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u/nilou_f · 140 pointsr/SkincareAddiction
  1. Get regular manicures to clean up the cuticle area. You could also look up on youtube how to do it yourself at home.
  2. Get yourself a hand cream with keratin in it, and use it often. Vaseline has one called "Healthy Hands and Nails".
  3. Use a nail treatment such as OPI's nail envy to strengthen the nail, promote its growth and deter you from biting.
  4. Take a biotin supplement daily, which can be purchased here on amazon.
u/LimbicLogic · 66 pointsr/JordanPeterson

Hey mate, you're talking about what looks like pretty clear major depression. You're in good hands going to a psychologist (meaning this person has a PhD as opposed to an MA like a counselor, meaning they're more likely to know their shit -- and I say this as a contemptuous counselor regarding his profession), and a psychiatrist will put you on one of a few different antidepressants, like an SSRI or SNDRI. However, it's important to have a comprehensive medical ruleout for things like low testosterone, hypothyroidism, and nutrient deficiencies, like B12 and folate, both of which are hugely important for mood and energy. (Don't be surprised if your psychiatrist has no idea about these areas given how far behind doctors can be with the research -- 17 years on average.) If you know of any doctors who do functional or integrative medicine, this would be the place to look as well.

You might even consider ordering a fancier B-complex which includes methylated B12 and folate, like this. Also check out my post on the many non-psychological factors that influence depression. I highly recommend Stephen Ilardi's book, The Depression Cure, which goes into more detail about nonpharmacological treatments for depression, as well as Young and Klosko's Reinventing Your Life, which looks at psychological issues at a schema level, i.e., at a deep level of belief that can get activated at different times leading to different emotional and behavioral states. You can find the entire book here. Read the first five chapters and take the questionnaire in chapter two, then any schemas you rate highly on in the individual chapters by the same name.

u/jbrs_ · 32 pointsr/vegan

I have three ideas to try:

  1. people who have eating disorders often use food as a way to cope with another form of stress or emotional trauma. Have self compassion and realize it's just your body trying to cope.

  2. Replace carbs like bread and processed foods with fresh fruit. It will satisfy or otherwise reshape your craving over time, and it is very healthy. Have a smoothie every morning-- I make one with bananas, strawberries, frozen wild blueberries, orange juice, and cilantro every morning that I love.

  3. if you crave things like salt, try getting them from vegetable sources. Eat spinach and celery, which are very high in mineral salts. Might not immediately satisfy your craving, but over time your body will learn what it does for you and will begin to want it and want the other foods less.

    Also, do you supplement with a b12? This brand is good because it has both methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, and no additives.

    An easy way to get iodine is to put some dulse flakes in your smoothie-- I do two tablespoons.

u/KleinKonijn · 26 pointsr/proED

Ah hara hachi bu haha! That literally means stomach 80%. I forgot about that, should've mentioned it! It's very true that in Japan, we eat until we're not hungry, instead of eating until we're full. In fact, my sister and I even communicate how hungry we are based on that. So 80% is perfectly happy and satisfied. 85% is feeling slightly sick from eating too much. 90% is feeling physical pain from eating too much. 95% is feeling like we're going to puke because we're so full. And hungry is like... 60%. 70% is we could eat, but we wouldn't eat much at all.

That's so interesting how you bring up how stomach expansion occurs from high volume, low calorie foods like vegetables... I'm guessing you also watch My 600 lb Life and it's a common thing for the gastric bypass surgery patients to be told to NOT eat vegetables because it undoes the surgery by expanding the stomach again. That hasn't really happened to me or my family though, probably because we weren't binge eaters to begin with? I think those powerful binge urges and hunger signals come from unhealthy mental attitudes about food too, which we never really had. So that's why I feel often that I don't really belong here because my relationship to food and weight is purely a control thing for other mental fucked up things about me and I'm very rational about food and weight without it consuming my life.

And yes of course! I'm 23 years old, 5'2 or 158 cm, 81 pounds at the moment, 36.75 kg. So that's a BMI of 14.72. I've maintained a weight of 80-85 pounds for several years now and I don't intend on ever changing that. It grounds my sense of self-identity and self-worth.

I am aware of how many calories are in the things I consume, but I don't obsess over them. I do, however, pay strict attention to how much protein I eat each day and I make sure to stay on top of my multivitamin, biotin, and calcium supplements. My priority is to keep in relative good health (no real health problems yet thanks to my diligence) while staying in my 80-85 pound weight range for my own sanity.

Let's see... Every single day, I eat at least two Chobani Greek yoghurts. Currently, I hoarded the coconut flavor. So that's 150 calories and 12g protein each. That brings my absolute minimum total to 300 calories and 24g protein. But I require myself to eat 36g protein daily. So I make a sandwich! I include mustard and spinach too, but they have negligible calories and grams of protein so I didn't include them.

Sandwich: 291 calories, 20g protein

1 slice bread: 120 calories, 5g protein

35g sliced turkey: 31 calories, 5g protein

2 slices provolone cheese: 140 calories, 10g protein

And honestly, that's how the past several weeks have been for me. Two yoghurts and my sandwich, plus my multivitamin, biotin, and calcium. I also drink at least half a gallon of plain green tea every single day. I have since sixth grade. No milk, no sugar. Just the standard daily sencha I grew up with. On occasion, I drink Coke Zero. But nothing else.

So my total calories and protein each day comes out to 591 calories, 44g protein. I don't really eat anything else at all.

I don't get hungry honestly. I think the last time I was hungry was months ago. Somehow, I don't feel hunger impulses. But I force myself to eat my yoghurts and sandwich to make sure I get my protein and avoid health problems. I don't eat at mealtimes at all. I don't have a set time to eat whatsoever. In fact, it's 4:30 AM here and I ate my sandwich at 1 PM yesterday and my yoghurts at 2 AM not too long ago. My eating is really unscheduled. And I don't plan out what to eat either, not really. I have my routine of my yoghurts and sandwich down, and I don't plan anything else. If anything, I plan what foods I will buy and eat to keep my weight up. I feel guilty for spending money on food and I research a lot into how many calories I can buy for as little money as possible. When I see I hit 79 pounds, I make a conscious effort that day to buy food to regain at least a pound. I have planned and budged for buying all sorts of food, but it's still hard for me because of the guilt of spending money and not being able to eat so much in a short time. My disordered thoughts about food isn't about weight loss but more about self-worth haha.

I do try and snack when I'm not hungry, but again, I'm not compelled to lose more weight. I want to stay in my safety zone of 80-85 pounds. And I hit 79 pounds pretty often, so I try really hard to go back up to where I want to be. I find it difficult to snack though because I get full very quickly and I feel a bit ill when I push myself and eat too much. So I end up rarely snacking, even when I should.

I don't have any off limit foods. I don't fear food and I don't get panic attacks over food or anything. I do, however, dislike foods like anyone does haha. I hate mayonnaise. I dislike sugary foods in general. I'm also paranoid about the health of my teeth and gums, so I avoid soda almost entirely. I'll gladly take diet soda!

My food preferences just tend to line up with foods that are lower calorie. As a kid, I always liked sour candies you see and I strongly disliked sugary candies like chocolate. So that meant that I would snack as a child on candies with very little fat and thus fewer calories. I generally disliked eating starches too. I ate much more meat and fish than rice and noodles, much to my parents' amusement. So that meant that I was probably in a mild state of ketosis, which meant less hunger signals, so I ate less in general. I never grew up on juice or soda. I was and am a tea drinker with no sugar or milk added, so that's zero calories too. And deep fried food was a rare occasion, maybe once a month? We usually ate homecooked meals, using little oil in the pan too. It shocks me how much oil people use on cooking shows. It's so fascinating looking back and seeing how all these preferences ended up to keeping a caloric deficit from day to day. I didn't realize it at the time of course.

In fact, in high school, I once had an argument with a classmate that I was naturally thin because of my genetics LOL. I even said I couldn't gain weight and if I tried to eat more, I'd lose more weight. I cringe at myself, ugh. I didn't know any better. I only learned about calories in college. The thing is, most people don't know how calories work or how weight is something people have absolute control over. They don't see food as calories, just things that taste good. And for some people like me, the things that taste good happen to have less calories so even though we think we can't gain weight, it's just that our habits make it so we don't gain weight.

Back then, I would eat two pounds of fish and chips my dad would fry and probably have like a 2000 calorie intake for that day. But my sedentary TDEE was 1200 calories, so my caloric surplus was only 800 calories. And eating 1000 calories each day, within four days, I would've lost all the weight I would've gained from that massive caloric intake day, so I was never higher than a BMI 16 even when I had no idea what on earth I was doing.

Nowadays, I use calories to exercise control over my life and I assure you that the law of 3500 calories equalling one pound of real weight, either lost or gained, is absolutely right. In fact, that's why I'm able to manage my anxiety over special events with lots of food. I know that within a week, I will have lost any weight I gained from a wedding or whatnot, even if I don't know the calories in the filet mignon with butter sauce. I know for a fact that even if what I ate was 4000 calories, within a week, I'll be back where I started. That logic of calories brings me so much peace and mental stability despite everything else wrong in my head. :D

u/pipocaQuemada · 18 pointsr/changemyview

> at 250% of your intake you could be putting yourself at a much higher risk for developing prostate cancer

[citation needed]

250% of the RDA of B12 is only about 7 micro grams.

