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B Vitamin Supplements Review (B Complexes, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin & More)
 

Posted: 6/15/19  Last Update: 9/21/19 

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B Vitamins Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com
B vitamin supplements compared in this review
21st Century B-1 GNC B-Complex Big 100 NutraBlast Hair Skin & Nails - Strawberry
Amazon Elements Berry B12 GNC Methyl B-12 NutriCology Pantethine
Bio-Tech B2-400 Jarrow Formulas B-Right Nutrilite Vitamin B Dual-Action
Bluebonnet Vitamin B6 Jarrow Formulas Pantothenic Acid B5 Organika Vitamin B Complex
BulkSupplements.com Flush-Free Niacin Kirkland Signature [Costco] Super B-Complex PipingRock.com Vitamin B-6
Carlson Methyl Folate Mason Natural B12 Pure Encapsulations B12 Liquid
Doctor's Best Benfotiamine 300 Nature Made Super B Energy Complex Puritan's Pride Ultra Mega Biotin
Douglas Laboratories Riboflavin Nature's Bounty Biotin Slo Niacin
Elysium Basis Cellular Health & Optimization Nature's Way Pantothenic Acid Spring Valley [Walmart] Biotin
Eniva B-Complex New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins
Finest Nutrition [Alpha XR] Folic Acid NOW Niacinamide 500 mg Vitafusion B12 - Natural Raspberry Flavor
Garden of Life mykind Organics B-Complex    
21st Century B-1 Amazon Elements Berry B12 Bio-Tech B2-400 Bluebonnet Vitamin B6 BulkSupplements.com Flush-Free Niacin Carlson Methyl Folate Doctor's Best Benfotiamine 300 Douglas Laboratories Riboflavin Elysium Basis Cellular Health & Optimization Eniva B-Complex Finest Nutrition [Alpha XR] Folic Acid Garden of Life mykind Organics B-Complex GNC B-Complex Big 100 GNC Methyl B-12 Jarrow Formulas B-Right Jarrow Formulas Pantothenic Acid B5 Kirkland Signature [Costco] Super B-Complex Mason Natural B12 Nature Made Super B Energy Complex Nature's Bounty Biotin Nature's Way Pantothenic Acid New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails NOW Niacinamide 500 mg NutraBlast Hair Skin & Nails - Strawberry NutriCology Pantethine Nutrilite Vitamin B Dual-Action Organika Vitamin B Complex PipingRock.com Vitamin B-6 Pure Encapsulations B12 Liquid Puritan's Pride Ultra Mega Biotin Slo Niacin Spring Valley [Walmart] Biotin Sugarbearhair Hair Vitamins Vitafusion B12 - Natural Raspberry Flavor
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Summary: What You Need to Know About B Vitamin Supplements
You must be a member to get the full test results along with ConsumerLab.com recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for 26 B vitamin and B-complex supplements selected by ConsumerLab.com and 8 others which passed testing in its voluntary Quality Certification Program.

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
    • Which B vitamin supplements failed testing and which passed
    • Cost comparisons and quality ratings of B vitamin supplements
    • Information on what B vitamin supplements can and cannot do for you -- some may reduce memory decline!
    • Important differences among forms of B vitamins, such as those of niacin (nicotinic acid, niacinamide, and inositol hexanicotinate), folate (natural folate, folic acid, and L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate), and B-12 (methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin), as well as how oral B-12 compares to B-12 injections.
    • Use and dosage information for thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, B-12, biotin, folate (folic acid), and pantothenic acid.
    • How amounts of B vitamins in supplements compare to the amounts you actually need - the results may surprise you!
    • What you need to know about new intake guidelines — and why you shouldn't rely on Daily Values (DVs) listed on labels
    • Side effects and potential drug interactions with B vitamins
    • Safety concerns with B vitamins, and how to use them safely
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ConsumerLab.com Answers -- for B Vitamin Supplements Review (B Complexes, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin & More)
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Being over 50 years old, I'm looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. I see that many contain a form of vitamin B-12 called cyanocobalamin, yet I read on the Internet that this form is toxic. Should I be concerned? Get the answer >>

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What is Lipo-flavonoid and does it work for tinnitus or other ear problems? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements are important after bariatric surgery (i.e., weight loss or stomach-reducing surgery)? Are there any I should avoid? Get the answer >>

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Are enteric coated supplements better than non-enteric coated ones? Get the answer >>

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I take fluoxetine (Prozac), a SSRI drug to treat depression. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements really help with brain function, like memory and cognition? Get the answer >>

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What is benfotiamine and can it really improve or prevent complications from diabetes? Get the answer >>

