Below, Frances Williams MD answers important frequently asked questions about B-Vitamins:
What is Clear Mind Essential B Complex?
Clear Mind Essential B complex is an enhanced augmented prescription-strength and purity guaranteed methylated Vitamin B complex. Frances Williams MD at Being Well Essentials has designed this formulation especially for her population of patients who suffer from depletion of neurotransmitters. This can be related to addictions, smoking, alcohol, poor diet, stress, and is often related to chronic anxiety and depression. Poor methylators and metabolically overwhelmed patients (often from chronic pain or illness) often have low levels of methylated B vitamin levels, especially folate and B12. In addition to the essential 12 B vitamins are inositol and choline. This formulation is unlike any available in typical retail stores as its ingredients are 100% natural food source vitamins. All Being Well Essentials products are pharmaceutical grade. They are tested by independent labs for potency and purity. Low methylated levels have been linked to depressive states, poor nutrition, substance abuse, and exhaustion. This formulation of folate therapy contains Metafolin® and does not require enzymes to convert it to a biologically active form. Clear Mind Essential B complex helps restore the depleted brain and body.
Is Clear Mind Essential B Complex Safe?
Clear Mind Essential B Vitamin Complex is extremely safe and well-tolerated when taken once daily. Frances Williams MD recommends "vitamin vacations" for most people. Only patients with methylation defects require one daily, every day. Otherwise, Dr. Williams suggests taking one week off vitamin therapy every two months to allow the body to equilibrate on its own.
How do I take Clear Mind Essential Vitamin B Complex?
Most people take 1 vegetarian capsule daily, in the morning with food. Your obstetrician may recommend two per day if you are contemplating pregnancy, are pregnant or breastfeeding to prevent neural tube defects. In these cases, ask your personal physician.
How do I purchase Clear Mind Essential B Complex ?
Being Well Essentials ships Clear Mind Essential B Vitamin Complex and all Clear Mind products directly to your home. Order through BeingWellEssentials.com. You can contact our customer service department by email at email@example.com and leave a phone number. One of our representatives will respond by email or phone, whichever you prefer.
Why not take just another B Vitamin off the shelf?
B vitamins are essential for optimal health and functioning of numerous biochemical reactions in the body. They are required in the diet on a daily basis to support energy production, brain, liver and nerve cell function, and muscle tone in the GI tract. This high-potency B complex vitamin supplement is uniquely formulated to provide amounts and sources of B vitamins that are efficiently utilized and well-tolerated by the body.
• Activated Folate: Metafolin®** L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), a bioactive form of folate, is included to help ensure more immediate effects on metabolism compared to folic acid, the form of folate commonly used in fortified foods and supplements. L-5-MTHF is especially useful for supporting neurological system requirements as it is the only form of folate that crosses the blood-brain barrier.
• Activated Vitamin B12: The methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 is exceptionally well-absorbed and readily used by the body. Methylcobalamin, is especially useful for supporting neurological function and homocysteine metabolism.
• Additional Support: Inositol, choline, and paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA) have been included along with the eight essential B vitamins. These naturally-occurring compounds are related to B vitamins and have been shown to have benefit in a variety of metabolic functions.
• Hypoallergenic: This product is free of the following common allergens: milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, yeast, and soybeans. Contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. All Clear Mind Products are vegetarian
One capsule daily is recommended for individuals who wish to obtain a full array of B vitamins in potent amounts. Suggested Use: 1 capsule daily with food. This product was made in a GMP and ISO 9001:2008 registered facility.
Is there any proof Clear Mind Essential B Vitamin Complex helps depression?
As an MD, I am always looking for scientific evidence that products work. However, there is really two kinds of evidence: 1--double blind placebo controlled studies. These are often funded by drug companies that have a vested interest in "finding the proof." These therapies are considered to be "evidence based."
2--empiric evidence. This is not so scientific, yet "seems to work." Many ideas for scientific inquiries come from what doctors have noticed is effective.
But vitamins are not drugs, so there is not much proof, right?
For the most part, this is true. However, we know certain facts about vitamins due to the diseases their deficiencies cause. We know for a fact Vitamin B1 deficiency causes dementia. This is one of the reasons severe alcoholics may become demented. We know folic acid is deficient in people who consume a lot of alcohol as well. We also know the deficiency causes brain development birth defects called neural tube defects. But a lot of the art of medicine is combining the science with our experience of what works. Science+Empiric Data+Logic= Art of Medicine.
Is there a scholarly investigation that shows B vitamins help in depression anywhere out there?
There is a reason all supplements not regulated by the FDA boast the universal disclaimer: "not intended to treat any disease." That said, In my research, I came upon an article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2009, pages 12-17, which reviews all of the literature to date on depression and folate deficiency. In this article, 28 other investigations were cited. The article set out to show that folate supplementation can indeed help with depressive symptoms. Of course folate should not be supplemented without Methyl B12, as folate treatment can mask some symptoms of B12 deficiency.Therefore, they should be given together.
Is there additional indirect evidence methylfolate can help with depression?
We know antidepressants do not work well in those with folate deficiency. Through the condition called "methylfolate deficiency," we in the supplement world have learned a lot. These patients often have high homocysteine and also have many disorders including depression, anxiety, and insomnia, and simply cannot be treated with the inactive forms of vitamins found over the counter. Some of my patients with addictions have this inborn error of metabolism, and must be treated with methylated B vitamins, so why not the rest of us? These vitamins are active, natural, food source vitamins with guaranteed potency and purity. And after all, Metafolin (L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate) is the ONLY form of folate to cross into the brain from the blood.