Stress

Foods high in Vitamin B:


  • Beef

  • Black beans

  • Brewer’s Yeast

  • Chicken

  • Chickpeas

  • Clams

  • Eggs

  • Leafy Greens

  • Liver

  • Milk

  • Mushrooms

  • Mussels

  • Oysters

  • Peanuts

  • Peas

  • Pork

  • Salmon

  • Spinach (raw is better than cooked)

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Trout

  • Tuna

  • Turkey

  • Yogurt

Disclaimer: the preceding is intended as educational material and not as individual treatment recommendations.

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