Looking on Amazon, some of the B12 pills go up to 5000 micro grams.

Did that study show anything about the tiny amounts in Red Bull, or is just a bad idea to take a B12 pill?

u/vanillabean2492 · 18 pointsr/vegan

It can take up to 5 years for your B12 reserves to become depleted, but it's really bad if they do become depleated.

Here's an Amazon link to the one I buy. $15 for 180 tablets.

u/Chandra_Nalaar · 15 pointsr/vegan

Seriously on the B12. I make an effort to eat a very balanced diet, hitting all the greens, beans, and grains. I was incredibly sluggish starting a couple weeks after I switched to a veg diet. I went to the doc, got a blood test, turned out I was super balanced except I was short on B12. I was likely low on it before I went completely veg because I only ate meat 2x/week at most before that. A B12 deficiency doesn't usually hit someone so quickly. B12 is the only thing that's nearly impossible to get outside of eating meat. I started taking this B12 supplement and for the first few days it seriously felt like I was on amphetamines because I was so low on B12. Now I'm back to normal, and it feels good.

u/cratanoia · 12 pointsr/vegan

Supplement for a week and get your b12 levels checked again. Just to check in case there is a problem with you being able to actually absorb b12.

I take this supplement daily and defo recommend it;

Best of luck, i'm sure you'll be fine just make sure you supplement.

u/dreiter · 12 pointsr/ScientificNutrition

Chris Masterjohn has a comprehensive guide for dealing with the various MTHFR polymorphisms and the dietary factors you can focus on.

For a supplement, I recommend Jarrow B12/Folate/P5P.

u/darkpenguin22 · 10 pointsr/Nootropics

It's actually an incredibly good read, but if you want a tl;dr, this is probably the easiest approach:

u/sockrocker · 8 pointsr/Nootropics

If that wasn't just a panic attack, it's probably because you took A LOT of methylB12 (5mg) and methyl folate (800 mcg).

I like the B-Right B-Complex from Jarrow. According to the nutrition label it has:

  • 100mcg of methylB12, which is already 1,670% of DV
  • 400mcg folate, which is 100% of DV

    Now, Daily Value isn't necessarily the threshold, but you took 50 times the amount of methylB12 as is in that supplement, which is 83,500% of your Daily Value.
u/skynsea · 8 pointsr/vegan

Welcome! The peace of mind and heart that goes along with it is a wonderful feeling. Let us know if we can help you in any way!

Our favorites from TJs:

Nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (I buy all 3 - raw, roasted and unsalted, roasted and salted), marinated vegetables, grilled artichokes in oil, hearts of palm, firm tofu (we buy 8 at a time!), sourdough bread, pumpernickel bread, peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower oil, arugula (if whole foods doesn't have it, I get most of my produce from aldi and whole foods), cashew yogurt, animal crackers, fried rice, japanese fried rice, black bean & corn enchiladas, multigrain crackers, rice crackers (I try to stay away from buying too many junky carbs but sometimes the kids come with lol and sometimes we'll get the soy ice cream), popcorn kernels, umami mushroom seasoning...there are quite a few other vegan things.

My friend loves the soy creamer (I just use unsweetened almond milk in my coffee).

Consider taking a b12 Methylcobalamin sublingual. You don't need a huge amount a day unless you're very low.

If you haven't watched any Earthling Ed, he is our favorite right now to watch. Also Humane Hancock

Feel free to message me anytime :D

u/PPUni · 7 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

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u/nice_t_shirt · 6 pointsr/vegan

That's nuts, are all kombuchas like that? I was surprised to see this jarrow b12 I've used has 83,330% the RDA.

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/vegan

In other words, there's a universal narrative that vegetables are icky so I'ma just eat potato chips all day and say being vegan is hard. Although the vegan B12 deficiency is true, especially for raw foodists, it is spurious to say that one deficiency overrides the gamut of health problems associated with animal products. Especially since bacteria produce B12, so it is super easy to find a vegan supplement for it, and fairly cheap.

u/Delysid52 · 6 pointsr/vegan

Sounds like this person lacks intrinsic factor. The only way to GET b12 with someone who has pernicious anemia is by INJECTIONS. Not rectal injections just has to be intramuscular.

These are all notes from my hematology class.
Total body content of b12 is 5 mg.
minimal daily requirement is 1-3 MICROGRAMS.
The avg daily diet in western countries supplies 5-30 ug, of which 1-5 is absorbed.

This is the kind I take, and my b12 was nearly over the reference range even after a month of not taking it.

u/Liquidska · 6 pointsr/news

That sounds like a B12 deficeny. Your brain literally does not function correctly without it. Good news is that supplements are super cheap. Honestly even meat eaters should be taking B12, don't fuck around with your brain.

u/coffeesurprise · 6 pointsr/thebachelor

I second that Sugar Bear Hair is garbage. All you get is extra sugar in your diet. I noticed my nails were nicer, but that's it.

Just get a bottle each of B-7 and B-3 vitamins and take those regularly. Those are what strengthen hair and nails, but without the big price tag and extra sugar.

u/bahnessa28 · 5 pointsr/PCOS

Hi there! I don't have insurance either at the moment and have had periods over they years with no insurance. I would start looking into a low carb diet like keto, this can help with your blood sugar and loose weight. I just started taking DCI for about 4 weeks, and got my first period in 10 months. I take two a day in the morning, along with coconut oil pills, vitamin D3 and magnesium. I recently purchased Ovasitol to try the mixture of both myo and d-chiro inositol. I've seen a lot of girls on here who use this brand. I've now been researching berberine which is supposed to have equivalent effects as metformin. Hope this helps!

u/anonymoosepanda · 5 pointsr/PCOS

Not op but I did a very similar regimene.

I discovered inositol when I went on a journey to attack my pcos holistically. No doctor ever mentioned it even though there are plenty of studies. Oddly.

I did not take folic acid. I eat lots of legumes which are naturally high in folate though.

It works very well with all my meds/supplements (I take metformin).

My drive is better than ever. I feel more womanly knowing I have a healthy reproductive system. I'm also not on hormonal bc. I used the FAM method. Which is just as effective (seriously look it up). The book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" explains it very well.

I used a cheaper treatment than Ovasitol or pregnitide. Bought a tub of myo and capsules of d chiro.
1 teaspoon 2,400 mg of this:

And 1 capsule of this :

I wanted to mimic the product ratios of Ovasitol. Which was developed and researched to help PCOS women get pregnant.

u/Hellobooboocat · 5 pointsr/fasting

jarrow, thorne, source naturals are all very good. NOW is decent. I try other brands on occasion based on amazon reviews and my own research of ingredients.

your vitamin c should be food-based, not ascorbic acid. good vitamin c isn't cheap, but it's worth it. ascorbic acid is nasty stuff.

I like


u/Sp00kyW0mb · 5 pointsr/TryingForABaby


I’ve been on 50,000IU/weekly + prenatal with Vitamin D since cycle 6; 500 mg of Vitamin C since cycle 7; and a B-complex since cycle 10. Here are my stats!

Cycles 10-12: 13 days • Cycle 9: 12 days • Cycle 8: 11 days* (NSAID cycle) • Cycle 7: 13 days • Cycles 1-6: 12 days.

Edit: 5DPO cramps are pretty common and don’t always mean your period is coming immediately. An LP that short would be something that would probably require a doctor’s intervention rather than OTC supplementation to address.

u/vectorlit · 5 pointsr/vegan

Regarding your question about helping the environment: <-- Go here and put in "1 year" into the calculator. Just one year, you're saving almost half a million gallons of fresh water, 15 THOUSAND pounds of grain, 11 THOUSAND square feet of forest and 7 THOUSAND pounds of carbon dioxide (compared to a typical animal-including diet). The calculator is supported by sources. Just by changing a few minor things about your lifestyle, you can have an incredibly drastic impact on the world.


TL;DR regarding expense and difficulty - if you live in a very rural area in the USA, it can take some difficulty to find a good source of cheap bulk beans / lentils / vegetables / bulk (by weight) dried veggies. But they're sooooooo cheap; normally you can eat for $1-2 a day, plus B12 vitamin expenses ($5 a month).


Longer explanation regarding expensive/difficult: Expense is very low; I pay much less now for food than before going vegan. Difficulty may vary depending on where you live. I happen to live in Denver, and it's very easy for me to find pretty much any substitute/vegetable I want. If you cook your own meals, there's really nothing different about cooking vegan - just use vegetable oil/avocado oil instead of butter, and buy veggies instead of meat. That's about it. Just make sure you eat a lot of beans or lentils or tofu.


When I first became vegan, I was hit with the reality of vitamin/protein differences - I needed to purchase some vitamin supplements. Here's the list I have:

  • Vitamin B12 (vegan source) - $5 a month -
  • Protein Powder - $22 a month -


    These two made a big difference in my life. About 3 months after going vegan I started having some troubles related to protein (I work out a lot and my body wasn't used to the lower intake). I try to hit about 90g of protein a day (I am a reasonably athletic 6' male). I think a lot of vegans downplay the issues involved with protein - it's the source of a TON of jokes in the vegan community - but the truth is a lot of vegans simply don't get enough protein. And then they fall back into eating meat because they didn't know better. Which is really pretty silly because it's incredibly easy to supplement if you can't get it in your diet.