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The maker of my multivitamin says it doesn't include folic acid because too much from supplements can be harmful. Is that true? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with migraines? Get the answer >>

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Can taking too much vitamin B-6 be dangerous? The label on my multivitamin states it contains 2000% of the Daily Value! Get the answer >>

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Can taking too much vitamin B-12 be dangerous? The label on my B-complex states it contains 50,000% of the Daily Value! Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help relieve stress? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help with nerve pain, like sciatica or diabetic neuropathy? Get the answer >>

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I have been having neurological symptoms, and a blood test showed I have toxic levels of vitamin B-6. My multivitamin contains 75 mg of B-6, but this is below the upper limit of 100 mg per day. Could my vitamin contain more than it lists? Get the answer >>

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I thought the B vitamins were all water soluble and did not build up in the body, so you would not build up toxic levels. Am I wrong? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for tinnitus? Is it true that some supplements can cause tinnitus? Get the answer >>

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Does nicotinamide riboside (as in Niagen and Basis) really have anti-aging or other health benefits? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help prevent or improve cataracts? Get the answer >>

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Is sublingual vitamin B-12 really better than the pill form? Get the answer >>

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I take estrogen replacement (Vagifem), to help relieve the symptoms of menopause. Are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking, due to this drug? Get the answer >>

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Is P-5-P really better than "regular" vitamin B6? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help to lower blood pressure? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements improve balance or reduce the risk of falls? Get the answer >>

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Are lozenges and sublingual pills considered dietary supplements? Get the answer >>

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I was told I have a MTHFR gene mutation. What do I need to know about taking B vitamins? Get the answer >>

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I read on your website that some B-12 vitamins can cause diarrhea due to added sugar substitutes like sorbitol. I have had diarrhea and never thought it could be caused by my vitamin B-12 supplement, until I read your article and stopped taking the supplement. My diarrhea stopped immediately. Can you help me find a brand of B-12 that doesn't contain sorbitol or sugar substitutes that could cause this problem? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can help with indigestion and/or heartburn? Get the answer >>

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Does Alpha Brain really improve memory, focus and cognition? Get the answer >>

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Are there any supplements I should avoid when taking acetaminophen (Tylenol)? Get the answer >>

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How likely are Americans to be deficient in vitamins or minerals? Get the answer >>

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Do vitamin patches, such as for B12 or multivitamins, really work? How about those from PatchMD? Get the answer >>

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What are the most common, potentially dangerous interactions between supplements and drugs? Get the answer >>

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My HDL (good) cholesterol level is low. Should I take niacin to raise my HDLs? Get the answer >>

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I've been taking a Daily Advantage multi but am now concerned by the very high % DV for vitamin C (833% DV), niacin (325% DV), and B vitamins (over 1,000% DV for several). The company tells me this formula is based on clinical experience and the scientific literature. What do you think? Get the answer >>

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Can prenatal vitamins have too much folic acid? Mine has 800 mcg, but isn't that more than what's recommended? Is this dangerous to me or my baby? Get the answer >>

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What is Brain Bright and can it really improve memory or cognition? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for hair loss? Get the answer >>

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Are the "% DV" numbers on vitamin supplement labels really based on what I need? Get the answer >>

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Are there any supplements I should avoid when taking an antibiotic? Are there any that may be helpful? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help with Raynaud's phenomenon? Get the answer >>

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I've heard that having low B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Is that true? Get the answer >>

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Can lysine, vitamin B-12, or other vitamins or minerals help prevent or reduce canker sores? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help to improve energy and decrease fatigue? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements reduce the risk of stroke? Which increase the risk of stroke? Get the answer >>

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Do biotin supplements really improve hair and nails? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements can cause diarrhea? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help for restless legs syndrome? Get the answer >>

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Do Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins make hair shine, nails stronger, and help both to grow? They taste good but are super expensive. Get the answer >>

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What are the symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency? Get the answer >>

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Which supplements help with depression and anxiety? Get the answer >>

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Is there cause for concern with "gummy vitamins?" There are many different gummies out there. Are some better than others? Get the answer >>

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Are liquid vitamins better than pills? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help prevent or reduce eye floaters? Get the answer >>

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Does vitamin B12 improve memory? Get the answer >>

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What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency? Get the answer >>

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Do any supplements help reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)? Get the answer >>

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Can vitamins or other supplements cause a change in the ability to taste, or even a loss of taste? Get the answer >>

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I was surprised when my doctor told me to stop taking supplements because my kidney function was low. But after stopping the supplements, my kidney function returned to normal. Can taking a lot of supplements really damage the kidneys? Get the answer >>
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