One of the most common nutritional deficiencies and most commonly misdiagnosed problems in America is B-Complex Deficiency Syndrome. (BCDS) Since most doctors feel either that vitamin deficiencies are a lot of bunk, or that “enriched” processed foods fill nutritional voids, lots of bogus diagnosis are given to people suffering a simple deficiency of B vitamins. Some of the most common are:
B-Complex Deficiency Syndrome will not be found in any medical diagnosis textbook. And that is particularly sad since this condition is rampant in America. What you will find in medical texts, including Biochemistry (Kleiner and Orten), Principles of Biochemistry (White, Handler, Smith, and Stetton), Textbook of Medicine (Cecil), and Rehabilitation Through Better Nutrition (Tom Spies, MD) is an abundance of data about BCDS.
Some of the symptoms of BCDS (as found in the textbooks) are:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Indigestion (hypochlorhydria)
- Poor appetite
- Craving for sweets
- Muscular soreness
- Vague fears
Sound like anyone you may know? Maybe, even yourself? What is the best supplement to get the B complex vitamins? We normally go to Cataplex B (Standard Process) or B Stress Complex (Food Research) first, but I’ve noticed a common trend with some patients, lately. Some of my functional medicine testing showing that some are not really absorbing the food-based B vitamins as well as they should. See below.
If I am supplementing patients of a good food source of B vitamins and notice their levels are still under where they should be, what is the next step? Rule out malabsorption and start them on an active B complex. What is an active B complex? Active B Complex provides a full-complement of essential B-complex vitamins in high-potency amounts. Activated, coenzyme forms provide optimum B-complex vitamin support for individuals who may have difficulty metabolizing standard supplemental forms of B vitamins. Inclusion of Metafolin L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), a bioactive form of folate, ensures more immediate effects on metabolism than folic acid, the form of folate commonly used in fortified foods and supplements. Activated vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin enhances B12 absorption and bioavailability. Benfotiamine, the lipid-soluble form of thiamine, is also included together with active forms of riboflavin and vitamin B6. Provided as small, easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsules. More on the following testing can be found in my previous lecture.