    Other than what I've mentioned above, here's some things to consider (this list is HEAVILY biased towards a lazy, no-cook approach. If you have any cooking skill, just cook your own veggie meals, they're awesome, cheaper and fresher than anything listed below, but this is for the lazy days):

  • If you like cheese, vegan cheese substitutes cost about the same as dairy cheese
  • If you like milk, vegan milk (ANY type) is typically cheaper, better for you, and better for the environment than dairy milk
  • Most oils, spices, salts, flavorings - are already vegan. There's no real change needed here. Butter costs more than vegetable oil anyway.
  • Most BBQ sauce, buffalo sauce, spicy sauce, etc - all vegan generally.
  • Most chips and junk food is already vegan. Except for the "flavored" sour cream/cheese type chips.
  • If you like easy food/frozen food, Target sells a whole boatload of vegan microwave stuff (Gardein and others). "Chicken" nuggets, Fried "fish" sticks, "Chicken" wings, etc. Even Ben & Jerry's has a bunch of dairy-free vegan ice cream.
  • Speaking of dessert, vegan desserts are cheaper and easier to make (and safer!! you can lick the spoon - no eggs!). And they taste way better.
  • If you like burgers/hot dogs, check out Beyond the Meat. It's now cheaper than beef and is freaking amazing. They even sell it at Target now.
  • Most bread is already vegan (just check the label). Vegan bread is generally cheaper than non-vegan.
  • Most cereal is already vegan (just check the label).
  • Most restaurants in the US charge less for veggie-based items. Although it is VERY true that you'll have a much more restricted menu choice.
  • Fries are generally vegan, except for a few places (McDonalds, Buffalo Wild Wings, Smash Burger are the only ones around here that don't have vegan fries)


    Finally, there are a few things I'd like to point out in MY PERSONAL OPINION that might turn you "off" of vegan foods if you try them off the bat (a lot of people buy terrible choices and then say "vegan alternatives are bad". No, they are just poor choices lol)

  • Avoid buying Daiya products if you want a realistic cheese/dairy alternative. They are the lowest common denominator. They are readily available everywhere for cheap, but they don't taste very good. Try to find Miyoko's or Follow Your Heart instead.
  • Some substitute items are coconut based, or cashew based, or oat based, or whatever-based. There is a reason that 50 alternatives exist. Some people like some, some people like others. You know how you go to the store, and there are 50 different BBQ sauces, and the ONE you like is sold out, and you're super bummed? Yeah, same thing for vegan items - brand differences, tastes, and preferences exist - just because it's vegan doesn't mean it's any different than other products. Too many people say "vegan food" when really that lump-category doesn't exist.


    The best advice I can give is to JUST TRY IT. Just go a few days making vegan food. You don't need to say "I'M GOING VEGAN", you don't need to have some public moment - you can just privately try it out. It's pretty fun!
u/forkingresponsibly · 5 pointsr/vegan

For B12, I pop one of these every few days. I've never heard of it being affected by alcohol/marijuana use. It might also do you some good to also take a vegan vitamin D supplement, since most people are deficient anyways.

The nausea is not likely to be related to any specific nutrient deficiencies (a B12 deficiency usually takes years to manifest in any noticeable symptoms), but it is very possible that since you're probably eating different foods now than you did as an omni your stomach hasn't quite adjusted yet.

I'd highly recommend this book as a guide for healthy long term vegan nutrition. It's full of reliable science and teaches you how to be healthy as a vegan as opposed to some resources that try to convince people that a vegan diet is a silver bullet for anything and everything.

At this point, your blood results will be more likely to reflect your previous diet than they are your new vegan diet, so anything you see next Tuesday don't go 'OMG veganism is making me anemic/deficient/etc' based on those results. Also if you do have any deficiencies there are vegan solutions for all of them, so feel free to come on back and ask for more advice :]

u/TwilitWave · 5 pointsr/vegan

Well geepers, you gotta at least be gettin' your B12's.

Get these:

And start takin' one a day until it's out, then you'll probably be back to normal levels. Afterwards find and take 250mcg ones every day, or 2500mcg ones once a week.

In addition, you should probably pick up some of these:
and these: (Unless you get out in the sun often)

u/medaox · 5 pointsr/femalehairadvice

I'm in the same position as you! My hair used to take fore.ever to grow out. I've been using Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Biotin (Even the gummies work!) and i've noticed it's growing so freaking fast. I dyed my hair exactly one month ago and I already need to get it touched up. I also take a gummy multivitamin (I still think i'm a kid, don't judge me) Let me dig around for some pictures from a few months ago when I started taking them and i'll post them soon.

edit Here are the pics. Sorry for the crazy faces :)

u/nope_nic_tesla · 5 pointsr/vegetarian

It is pretty common for people to transition. Personally I started out committing to "meatless Mondays", which after a month or two turned into only eating meat when going out, which then turned into fully vegetarian and later vegan.

I found having this transition period was really helpful to me because it allowed me time to learn new foods that I genuinely liked and combine them in healthy ways. It didn't feel like I was making much of a sacrifice, and I actually looked forward to trying new recipes and figuring out ways to tweak and improve upon the ones that I liked. I think this is important for a lot of people, because some folks get burned out eating a bunch of bad foods that they don't enjoy and don't leave them feeling good.

As far as nutrition, you'll want to make sure you are eating plenty of whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts and seeds to get protein, healthy fats, fiber and micronutrients like iron. And lots of fruits and vegetables! Dr. Greger's daily dozen is a great rule of thumb to go by.

The only nutrient that you get from animal products that you can't get from plants is vitamin B12. Personally I take these twice a week. Some people also find it difficult to get enough iron. You might want to track your nutrition with a service like Cronometer or an app like MyFitnessPal.

A few random pieces of general advice:

  • You will probably have to fart a lot at first and might get some stomach cramps from your increased fiber intake (especially if you start eating a lot more beans, lentils etc -- which you should). This is normal and will subside over time as your gut bacteria adapt to a more plant-based diet. Most people in Western societies eat fiber deficient diets so this is a good thing once your body adapts!

  • You will probably have your diet questioned by friends, family, colleagues/peers, and even random people, and probably many times. You don't have to discuss or justify your reasons if you don't want to. You can just say something as simple as "I feel better this way".

  • As far as meat substitute products go: Gardein brand has the best chik'n nuggets (I like most of their products tbh), Field Roast has the best hot dogs, Tofurky sandwich slices and sausages are pretty good too. Most brands of veggie protein crumbles (like ground beef) are interchangeable for recipes like chili or spaghetti sauce so I buy whatever is cheapest. If you have a Trader Joe's, their soyrizo is incredible for tacos, burritos, and dips.

  • Finally, if you find yourself sliding back into old lifestyle habits, don't take that as a sign that you can't commit to this and give up. Be proud of the progress you've made, and keep moving forward!
u/drinkonlyscotch · 5 pointsr/nutrition

A few thoughts:

  1. My first guess would be that you're not getting enough B12 – the one thing you inarguably need to take as a supplement as a vegan. I would recommend a spray. Take 2–3 sprays for a few days and see what happens. (A single spray will do once you're feeling better.) I would also recommend D3 if you're feeling lethargic.
  2. As someone who spent years losing weight, "1500–2000" sounds like a large range, 500 calories is the difference between losing a pound a week and maintaining...or maintaining and gaining a pound a week. I would recommend keeping a food log for a week. Write down what you ate, and include calories and macros. My Fitness Pal or LoseIt would make this easier.
  3. I would question whether a Pritkin-style vegan diet would get enough protein and fat without a few modifications. Are you eating lots of beans, lentils, tempeh, or tofu? Beans and lentils are my go-to, with so much protein and fiber (an uncommon combination). I love tofu, and it's an almost essential ingredient, but I prefer to stick with the whole legumes when possible. And yeah, I would try eating avocado on whole wheat as breakfast for a few days, or have a single handful of raw, unsalted cashews at some point each day.
u/HchrisH · 4 pointsr/vegan

r/veganfitness can probably help you better than I can, but as a starter:

u/Pooptronics · 4 pointsr/PCOS

I use the inositol powder here. It's about 1/10th the sweetness of sugar (being a sugar alcohol), so it isn't nasty at all. I put it in my coffee in the morning.

As far as effects go, I have begun having a regular "spotting" every month. After I went from BCP to IUD, my periods disappeared. I seem to feel a little better.

I'm going to harp on you now about your diet. I'm 36, highly, highly active (I work in a professional kitchen, hobbies include rock climbing, trail running, and mountaineering) and have been diagnosed pre-diabetic. "Pre" diabetic is just fancy talk from the doc for, "you have Type 2 diabetes, but I need to spend my time with people whose limbs are rotting off." Getting your diet together is going to be the single most important thing you can do, and I promise (PROMISE!) you'll feel so much better when you do. Eat at regular intervals, avoid simple carbs. That will help you avoid hypoglycemia, which it sounds like you are doing. For insulin resistant people with high activity levels, reactive hypoglycemia is a Thing.

