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Ideal Bite - B Vitamins for a Hangover

Posted Sep 14 2008 6:07pm

(Posted by Patrick Sullivan Jr.)

Jigsaw Health's Activated B w/SRT was featured today as one of the "hangover cures" in the Daily Bite from Ideal Bite.

Jigsaw Activated B w/ SRT – they don’t SAY it works as a hangover cure, but trust us, give it a shot before going out – it’s kept us going throughout the holiday runaround.

First of all, thanks for the plug Heather! In November, one of their staff writers purchased some of our Sprouted Organic Nuts and loved them so much, they included it their "Nutcrackers and Nutjobs" Daily Bite on November 23. This was our first introduction to the "Biter Movement" at Ideal Bite. Well, since I'm a big fan of free press and repaying kindness with kindness, I sent them a small goody-basket that included our Activated B. (I could tell from their blog that they were likely to need a good hangover cure, and hey, the B's work like a champ for me! Yes, I do enjoy the taste of's my last remaining vice. ;-)

Anyways, I got a call from Heather last week and she thanked me for the basket and told me she would be including the Activated B in today's Daily Bite because on the few (several? ;-) occasions she had had a chance to try it out, the B's worked great. I responded, "Yeah, the drinking crowd isn't exactly our target market at Jigsaw Health, but the B vitamins still actually work great to stem a hangover."

B Vitamins The body uses B vitamins for so many things. It is one of the most important vitamins. And I think our Activated B w/SRT is one of the best B complex vitamins out there because it is formulated with high amounts of the active forms of each B vitamin, as opposed to the inactive forms which must be converted by the liver before they can be used in the body, and the sustained-release technology allows the Bs to be absorbed over time rather than being dumped all at once. (Sorry for the blatant sales pitch, but I think it's important to differentiate it from all the other B complex vitamins.)

I take one Activated B every morning. (And one at night when I go to bed after too many Dos XX. :)

Here's a few clips from Pat's book, Wellness Piece by Piece, about B-vitamins.

Chapter 6 - Clear Your Infections
So what causes candida yeast to overgrow in the intestines in the first place? When good bacteria in the intestines are destroyed, there is nothing to prevent the yeast from becoming the predominate organism in the intestinal tract. The candida then secretes large amounts of toxins that can affect almost any area of the body. It has been documented that candida can produce over eighty toxic chemicals, including neurotoxins. One of the most harmful is a toxin called “acetaldehyde.” Interestingly, this exact same chemical causes alcohol-induced hangovers. (So for the “non-sick,” if you have ever had a bad hangover, you now know why people with candidiasis feel awful most of the time.)

Because the symptomology of candidiasis is so varied—from rashes to depression—chronically ill people end up seeing an assortment of specialists without ever getting an appropriate diagnosis. Sadly, many of these specialists scratch their heads in amazement and bewilderment and think people like us are crazy, or that it is “all in our heads.”

Chapter 7 - Manage Your Central Nervous System
It is entirely possible that minor- and medium-level issues with the central nervous system can be placated using natural substances. Much research and the experience of millions of people have shown the effectiveness of many natural remedies. Amino acids, herbal preparations, and B-vitamins are a few of the natural substances that I have used effectively to battle these symptoms and feelings.

If you look at nearly any health book, you will see that deficiencies in any of the B-vitamins can result in depression and/or anxiety. Deficiencies in the amino acids of tryptophan and tyrosine, precursors for most of the neurotransmitters in the brain, are major causes of depression. Deficiencies in minerals, especially magnesium and zinc, are also known to be underlying causes for anxiety, depression, and other neurological conditions including ADD, dyslexia, and recurrent headaches. Deficiencies in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential oils have also been proven to lead to certain neurological conditions including depression.

It is both sad and frightening that most people receive a prescription from their doctor for powerful synthetic drugs without any effort to determine the true source of their central nervous system disorders. I guarantee you that these disorders are not caused by a deficiency of Prozac, Zoloft, Valium, Paxil, etc.

Chapter 12 - Nourishing Your Body With Supplements
B-vitamins. B-vitamins are involved in virtually every chemical reaction in the body. And to function optimally, the body must have a certain amount of every single B-vitamin. A deficiency in any of them could lead to very serious health conditions. Infections, as well as an abundance of mercury that may be present in the body, will put a great strain on the body for B-vitamins.

Thankfully, the body will utilize B-vitamins from supplemental sources. But it is not good to dump a large amount of B’s into the body at once. For one, candida and other bugs “love” B-vitamins and will feed and grow on them. In addition, the body can really only use so much at once, so it flushes out what it can’t use through the urine. It is much better to allow them to be absorbed slowly.

Because of this, the timed- or sustained-release concept is also beneficial for B-vitamins, especially when the B-vitamins are in their active forms (instead of the inactive forms which must be converted by the liver in order to be employed). Unfortunately, these types of supplements are not commonly found in health food stores.

Many doctors, including mine, give their patients a prescription for injectable B-vitamins that the patients can administer themselves. This is similar to an insulin shot. Injecting B-vitamins directly into the bloodstream is the preferred method because it avoids the digestive tract altogether. And this can be helpful, especially in the presence of digestion and absorption problems, or candida yeast infection. However, injections can also be costly, somewhat painful, and are generally inconvenient.

P5P. Pyrodoxal-5-Phosphate, or P5P, is the active form of vitamin-B6 pyridoxine. P5P plays a key role in energy production and aids the immune and central nervous systems. It also participates in numerous biochemical reactions in the body, including the manufacture of virtually all neurotransmitters. In fact, it is usually found working right alongside magnesium and zinc. A deficiency of P5P is really a metabolic disaster as major bodily functions can go haywire.

There is growing consensus that many chronically ill people do not convert the inactive form of B6 into P5P, which is the active form. Fortunately, it is possible to supplement P5P directly, and this can help the body tremendously. I personally take between 20 and 50 mgs of P5P per day, in divided doses. I find that this makes me feel much better.

Folic Acid. Folic acid can also be difficult for the chronically ill person to convert into the active form that the body uses. It is believed that upwards of fifty one percent of Americans have difficulty converting folic acid into tetrahydrofolate, or “folate,” which is the active form. If this is true, then it is a big problem as folate is incredibly important for so many metabolic pathways.

You can purchase supplements containing folate if you learn that you do not convert folic acid well.

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