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Folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are essential for your nervous system to stay healthy and work normally. This formula is based on a medical study in 2009 that found that supplementing the diet daily with 800 mcg of folate, 500 mcg of vitamin B12 and only 3 mg of vitamin B6 for six months improved the general well-being and helped with feelings of anxiety and depression. We have increased the strength of that formula for you to get results even more quickly.
FOLATE is important for your body to produce the neurotransmitters serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These are involved in a multitude of functions, including memory, sleep and hormonal balance. Medical studies have linked folate deficiency to feelings of depression.
VITAMIN B12 deficiency is one factor that contributes to feelings of anxiety, confusion or irritability, according to the National Institutes of Health. Your body needs B12 to produce serotonin, the mood-regulating neurotransmitter.
VITAMIN B6 helps keep your levels of GABA normal. GABA is a calming neurotransmittor that reduces excessive transmission of nerve impulses in the brain. This can greatly help ease feelings of anxiety.
METHYL FOLATE: We use a special form of active folate called methylfolate. As many as 45% of people can't make full use of the regular folic acid that you find in most vitamins (because of reduced activity of an enzyme that converts folic acid into the active form) . Elderly depressed patients experienced relief by using this type of folate, according to one medical study.
METHYL B12: We also use a special type of vitamin B12. It is "pre-methylated" which means it is ready for your body to use it immediately. It is also the form of B12 that is found in nature.
B6 P5P: For vitamin B6 we use the active form called P5P (pyridoxal-5'-phosphate) that the body can use quickly.
METHYLATION is a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. How well your body can methylate is vital for your health. Methylation of protein helps detoxify the body. For example, it helps convert the toxic amino acid homocysteine (which can damage blood vessels and increase the risk of heart disease) to one that is healthy for the body (methionine). Methylation also helps enzymes that triggers the myriad of chemical reactions in cells. Folate is a "methyl donor" while vitamin B12 is a "methylating factor". Taking pre-methlyated forms of these vitamins as in the B6•B12•FOLATE product can improve how well your body is able to methylate and be healthy.
ANTI-ANXIETY DRUGS AND FOLATE, B12 AND B6: Benzodiazepines and other drugs that are used for anxiety are usually highly addictive. They can have many serious side effects, including seizures, depression, sexual dysfunction, suicidal and homicidal thoughts. An anti-anxiety drug does nothing to nourish the brain or the nervous system; it simply manipulates brain chemistry. The body eventually adapts to the drug, which then loses its full effect. An this point, the doctor either increases the drug dosage, or prescribes a different drug. The result is an increasing spiral of drugs and chemical dependency. A person who wants to taper off such drugs should do so very gradually and under a doctor’s supervision. B6-B12-FOLATE may provide a useful addition to such tapering by nourishing the body during the process, as directed by the doctor.