You say you get very thirsty, have to pee a lot, and you are hungry and hangry often. Please get checked for diabetes. It's Serious Shit. Inositol alone isn't going to control it, you have to (HAVE TO) clean up your diet, and some folks will have to have other pharmacological interventions. Personally, I'm just staving off the needles for as long as I can.

Good luck, this disease sucks ass.

u/team_pancakes · 4 pointsr/Supplements
u/coreygo · 4 pointsr/depressionregimens


I use this particular combination of Jarrow supplements (some others not listed as well):

u/SomeonePrivate · 4 pointsr/vegan
u/arcticpuppet · 4 pointsr/artc

Unfortunately not really, unless you get fortified foods. I just make sure to take a B-12 supplement (this one) and sometimes use nutritional yeast when I remember to buy it.

u/GraphCat · 4 pointsr/PlantBasedDiet

I take one of these every other day, and that covers my requirements afaik.

u/zolartan · 4 pointsr/todayilearned

> You can always take vitamins and supplements but honestly why bother when you can just eat?

Because it causes suffering and death to sentient beings.

Animal agriculture has also a huge environmental negative impact.

Taking a 6 cent B12 pill each day seems to be a more than reasonable price to pay to reduce the suffering and environmental damage one causes.

u/opinionrabbit · 4 pointsr/vegan

I understand. There are B12 lozenges that dissolve in the mouth. The B12 is absorbed mostly sublingual and not only in the intestines. Hope that helps.

u/fatloui · 4 pointsr/hockey

I started taking this stuff a few months back to stop my hair from falling out (it seems to be working, used to have to clean out the shower drain frequently because of all the hair now there is none in there or on the towel when I dry off :D ) and it makes my nails grow like crazy. Have to cut 'em twice a week now when I maybe cut them once to twice a month before.

u/halcyonights · 4 pointsr/BeautyGuruChatter

Not being approved by the FDA doesn't really mean much, you can look at the back of pretty much anything in the supplements aisle and it'll have a little note saying "these statements have not been approved by the food and drug administration"

edit: here's an example of a major brand all grocery stores carry with the same warning label, 2nd image

u/before-the-fall · 4 pointsr/vegan

Hey there, awesome!!

I have some spirulina powder that I occasionally put in a smoothie or something, but I don't use it that often.

I have some advice that I wrote up for a guy asking for tips on being vegan yesterday, hope it's ok if I copy and paste:


Some of my tips:

  1. Spend as much time in vegan online communities as you can. You learn a lot about nutrition, how to handle questions from non-vegans, tips on cooking, humor, commiseration, and other very important things. I prefer this very reddit sub r/vegan, but some people join facebook groups as well. Check out facebook or to find other vegans in your area. I dig the facebook group ‘what broke vegans eat’ for meal ideas on the cheap.

  2. Use it's a free website that lets you track your food and it shows you how much of each macro and micronutrient you're getting. It's based on your height and weight, it calculates your RDI (recommended dietary intake) from that, and most foods are pre-loaded with nutrition info, though you can enter new ones that aren't found- you just need the nutrition facts section from the box. It really helps to know what your RDI are, even if you don't feel like using cronometer, though I suggest using it for the first 4 weeks of being vegan- honestly, lots of new vegans simply don't eat enough calories. I still use it, have been off and on since being vegan, almost 12 months ago.

  3. Along the same line, if you don't really want to use cronometer, at least look up your RDI here. It helps to know your targets for calories, protein, etc. It is also a helpful aid when non-vegans give you shit about protein, you can ask them, "How much protein do you need in a day, in grams?" They won't have a clue most of the time.

  4. One last nutrition tip: You'll probably want to start taking a B12 vitamin. There are tons of vegan B12 vitamins on the market, in pills, sprays, etc. It's the one nutrient that doctors agree on is not available on a vegan plant-based diet (although it’s actually from bacteria, and lots of livestock are given B12 shots anyway). I started off with one I got at Whole Foods, by Garden of Life which is a mouth spray and I also bought a D3 one while I was there because I had read somewhere that it was a good idea. They last a long time, I still have them. But I recently decided that I didn’t need to prove that I needed very few supplements just because I was vegan (which is true), but I don’t always eat a perfectly balanced meal 3 times a day, so I grabbed a vegan multivitamin and take that now.

  5. Recommended reading: The China Study by Dr. Colin Campbell, How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.

  6. Recommended viewing: Dr. Michael Greger's videos, especially this one. This one is a long one, but extremely worth it and a good preview of what you’ll learn when you read his book, How Not to Die. But his nonprofit website has tons of amazing videos on youtube. There is a short version of the first one I linked but I can’t find it right now. Anyone want to help me out? Dr. Melanie Joy's video on the psychology of eating meat. This one in particular will make you feel a lot better about how you’ve been able to think you’re a good, compassionate person and still eat meat. Seriously, it’s 14 minutes, give it a watch! Good documentaries: Cowspiracy (on Netflix- environmental impact of eating meat), Veducated and Forks Over Knives (both on Netflix- health aspects of veganism), and most people suggest Earthlings for the ethical/moral aspects. I… would only recommend this when you’re craving meat. I also highly recommend this Gary Yourofsky vid though some vegans find his attitude distasteful and off-putting. Hell, I think it’s an excellent video.

  7. You might want to look into joining the Veganuary campaign, it's going on right now and has access to lots of helpful info/resources, as well as daily emails of support if you want them. Another helpful website is as they have tips, recipes, free guides, meal plans, etc.

  8. You will possibly experience some extra gas during the first two weeks of eating more fiber and beans, but that’ll ameliorate itself soon as your gut flora change. Also, you will probably crave cheese more than anything else. Some good vegan cheeses: Daiya Cheezy Mac which I get at Kroger in the ‘health food’ section, Follow Your Heart Mozzarella shreds, and Chao slices by Field Roast (both of which I get at Whole Foods or the local co-op. Beware that ‘Go Veggie’ is apparently not really a vegan cheese.

  9. Get yourself a pinterest account if you wish to find lots of awesome vegan recipes, but if you don’t feel like searching through a ton, I recommend the following websites: Minimalist Baker , Reddit r/VeganFood , r/VeganFoodPorn, r/ShittyVeganFoodPorn, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken , Where You Get Your Protein , and The Edgy Veg .

  10. Check out Happy Cow to find vegan restaurants in different cities. There’s also an app. And if you want to order, you can easily get vegan food at pizza places , taco bell , and other fast food restaurant chains.

u/CatTurnedBlue · 4 pointsr/vegan

I recommend B12 in general, but this is the one I use personally.

Edit: I've had bloodwork done since I started using it and my B12 is normal.

u/KeepTryingLuv · 4 pointsr/TryingForABaby

I read "It starts with the egg" and their info on supplements.

So I'm taking Jarrow Formula:

"B12 & Folate" and Ubiquinol 200 mg plus prenatals.


u/HiyaGeorgie · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

I've used nature's bounty version of liquid b complex on amazon which didn't do a lot, (and contained cyanocobalamin which may be good to avoid) then I tried jarrows lozenges (sublingual tabs) which worked pretty good, then I saw Jarrows even stronger 5000mcg version of it which works extremely well. It gives me energy and even stimulates appetite which I used to get when I would get b12 injections. They are delicious too. No shortage of reviews on amazon either.

I think that a lot of people swallow lozenges like they are capsules. They are meant to be held under your tongue for optimal absorption. This may be obvious to most people in the nootropics community, but not everyone which is why I mention it.

u/areBen · 3 pointsr/CrohnsDisease
  • Methyl B12
  • 5K IU D3,
  • Fish Oil,
  • Japanese Probiotic (See the reviews & Google it. It is poorly translated on Amazon),
  • 'complete' multivitamin (Fe),
  • as needed MM w/ CBDs of >1.25mg (>2.0mg pref) per g of cannabis (legality depends on your local laws. strain e.g.: 1, 2).
u/mariabutterfly · 3 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL
u/mr_bacon_pants · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Fucking lowlives. Sorry your mom got scammed. These are just general supplements that won't really do anything compared to a healthy diet. I wouldn't recommend buying them all. Maybe a multivitamin and fish oil, or a b-vitamin if she doesn't eat meat. Otherwise, they're likely a waste of money.

Here are some supplements I've taken that look like basically the same thing, though I don't see Amway's nutritional facts (with the list of ingredients) so I just have to go by the marketing nonsense on their site to guess at what all is in each.

Also, /r/supplements is great for questions like this.

  1. just looks like a multivitamin
  2. a superfood powder
  3. cal-mag + d
  4. fish oil
  5. digestive enzyme
  6. b vitamins
  7. vitamin c complex
  8. green tea
  9. green tea with coenzyme q10. not sure about a supplement for that
  10. probiotics
  11. chondroitin, glucosamine, boswellia, and hyaluronic acid complex. you can find supplements and creams with these ingredients.
u/exposure_therapy · 3 pointsr/CrohnsDisease

I'm in a similar situation - UC since 2000, had a flareup last fall, and never fully recovered my energy even though the flareup was controlled. Even though my bowel movements went back to normal, I was sleeping 12+ hours per night, and randomly falling asleep on the couch in the afternoon - and I was disoriented whenever my SO tried to wake me up.

