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ask: Why do some vitamins give me bad breath?

By Kristin Davis
 
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I've been taking a combination B vitamin that is supposed to help stress, according to the bottle, and I think it makes me feel better and give me more energy (or it could be in my head), and, anyway, I've noticed that I have a bad taste in my mouth when I take it. Why is this?

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aroma

I had fecal breath odor for YEARS. Talked to many doctors who I am sure thought that I was crazy....I finally had a friend who suffers too, send me a eBook he bought 5 or 6 months ago he ask me how his breath smelt and I didn't smell a thing. He said the eBook amongst much else had him stop eating dairy food/ soft drinks and coffee/tea. So I’m like reading it and doing all the stuff it says to do. Thinking this has to be bull. But after a few days my tongue started turning red and felt nice. I worked up the courage to ask a friend how my breath smelt and hes like I don’t smell anything. Now I’m thinking all those years of humiliation and I could have solved it ffs! There a site about it called BadhalitosisbreathCom. When I read the site I felt sorry for the guy as he clearly had a real tough time with his bad breath, which pretty much ruined his school years. At lest he found a way to beat his bad breath and is letting others know how. Post this every! where to help people!! Thanks

April 17, 2010 - 6:17am
Coach Virginia

Alysiak: Sorry, I missed your post. My favorite multivitamin for women is made by Metagenics. Laboratory testing shows the absorption, quality and purity of the contents are at a higher standard of production. You can order that product directly from the company but if they ask for your physician request, let me know.

February 22, 2009 - 1:42pm
alysiak

Is there a supplement, or a pack of supplements, that contains most or all of the essential vitamins and minerals women need?

I'm taking the One-A-Day Women's 50+ Advantage. But, it seems as though there are so many recommendations to take even more supplements.

From the One-A-Day site:


As a woman over 50 you can take one that is specially formulated for both your age and gender. One A Day® Women’s 50+ Advantage contains more Calcium and Vitamin D than Centrum® Silver® to promote bone strength and support breast health and it provides key nutrients to support heart health, eye health and healthy blood pressure.††* Plus, it contains Ginkgo to promote memory and concentration.*

Complete Multivitamin Plus More† to Support:*

* Memory and Concentration with Ginkgo
* Bone Strength with more† Calcium, more† Vitamin D and Magnesium
* Joint Health with 100% of Vitamin C to support collagen formation
* Breast Health with more† Vitamin D
* Heart Health with Vitamins B6, B12, C, E and Folic Acid
* Eye Health with Vitamins E, A, C and Zinc

Does Not Contain Iron

February 6, 2009 - 5:49pm
Kristin Davis

Great info -- I haven't heard of Hops, but will check it out. Thanks for the magnesium info too!!

February 6, 2009 - 9:14am
Coach Virginia

Kristin, sorry I missed this posting...I just provided magnesium supplementation suggestions on another link. First of all, reading about Magnesium can help and I recommend this book: The Magnesium Factor by Mildred Seelig, MD. I take powder magnesium which I get at a local health food store. I take 1000mg every other day, if I get diarrhea it is OK for a few hours and will cut the dose next time. It is also a good idea to take a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. So if you have a 1000mg dosage of calcium, take 500mg of magnesium.

Ijust thought about something for you to try with your RLS, have you heard of Hops? I am sure you can find it in a health food store. It is also known as Humulus Lupulus. Take 500mg or 1-2ml (if liquid) a half hour before bedtime. Hops is a nervine that relaxes the nervous system.

St John's Wort is back in the picture as one of the best nerve tonics that help ease mild cases of depression and related insommia caused by stress or RLS. Hope this helps. Keep me posted.

February 5, 2009 - 10:52pm
Coach Virginia

Kristin, thanks for the additional information. I know this brand is sold at Costco. Not my first choice for supplements but the price is right. I went to Nature Made website and saw these ingredients on the Stress B Complex product you mention:(see below as it appears on their website)

INGREDIENTS

Niacinamide Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Cellulose Gel, Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Fumarate, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Modified Food Starch, Corn Starch, Croscarmellose Sodium, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Stearate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Polyethylene Glycol, Folic Acid, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin. Contains: Soy

The iron in this product indeed could be causing the bad taste in your mouth but I think it could also be any of those artificial ingredients that cause gastric disorders such as corn starch.

Iron and B6 are known to help relief Restless Legs Syndrome. I also suggest a couple of things for you:

1. Try drinking tonic water (500ml a day), the quinine in this drink is known to "cure" restless legs symptoms
2. Jumping on a trampoling for about 5 minutes also helps, you could try rope instead
3. Potassium rich foods such as kiwi, try eating one before bed time.
4. Make sure your minerals are balanced, magnesium relaxes muscles too.

December 24, 2008 - 2:13am
Kristin Davis (reply to Coach Virginia)

Coach Virginia, I just started taking a different B complex supplement that has all the same ingredients, even nearly the same amounts, except it doesn't contain Vitamin C, Iron or Vitamin E. The bad taste is completely gone, which is awesome. It seems to be helping somewhat with the RLS, but not as effective as the other supplement. But it's better than nothing. I'm wondering if it was the iron in the previous supplement that was helping me so much.... what do you think? Maybe I should take a separate iron supplement and see what happens?

I followed your suggestions and incorporated kiwi into my diet as well as more bananas. I'm thinking about trying magnesium, but not sure how much to take. (I've heard it can cause diarrhea if you take too much.)

I really appreciate your advice on this! I would love to alleviate my RLS symptoms -- they make me miserable sometimes -- but I don't want to have to go on a medication for it.

January 20, 2009 - 4:07pm
Kristin Davis

Well, it's "Stress B-Complex" by Nature Made. It has Vitamin C (833%) and Iron (100%) in it. Here are the other ingredients: Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin and Pantothenic Acid. Maybe it's the iron or Vitamin C that's causing the bad taste??

One interesting thing that I'm finding is that I have Restless Leg Syndrome, and when I take this supplement, I notice that my RLS isn't as bad -- in fact sometimes it goes away. I have no idea why -- if it's the iron or the B vitamins or what. But whatever it is, it helps. However, I hate the bad breath that I have from it.....

December 23, 2008 - 11:36pm
Coach Virginia

Kristin, what type of B vitamin are your taking? What dosage? What are the other ingredients? Is it a complex B product?

There are several types of B vitamins and defficiencies are identified for each with very specific symptoms: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5) which is necessary for adrenal function. Niacin Pyridoxine (B6), and Cobalamin (B12). B5 and B12 are the only two that I know of that are used to help with stress. Are there other ingredients in the bottle? I am not aware of any mouth tastes caused by the B vitamins, but sometimes products may contain other ingredients that may trigger that taste.

December 23, 2008 - 11:18pm
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