Vitamin B in multivitamin

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Bella33
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   Posted 3/4/2013 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I started my mom on crushed multivitamin containing B vitamins in the 200 - 400% DV level and I don't know if it's wishful thinking but she seems to be more alert and talking more the last few days. Has anyone else seen this happening to their loved ones?

I read online about an Oxford study done a few years back that said it works for people with dementia but only after I already started her on this regimen. Am I on the right track?

Bella33
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   Posted 3/4/2013 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you.

Wilmey
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   Posted 3/9/2013 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Bella33 - I think you're on the right track. I take Centrum Silver, Super B Complex, and B12 daily. I'm 75, and find it makes a big difference in how I'm feeling, compared to when I stop for a few days, as I occassionaly do, just because I get so tired of the hassle of having to crush them, and then how yuk they taste, even mixed with applesauce.

When I was caring for my mom, I gave her a multivitamin, and noticed a difference in her fairly quickly. My problem with that was it brought out the side of her that would have made my staying with her impossible, so I discontinued them and just kept her active, physically and mentally, which made her happy again, and also kept her in a lot better shape overall than she'd been in when I'd gotten there.

An added B12 daily might also help your mother. Its deficency symptoms include appitite loss, diminished reflex response, memory impairment, mental depression and confusion. You might try it for a short time to see if it helps more. I've never seen any warnings of B12 being dangerous, but you could check that out first.

Bella33
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   Posted 3/9/2013 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for you input. I give Nature Made Multi for her 50+ vitamins along with their calcium 500mg The multi contains 417% DV for B12. It's given to her after she returns from the daycare center which is when she takes her nap. I noticed she doesn't sleep as long and is slightly more awake in the afternoon because of it. I'm hoping it will keep stimulating her mind and clear up the gunk that's causing the dementia. She never complains about the taste of this in her apple sauce. Her PD medication tastes worse. B12 is water soluable so it leaves the body pretty quickly.

My mom has always been very gentle so she has never acted up before. She just stays quiet and then falls asleep all day long. I know it's due to inactivity but not much i can do about it since she gets tired very easily and won't watch TV because her attention span is non existent. When she sits for more than 5 minutes then she closes her eyes. Her PD medication and possibly the Namenda she takes may be causing this. There is not much I can do about that. Not take them and suffer more consequences.

I have been a vitamin person for years. I suppose it's working or else I should be in a coma from working full time job and taking care of my mom. I cannot take B-complex types of vitamins cause it makes me hyper. But then I have an anxiety disorder so I'm charged up as it is.
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