Over the past few months, I've tried everything. I've been back and forth to my GI and primary care doctor, and also met with a rheumatologist, sleep medicine doctor, and a dietician. I was even sent for a sleep study, because they were worried that I might have narcolepsy (I don't)!

Of everything that I tried, these are the things that worked. I made each change one at a time, and each one improved my energy a little bit. I now feel almost completely back to normal:

  1. Increased my Humira dose from every two weeks to every week. The theory was that I still had some residual inflammation making me fatigued, even though my other symptoms were gone. This improved my bowel symptoms more than I thought they could possibly be improved, so I guess there was some truth to that.

  2. Cut back on my caffeine intake. I realized that I was trapped in a cycle of feeling exhausted, drinking more coffee, having restless sleep (even though I was sleeping the day away!), and feeling more exhausted. I stopped drinking coffee, which was incredibly rough at first - but I think I'm sleeping better now. I only allow myself one cup of black tea in the morning.

  3. Re-read the side-effect profile for all of my medications, to see if anything I was taking could be causing drowsiness. I had been on an antihistamine nasal spray for years, and didn't think it was bothering me - but when I asked my allergy doctor about it, he said that drowsiness was a "very rare" side effect, and maybe I was more prone to it because of my underlying UC-related fatigue. He switched me to a steroid spray instead, and my drowsiness is gone - no more falling asleep on the couch! The fatigue remains, but it's more manageable now because I can now force myself to stay awake, even though I feel like crap!

  4. Started taking a B12 supplement (this is in addition to my daily multivitamin). I bought the type that contains methylcobalamin, which is the easiest-to-absorb form of B12. It's a cherry-flavored lozenge that you dissolve under your tongue. However, if you have CD in your ileum, it might be physically impossible for you to absorb enough B12. Ask your doctor about B12 injections!

  5. Increased my Vitamin D dose to 3000 IU/day (this is also in addition to my daily multivitamin). A few years ago (in a period of remission), I was extremely fatigued, and having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. I was diagnosed with a vitamin D insufficiency - my blood level was 24ng/ml. I started taking supplements (2000 IU/day), and when the level got up to 56ng/ml, I felt awesome! I decided to stay at that dose indefinitely. With this last flareup, my vitamin D level dropped back down to 41, despite no change in my supplements. I'm now slowly increasing my dose, and my doctor is sending me for blood work periodically to make sure I stay in a healthy range (currently at 3000 IU, and might increase to 4000 IU after my next blood test).

    For some background on the vitamin D dosing:

    A lot of researchers are now suggesting that the currently accepted "normal" range for blood tests is too low, and actually represents the minimum level we should aim for - and that the current recommendations for dietary intake are too low to even get us to that minimum! There's also a link between vitamin D deficiency and IBD, though there's no definitive answer as to which comes first (there's a brief discussion, with a few citations, here.

    From what I've read, and what I've discussed with my GI and primary care doctor, it's a good idea to increase to whatever dose you need to get your blood levels between 50 and 100ng/ml - there are some tips here for how to do so. (Although the dosages might seem high, they're safe - many doctors prescribe 50,000 IU per week for patients with severe deficiencies!)
u/seaeweed · 3 pointsr/vegan

Here's the recommendations for B12 for a normal person.

> Eat two servings per day of foods fortified with at least 2 to 3.5 mcg of vitamin B12 each. You’ll need to eat these servings at least 4 hours apart to allow for optimal absorption.
Take a daily supplement providing 25 to 100 mcg of vitamin B12
Take a supplement providing 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12 twice per week. This is for cyanocobalamin.

> For those who prefer to take methylcobalamin, it’s likely that 1,500 mcg per day would meet needs. But again, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations about this.

Some brands: Deva, Doctor's Best, Now Foods have good reviews.

Methyl and Cyano are different forms of B12 and both are fine. Vegans use both; for which one is better, I have no idea. They have slightly different dosage recommendations. BUT since you're low, I would take any of the brands I listed daily. Go again in 3 months to see if your levels have changed. I get B12 from a 1000mcg cyanocobalamin 3/week, and eat fortified foods like nutritional yeast and soy milk.

u/arudolph · 3 pointsr/WTF

The AMA is fine with a vegan diet through all stages of life, including pregnancy and early childhood (there are citations at

B12 can be produced without the involvement of animals (via bacterial synthesis) (

But to each his/her own.

u/notzak · 3 pointsr/vegan

Most grocery stores will carry it (make sure it doesn't have a gelatin capsule!) I order 180 tablets at a time from amazon for ~$15 which I take every other day, so it lasts quite a while!

u/minerva_qw · 3 pointsr/vegan

Sounds like you need some more meals in your repetoire. What did you eat before?

While I'm waiting for your response, here are some of my favorite easy dishes. Some of them lend themselves to cooking in bulk. I find it very convenient to make large batches and then freeze leftovers in individual portions so I can just grab and reheat them.

  • Oatmeal: Follow the directions on the package, flavor with jam, cinnamon and sugar, maple syrup, frozen fruit, peanut butter, or whatever else you like.

  • Tofu scramble: tofu crumbled up around in a pan with onions, garlic, and the veggies of your choice.

  • Microwaved potato or sweet potato: wash, poke holes in it with a fork, microwave on high for 5 minutes and then turn over and repeat until soft

  • Pasta salad: Cooked pasta with tomato, onion and cucumber, salt, pepper and a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice.

  • One pot lentil dish: Sautee onions and garlic in a pot (add other veggies too if you like). stir in one cup lentils and one cup rice, add 4 cups liquid (vegetable stock or water) bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, taste and season as needed.

  • Black bean tacos: Sautee onions and garlic in a pot until tender. Add canned black beans with liquid. Simmer until creamy, flavor with salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste. Serve on tortillas with toppings of your choice (I like sauteed squash, spinach and hot sauce).

  • Peanut noodles: Cook some rice noodles. Make a peanut sauce with peanut butter, sesame oil, salt, and lime juice. Throw in some tofu and green onions if you like, serve with sriracha.

  • Pizza: Order pizza without cheese. Add avocado and hot sauce. Or hummus. Yum!

  • Roasted eggplant sandwiches: Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash an eggplant, brush with olive oil, and wrap in foil. Bake the eggplant until the center collapses. Scoop out the insides (carefully, it's hot), season with salt and pepper, and serve on a nice bread with some greens.

  • Creamy soups: I do this with all kinds of veggies, but the basic template is to sautee onions, garlic and my veggie of choice (I've used celery, mushrooms, leeks, broccoli, kale). Once they're tender, add clean quartered potatoes, cover with liquid (vegetable broth or water with bouillon cubes), bring to a boil, then simmer 20 minutes or so. Blend with an immersion blender or food processor, season to taste.

    The recipes above are very brief overviews, I can go into more detail on any of them if you're interested. And if you'll mention what your previous favorite meals are, maybe we can suggest similar recipes. If eating out is a problem, I can make some suggestions there too.

    If you don't have one already, get a vegan B12 supplement. It's essential. This is my favorite brand.
u/TheSn00zer · 3 pointsr/vegetarian

Eggs, yogurt, and milk have B12.

There are also B12 suppliments for vegans/vegetarians who don't eat those things.

u/rundmcc · 3 pointsr/vegan

I take one Deva sublingual B12 every month. My B12 was at the top of the normal range when I got my blood tested this year.

u/jibanes · 3 pointsr/vegan
u/tofu_schmo · 3 pointsr/DebateAVegan

No, I meant what I quoted earlier that you are ignoring. What you just posted was in your opinion piece (says so in the URL) that has incorrect information. For one example:

> A vegan diet may lack vitamin B12, found only in animal foods

Here is a b12 supplement that is also vegan:

So clearly it is not only in animal foods. Again, I have no reason to trust that website whatsoever, and neither do you, if you care about facts and truth.

Again, try harder. If you make claims cite them from actual scientific sources. Preferably ones that you've actually read, so I don't have to explain to you why they aren't saying what you think they are saying.

u/cfromthe8 · 3 pointsr/vegan

Watch out for gelatin. Alot of pills got dat to. I order my b12 off Amazon. Deva Vegan Vitamin B-12 Fast Dissolve Lozenges 90 Tablets (2 Pack) (super cheap for a total of 180 pills)

u/Nascent1 · 3 pointsr/vegetarian

Just going to tack this on in case anybody doesn't know. B12 deficiencies can be very serious. It can lead to permanent damage and is hard to diagnose since it causes a myriad of issues, especially psychological problems. You can go blind and even die from it.

Pretty much every vegan and vegetarian should be taking B12. I like these personally.

u/juiceguy · 3 pointsr/vegan

Deva B-12. 8 cents a day.

u/greenstake · 3 pointsr/worldnews

It is a bit more expensive which is why many of the mass distributors use it instead.

