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Vitamin Supplementation

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I recently received the results from some bloodwork. I had the bloodwork taken because I have been exhausted and have had some peripheral neuropathy. I need some help interpreting the results as the doctor was less than helpful.

Vitamin B12 195 (221-700)

Transferrin Saturation 19 (20-55)

Zinc 45 (55-150)

There were also a few borderline things from the metabolic panel:

Protein, Total 7.0 (6.0-8.4)

Albumin 4.0 (3.5-5.0)

Calcium, Total 8.5 (8.5-10.5)

The only advice the doctor gave me was to take iron, B12, and zinc. He didn't even tell me the amounts or how long to take it or anything. Can any of you shed some light on what kind of supplementation I should be doing and what dosages. I know that you aren't doctors, but maybe your doctor was more helpful than mine :)

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5000 mcg of methylcobalamin daily, on an empty stomache.

zinc, no more than 50 mg daily without additional copper.

Iron, i would try to increase dietary intake.

Do you take any meds? acid reducers will interfer with b12 digestion and iron digestion, and protein digestion.

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Thank you for your input. The only meds I take are synthroid and birth control bills. I know that I can't take vitamins within 2 hours of the synthroid, but the synthroid shouldn't effect the vitamin levels.

What is the difference between Methylcobalamin and the B12 that starts with a C? I didn't know which to get in the store. In your opinion, are there any brands that are better than others?

How soon should I expect to see a difference in my energy level?

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Thank you for your input. The only meds I take are synthroid and birth control bills. I know that I can't take vitamins within 2 hours of the synthroid, but the synthroid shouldn't effect the vitamin levels.

What is the difference between Methylcobalamin and the B12 that starts with a C? I didn't know which to get in the store. In your opinion, are there any brands that are better than others?

How soon should I expect to see a difference in my energy level?

cyanocobalamin has the cyano molecule, which is cyanide and needs to be remove and the cobalamin methylated to work in the body....a small subset of persons can not do that. so it is best to use the methyl- from the get go.

dont know about one brand or another, the sublingual commonly have sorbitol, which you may want to avoid. you want to take the B12 away from food for the same reason that you take you thyroid med away from food, both are very large molecules. good luck

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5000 mcg of methylcobalamin daily, on an empty stomache.

zinc, no more than 50 mg daily without additional copper.

Iron, i would try to increase dietary intake.

Do you take any meds? acid reducers will interfer with b12 digestion and iron digestion, and protein digestion.

is that under the tongue or 5000 b12 to swallow?

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