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Can taking B vitamin supplements help protect against mosquito bites?
B vitamin supplements have been promoted by the popular media and even some pharmacists for decades as an effective home remedy for repelling mosquitoes. However, research to-date has not shown B vitamins to reduce the attraction of mosquitoes to people. For details, see our B Vitamin Supplements Review.
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I've heard that having low B-12 or B-6 can cause depression. Is that true?
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Is sublingual vitamin B-12, which is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve, really better than the pill form?
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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?
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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!
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Can taking too much vitamin B-6 be dangerous?
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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?
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I'm over 50 and looking to take a vitamin B-12 supplement. 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?
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