Here is the cheapest one I found on Amazon. I have a bottle set to come in my S&S order:

u/elilili · 3 pointsr/curlyhair

Well...I don't really know. My hair just does that on its own most of the time. I have to put an effort in to get it to stop doing that.

>Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel

Use products for curly hair. Herbal Essences, Dove and other mainstream beauty products that market to "curly" hair are actually made for very wavy or loosely coiled hair.

Your hair loss may be from using horrible products on your hair. I know if you're using Herbal Essences, you are probably also sleeping with a cotton pillowcase, so that could be a reason also.

After you wash it, you should put in a leave in conditioner, followed by an oil and then a gel or a cream.

This my favorite detangler/conditoner if you need a product recommendation. To grow you hair back you could try a shampoo and conditioner with argan oil or black castor oil. Mane and Tail also makes a hair growth line.

Alopecia Free With Jass is a youtube channel that also might help you deal with alopecia. You could also try taking biotin.

u/narcilil · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

Try biotin. I'm not vouching for that brand, it was just this first one I clicked on. I just buy the cheapest one at the store. There's usually a generic.

u/shrinktoavoid · 3 pointsr/proED

I track my intake on cronometer so it's nice that I've been able to look what vitamins/minerals I don't get enough of... my current focus is trying to save my hair so here's my current regimin:

1st thing in the morning 1/2 a tablet of this Iron w/ vitamin C with a full glass of water. I don't eat or drink anything else until at least an hour later.

With breakfast: this multivitamin. I've found it to be the most complete in terms of what I'm usually deficit in. Its one of the only multis that I found with a good amount of zinc.

Glucosamine for my joints.

And an omega 3. I choose this one because it has a good ratio of EPA to DHA.

With lunch: another multivitamin (the serving size is 3 capsules, so I spread them throughout the day because i feel like that would be better for absorption,

vitamin E

15g collagen

With dinner: The last multivitamin, another glucosamine tablet, and another omega.

I also make sure I eat dark leafy greens each day, pay attention to my calcium, and spend time in the sunshine. Otherwise I would supplement vit k, vit d, and calcium

And all that adds 107 calories to my intake. Which is sad, but worth it.

u/Sigmund_Six · 3 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

They make vitamins for hair, skin, and nails. I do think they make a difference for me in terms of breakability. I happen to buy this brand, but there are a few different options:

u/paleotime · 3 pointsr/genetics

Good call, I'll have to run more tests.

From what I've been reading
>Folic acid needs to be avoided more seriously by homozygous individuals

>Limit ingestion of folic acid in fortified foods as you cannot process folic acid well.

>Limit or cease taking supplements or drugs with folic acid in them. Talk with your doctor before stopping.

I would want to instead look into 5-MTHF / methyl-b12 I was looking at taking a methyl-guard supplement once a day. (I threw the idea past a few nutritionists who thought maybe 1 a day wouldn't be bad.) Ideally, I'd like to get this testing done --, but, I don't really have the funds right now (I can barely afford Paleo food, haha.) Just trying to make sure I'm reading this raw data correctly.

(I don't have insurance or a primary.. or sweet geneticist cash. I do have 40 bucks for some methyl-guard that comes right out of the grass-fed meat fund, lol.)

I've been getting frequent migraines and was reading that extra folic acid / b vitamins were possibly able to help with that. In looking to eat more, I noticed this possibly reduced enzymatic activity that would change the ideal form of supplements for my chemistry.

In reading a little more, I might play it safe and just supplement with this -- Tricky.

Edit: Did more testing. Better get to a geneticist.

u/iris1387 · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

I used to take these B12 vitamins with methylfolate. They are dissolvable, and they worked fine for me.

u/cantlikethat · 3 pointsr/keto

Re: dark circles, you’re probably lacking electrolytes and b vitamins.

I had similar problems and got some genetic testing done, which confirmed that my body cannot process hardly any b-vitamins from my diet alone, so now I have to take supplements. (Anecdotal) side effect of the b vitamin supplement was a pretty drastic reduction in the dark circles below my eyes. My doctor recommended this one at a maintenance dosage of 1/4 tablet per day. If I take too much I become VERY irritable - like what I would associate with “roid rage,” but no other negative side effects to speak of. Might be worth talking to your doctor about!

u/jdoller123 · 3 pointsr/WholeFoodsPlantBased

Garden of Life B12 Vitamin - mykind Organic Whole Food B-12 for Metabolism and Energy, Raspberry, 2oz Liquid

I use this and it’s raspberry and tastes great

u/veggiegarden · 3 pointsr/vegan

The one that I use is 8000% and it is recommended to spray daily. One of the reason's it is so high is because our bodies suck at absorbing B-12 from any source.

The 50,000% one is probably a weekly dose. I think next time I buy one I will probably do a weekly one since it's more convenient.

Even if your body absorbs more than 100% that it needs, scientific studies have not found any upper limits for B-12 or any negative effects of getting too much.

u/skwats · 3 pointsr/stopdrinking

I take L-Theanine daily. And I regularly consume kava. How can I help?

Here's some info.
L-Theanine is great for managing anxiety. I take it every morning with a cup of coffee. Gives me great focus all day. I also take it at night with Ashwagahnda (another herbal supplement). Amazing sleep from this combo. I recommend SunTheanine (high quality and great price).

Kava can be heavy on the liver so depends on how you're wanting to consume it. If you drink it in its traditional form this can be harmful longterm. It feels like Xanax, is toxic to the liver in large quantities, and can give a hangover the next day when drank recreationally. But if in micro doses in pill form you're good to supplement with it at night to aid sleep.

Let me know how else I can help.

u/thefragile7393 · 3 pointsr/Nootropics

Look for ones listed with methylated B vitamins. This one I use...I think it’s good but there could be better ones out there.

u/bogdan_on_reddit · 3 pointsr/vegan

I take "Deva Vegan B12 Fast Dissolve1000 mcg Tablets" - this is a link to them on Amazon (just a link, not some referral bullshit):

I'm not a big fan of pills but these things don't taste bad and can just dissolve in your mouth - they kind of remind me of those chalky sugar straws that kids would pretend were cigarettes from the 90's... anyway... easy to take.


>But, bro, it's liek 16,667% of your Daily Value - are you trying to get me to be kill?

B-12 is water-soluble just like Vitamin C - as long as you pee at least once per week you'll be fine. And no excess upper level yet exists for toxicity. Your body will take as much as it needs, and remove the rest through urination.

I've been taking these for almost 4 years now according to my Amazon purchase history.

u/_ana_banana_ · 3 pointsr/vegan

I take these:
DEVA Vegan Vitamins Sublingual B12 1,000 mcg Tabs, 90 ct

They dissolve under your tongue and you only have to take it once a week.

u/skyrmion · 3 pointsr/Supplements

What product do you use? I use this and I'm really not sure if the 16,000% RDI B12 is necessary.

\> I've read that TMG can be beneficial

You got reading on this?

u/ChangingDani · 2 pointsr/researchchemicals

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

>Tinnitus may be associated with vitamin B12 deficiency.


On that note, supplements I say are a MUST for using stimulants:

u/JakNoLa · 2 pointsr/kungfu

I've been practicing martial arts for 10+ years and for the past 3 years I've been vegan (for a variety of reasons). I can easily say that I've never been so powerful, lucid, energetic and fit as I am now. I do not really count calories but I am very careful about how much salt and oil I consume; usually as little as possible, although I do swig on some pickle juice when I feel like I'm a bit sodium deficient. I take a fantastic B12 supplement about once per week ( and consistently out-perform almost every single other practitioner in the gym, regardless of rank. I try not to eat before bed, cook for myself as much as possible, and eat lots of whole foods, either raw or minimally cooked.

Check out and, and feel free to pm me if you have any other questions.

u/temp4adhd · 2 pointsr/Menopause

Sorry, mcg. This is what I take. One tab at bedtime, melt it on my tongue.

u/veggiekittykelly · 2 pointsr/vegan

I take these:

It is part of the subscribe and save program which is awesome because I note how often I need them shipped (every 3 months, 4 months, etc.) and it ships them then to me automatically.

u/Empiricalbaker · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm a meat eater, and had a b12 deficiency a few years ago (neurological issues start between 300-400, and I was at 300). I did a sublinqual supplement and am now fine.

Look for liquids or sublinguals. I took (which is vegan). It is the methylated version for those that may need it, and the sublinqual absorption helps if you are low in intrinsic factor (the stuff in your stomach that digests b12).

u/hello_cello · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I do have excess hair on my chest and abdomen, but since it's only been a couple weeks, the jury is still out on whether that will change. My guess is that if it is helping lower my free T, then it'll help prevent more hair, but I'm skeptical to think it would reduce body hair altogether.

I'm using the Jarrow formula from Amazon. Just FYI - it does have a mild sweet taste, so it's best mixed with juice, tea, or another beverage. I do a 1/2 tsp morning and night - I read elsewhere that taking too much at once can cause stomach/GI upset, so I elect to split my dosage to be on the safe side since I'm usually pretty sensitive. Fortunately I haven't had any issues with it yet. I'm sure after starting you could ramp up to 4 grams (typical dose) if needed.

u/FoxesBadgers · 2 pointsr/OCD

Fellow vegan here (yay!), I have a lot of sympathy for you in this situation because my OCD gave me obsessive thoughts that I was going to harm animals too. I think it's a theme in OCD that's going to become commoner as more and more of us try out being veggie, though right now it's not very much recognized.

This is most likely just a regular episode of Harm OCD. If you're having feelings of anger and frustration, that's not unusual, OCD can be seriously frustrating.

If CBT and meds haven't worked for you so far, please don't give up. There are a LOT more options than just the basic antidepressants and one-size-fits-all CBT. Most of the research shows that when someone's CBT doesn't work the first time, it's more likely to be because the CBT was done wrongly by the therapist, because it wasn't done for long enough (average recovery time for severe OCD isn't 12 weeks, remember, it's actually 6 -18 months, because the brain heals more slowly), or because the patient had difficult stuff going on in their life that made it harder. It doesn't mean CBT and exposure therapy will never work for you. It technically works for pretty much everyone, the only difficulty is that it's emotionally hard to do. My first try at CBT was completely useless too, but it's working amazingly now that I've discovered I had an underlying health condition and I work with an OCD specialist. So please try seeking help again, preferably with somewhere that specializes in OCD ( this NY centre can see you by Skype and they're amazing, if you can break into your savings and afford it, ).

Also, there are a lot more meds you can try than just the standard SSRIs. I keep a folder of the newest scientific research on this, and there are new categories of drugs being tried for OCD that seem to be working better than the old ones that affect serotonin. There are also accounts of OCD sufferers who've had success re-trying the basic SSRIs but adding in another drug (like an antipsychotic or an NMDA-agonist) on top. I completely understand your wanting to avoid the meds if you feel they're dong nothing, but I guess I'm just saying: 'not all meds are the same'. There are old-fashioned meds that don't work that well, and there are newer ones that are sowing promise if you're willing to experiment with a psychiatrist.

One thing I would point out is that sometimes us vegan folks have to take extra care over certain brain nutrients, because if we get low in them, they can make our OCD worse, and they're sometimes found in plants that we tend not to eat much of (like, am I going to eat twenty brazil nuts a day to get extra selenium? No, I am not!). There's some evidence showing that the meds for OCD can work better if you take them with supplements:

Do check that you're getting enough B12, zinc, magnesium and omega-3s. My OCD improved a lot when I made sure I was getting these! They're available without prescription and can easily be got off amazon or ebay. Message me or ask for help around here (or the nootropics reddits) if you want to try them but you're unsure about which type to get(the omega-3s are best got from capsules derived from algae, for a vegan source).

One thing you can also try an alternative to standard meds is inositol ( ), which works similarly to an antidepressant but generally without the side-effects. It's similar to a b-vitamin, and generally a mild and harmless substance. You can take 1 or 2 teaspoons stirred into a hot drink each morning, and many people with OCD find it helps. I

u/Gaianna · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I had made myself for a long walk because I knew if I stopped moving I would just crawl into a corner and just break down.

I was still hypersensitive when I came back to my desk and took the 3 packets equaling 6 grams.

I can tell you when I take the inositols and follow Keto I have a much much greater handle on my mind.

But my anxiety is different for yours and everyone else as they are all unique cases.

You can get 180 - 2 gram packets for 78$, I used to buy bulk powder cans, but the packets are just so much easier to use and have available they are worth the cost to me.

Search the Jarrow reviews for Anxiety and you can read a lot of reviews about people using it for Anxiety, and what doses work for them.

Jarrow Formulas Inositol Powder

u/boy_bye · 2 pointsr/PCOS

Hey there, I was just diagnosed a week ago but have suspected PCOS for quite some time. I've been taking inositol powder 4g every day for only three months and it's helped me with so many of my symptoms. My horrid acne is clearing up, my happy trail is basically gone, and instead of only getting a period every other cycle I'm now at a 32-35 day cycle. I've just started eating keto again since I quit last year so I'm excited to see the effects of the inositol paired with the diet and exercise.

The inositol powder I use

You've got this!

u/pcosgirl · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I use this one

However from what I read while there are two types your body will convert one of the types to the other.

u/1happyohana · 2 pointsr/Supplements

Just go with Jarrow B-Right Works great for me.

u/dinkboi · 2 pointsr/PEDsR

Do you believe that the anabolic androgenic ratio rating (done in mice I know) could be a surrogate for non-AR mediated anabolism to AR mediated anabolism? You say that Test has equal effects through both mechanisms, which would be supported by this idea because it is 100:100.

Regarding androgen affinity of masteron you can see this full paper here.

You are correct that masteron has affinity for the androgen receptor, but interestingly it's androgenic rating is only 25-40, less than half that of testosterone. This could be suggestive that the majority of the effects are non-AR dependent. The hormone was originally intended for breast cancer patients, and I believe that it may mediate anabolic activity by acting as an antagonist at the estrogen receptor. By blocking receptor binding of estrogen, it may allow you to reap some of the anabolic effects (increased IGF-1, sodium retention) of estrogen without experiencing the femininization (sp?) properties.

Let me try to summarize the thoughts going around here, and see if I can suggest an option to address this.

  1. High SHBG may be good for uncoupling anabolic effects from androgenic ones in AAS
  2. AAS generally lower SHBG but have an overall anabolic effect
  3. Estrogen production/aromatase activity results in SHBG production^1
  4. Having androgen dominance in some tissues is good (tits, dick, brain [to a degree]) and bad in others (primarily hair).
  5. Estrogenic dominance may be good for anabolism (probably good for mitigating hairloss) and one way may be through elevated SHBG
  6. Estrogen mediated anabolism is likely most effective in insulin sensitive (low bodyfat) individuals
  7. Insulin, GH, IGF-1, androgens, and prolactin negatively regulate SHBG production
  8. So we see that the favorable anabolic products of estrogen reduce SHBG production. How then do we keep SHBG up, insulin sensitivity up, and favorable androgenic dominance in tissues where it matters.

    I am not sure I have the perfect answer, but here is how I plan to do it in my next cycle:

  9. Keep DHT levels slightly above normal levels systemically via Testosterone E (600mg/wk) + finastride (1mg inhibits 64% of DHT at scalp) I expect this to give me about as much DHT as my cruise dose (Yes I know its high) of 210mg/wk at which I don't notice any major hairloss on. The reason I plan to use a high dose of testosterone is because I believe that in combination with finastride it uncouples the androgenic (DHT) from it's anabolic effects to a degree. Maybe if the mouse studies were done on mice receiving AI + Finastride + Testosterone the anabolic:androgenic ratio might be more like 100:35, giving it a relatively more favorable anabolic to androgenic ratio than boldenone. Also if you look at the binding profile of testosterone from the paper I linked, I believe that it may have antagonistic effects at the progestagenic receptor, and I believe I am sensitive to progestrone activity.
  10. Keep Estrogen slightly elevated by using aromasin at sufficient doses to keep me slightly above range
  11. Use an anti-androgen at the scalp (RU58841)
  12. Use topical DHT cream at the nipple
  13. Include masteron E (300mg/wk) for extra nipple protection
  14. Include Bold Cyp (700mg/wk) because of it's relatively uncoupled anabolic to androgenic properties/ratio. Thought about using DHB instead, but in terms of it's grams/$ relative to bold cyp I am not sure the benefits of no 5-ar or aromatase activity would be worth it since boldenone already has very weak activity with aromatase and 5-ar. Additionally DHB and bold cyp share the same ratio, and despite bold cyp's reduced potency compared to DHB I could brew it at twice the concentration, so in the end I am pushing the same amount of oil.
  15. Include metformin to attempt to maintain insulin sensitivity on a modest caloric surplus
  16. Stick to /u/bznnnj 's recommended diet of 2:1 glucose to fructose ratio, high fiber, low fat (10-20%), appropriate protein (shooting for 1g/lb despite the common knowledge that only .85 is needed as I believe that improved nutrient partitioning and protein synthesis in enhanced users may necessitate increased protein, and even if that isn't the case the thermal effect of protein may improve my metabolism to keep the gains even leaner). This should hopefully keep that liver full and pumping insulin. Fat sources will be mainly animal derived (beef and eggs) with some almonds thrown in, veggies will be spinach and brocccoli (uncooked to maximize sulrophane content), fruits will be kiwis and oranges, carbs will be sweet potato (and basmati rice if this ends up being too much fiber [I currently tolerate around 50gs]). Thoughts behind this being that we want stable insulin and glucose and as such should stick to carb sources with low glycemic index/load and /u/bznnnj has already discussed the advantages of increased fructose. Animal fats are selected for fat soluble vitamins. Veggies, Fruits, and Starches are selected for good micronutrient ratios (high potassium low sodium) getting enough calcium iron and unsaturated fats etc.
  17. I am staying away from anything that has affinity for the progesterone receptor as I am not sure how it plays into all the previously mentioned mechanisms, and I have had poor reactions to them in the past.

    I thought I would include supplement choices since I am writing a book here anyways:

  18. nightime - melatonin , magnesium glycinate (2x docotors best), P5P (I have the MTHFR mutation so I take mainly active forms of B vitamins and usually above the RDA), Zinc, CoQ10, Garlic
  19. Morning - 10K IU Vit D (I have a vitamin D receptor mutation so I again go above the RDA), Vit K, B-complex, 2 xFish Oil, uridine
  20. In order to stabilize dopamine, because I believe I am susceptible to post-cycle depression due to increased dopamine sensitivity on cycle I: Don't partake in psychoactive substances on cycle (including coffee), and utilize the Mr. Happy Stack (crossovers from /r/nootropics will know this is Uridine + Fish oil + and Choline (get choline from my eggs)) and off cycle I use a mixture of microdosed and periodic full doses of LSD to improve my dopamine sensitivity (and to deepen spiritual connection), modafinil, and caffeine and L-theanine to help me with the androgenic comedown.

    I am on the fence about including HCG, because I was running it on a cruise for a while, but it was aggravating my pubertal gyno and when I went to get my bloodwork I found that I had above range prolactin and in range estrogen and test. I was only on AI + Test + 500IU HCG/wk administered E3D. I may include it just to improve lipid metabolism, and increase estrogenic tone, because boldenone seems to act similarly to masteron insofar as it has not well understood anti-androgen effects.

    Sorry for the manifesto.
u/Grok22 · 2 pointsr/ScientificNutrition

That supplement would be fine.

It contains:

-methylated folate
-Pyridoxal phosphate(active form of b6)

You may be able to find them all separately for less money.

Or the Jarrow B complex is commonly reccomend, and contains the B vitamins in the same form. You'd have to compare dosages though.

Jarrow Formulas B-right Complex, Supports Engery, Brain and Cardiovascular Health, 100 Veggie Caps

u/loveandmayhem · 2 pointsr/Clairvoyantreadings

Hi there, I sense your hair is thinning due to a vitamin deficiency. I sense you should take a good quality vitamin B supplement, like this one:

I also sense your body needs more calcium and vitamin D. As for the job you applied for, I sense that Ali has had a lot of applicants and is narrowing down the list as quickly as he can. It doesn't look like you've been disqualified, but he also hasn't completed the task of narrowing down the applicant list. I sense that you'll most likely hear back from him in 1.5 weeks or less.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions :) Also, please share my link: thanks :-)

u/SelfDiagnosedMulatto · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

Can't beat Jarrow B-Right

u/Teleswagz · 2 pointsr/Supplements


Doctor's Best

Both active forms of Vitamin B 9 and 12

u/throwaway500k · 2 pointsr/vegan

Ok, sure - I've listed a pretty typical day below, including supplements.


u/rubix_redux · 2 pointsr/reactiongifs

I don't know where you live, but I buy dried beans and rice and make tacos that are probably ~.20 cents each and be full AF. I buy dry soybeans and make milk at home. My grocery bill went down like crazy after I starting buying only vegan food.

Any diet can be as expensive/inexpensive as you want it to be. Also, I'm talking specifically about the vegan convenience foods in my last post. The grocery store is full of normally cheap food that happens to be vegan. Bread, grains, veggies, fruit...ect...

Poorer nations usually eat a vegetarian/plant-heavy diet due to the fact that meat/dairy is more resource heavy per calorie. If you look at traditional Ethiopian cuisine, you'll see what I mean.

As far as the nutrition, for those that are worried they can take a B12/Amino supplement which can be ordered via mail. Here is 90 weeks worth of B12 for $15. It comes down to if you want to take a supplement on its own, or pay more to get it from the animal's flesh.

There is plenty of iron/calcium in vegetables. This isn't an issue.

Look - I'm no nutritionist, but it seems like a strong hypothesis that if you eat a diet with the highest nutrient to calorie ratio, you're probably going to be in good shape. Most Americans don't eat enough fiber, but no one bats an eye at that.

I know this is anecdotal, but I know hundreds of vegans. None of them have diet-related health problems, are obese, or have deficiencies that I know of. I'm not saying that can't happen but I look at my meat eating family ravaged by health issues and I can't help but wonder. I've also never heard of anyone I know have a protein deficiency.

u/bwahhh · 2 pointsr/vegan

no not very expensive. usually <$10. The trick is to find some that are from a vegan source and don't contain gelatin. When you goto the grocery store look at their vitamin section. There is usually a small selection of vegetarian / organic vitamins. I get my local stores brand so I can't really recommend a specific vitamin. Amazon has [these.] (

Never tried them and maybe a tad expensive. Sometimes a multivitamin has a good vitamin B selection. Your doctor might be able to get you prescription vitamins as well. Depending on your insurance that might be a good deal.

u/Yofi · 2 pointsr/vegan

The way we make change with veganism is by taking our money away from people who exploit animals and by raising awareness, so if I have an accident, and if fixing it wouldn't take back the money or improve people's regard for veganism, I just forgive myself and let it go. If I dispose of the non-vegan thing instead of consuming it, it's mostly just because I feel icky about it.

I recently went vegan after being vegetarian for a few years. It was hard at first to think of what to eat, but the breakthrough that made me feel better about it was reminding myself that I can still eat whatever I'm craving in some form or another. I try to imagine exactly what I would want for dinner if I weren't even vegetarian/vegan and then I google "easy vegan ___." This has led to some great things like vegan eggs benedict (yum). You're working to help animals, so you've got to make it fun and treat yourself.

I also take a vegan multivitamin and B12 supplement so that I can eat whatever I feel like without worrying so much about whether I'm killing myself.

u/veganatheist · 2 pointsr/IAmA

As another raw foodist, let me give you guys another take on this. On a typical day, I'll start will a huge-ass smoothie (Kale, bananas, OJ, blueberries, wheat germ, water, filling a full 64oz Vitamix pitcher) that I will split up between breakfast and lunch. If I'm extra hungry, I'll eat some fruit here and there as well.

By dinner time, I'll be wanting a big salad (Big = 1 lb kale + 1 lb spinach + a large tomato + 1/2 avocado + a dressing made from tahini, garlic and lemon).

This may not seem like much, but have a look at the nutritional breakdown on Wolfram Alpha.

In the example above, I am getting 84 grams of protein, with good coverage in all the essential amino acids, sufficient Omega-3 and Omega-6 (in favorable proportions), huge amounts of most of my vitamins and minerals. My shortcomings here are vitamins D and B-12. I take a daily vegan multivitamin, a vegan D3 supplement and a B-12 supplement, just to make sure I'm not missing out on anything.

For exercise, I ride my bike an hour each way to work and back M-F. Between the food and the cycling, I stay in pretty good shape.

u/togaman5000 · 2 pointsr/vegan

I use these, they've got a slight orange flavor and dissolve pretty quickly. Take about 3 a week.

u/mx_missile_proof · 2 pointsr/vegan

I recommend this or this.

u/Biblos_Geek · 2 pointsr/MonoHearing

I am buying nerve health supplements because I am recovering from an acoustic neuroma - (and with vitamins many doctors think they do nothing - so keep that in mind) Nervestra Nerve Health Support Supplement, Alpha Lipoic Acid Vegetable Caps, Methylcobalamin (Methyl B12), 1000 mcg, Lozenges and Centrum but I am not taking anything for the ear for hearing health maintenance.

Anyone want to recommend any vitamin/herbal supplements for hearing heath maintenance?

While I am aware of medical literature that says vitamin supplements do nothing - it never made sense to me why vitamins absorbed in foods are good but via pills is bad (if the pills were of good quality and contained the ingredients they contained).

u/bunnylebowski1 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I dont know if you take any vitamins or supplements, but these b-12's are awesome! They help greatly with energy and stress relief. They're very inexpensive, sublingual so they just dissolve in your mouth for faster results, they are the superior form of b12-the methyl form so they don't have to be broken down by your body.

Also, a good quality vitamin c taken daily would also help keep the energy up and stress at bay. I would suggest a liquid form, because a lot of people don't realize that when we take vitamins in pill form, we barely absorb any of it. Vitamin C crystals or powder can be added to any drink and it gets right into the bloodstream for quick absorption.

Your caffeine intake will probably go down quite a bit by adding these two natural alternatives. Plus, you'll be nourishing your immune, nervous, and endocrine system rather than depleting it.

Hope this helps!

u/Justin_Timberbaked · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

I had to use a proxy to look it up on Amazon (.cz to .com) but Natrol is the name. Lesser dosage though.

u/PinkPonySwag · 2 pointsr/FancyFollicles

I've been taking Hair, Skin, and Nails Extra Strength since the beginning of February and have seen drastic improvement in my skin, with some hair and nail improvements. I had acne-prone, oily skin with crazy dryness, too. (AKA dehydrated) Prior to starting biotin, I changed up my routine and saw a dermatologist, which helped a lot, but I think the Biotin is really keeping things on track.

My Routine is super basic. AM is just water and a gentle wipe with a washcloth, with a sunscreen and CeraVe PM lotion. PM, I follow the Oil Cleansing Method with mineral oil on my cheekbones, nose, and forehead, let it sit, and massage it off (and the rest of my face, too) gently at the end of my shower with a warm washcloth. Afterwards, I use St. Ives Exfoliating Pads, let dry, and follow with more CeraVe PM.

Biotin is working for me, and so is my skincare routine, but I'd really recommend checking out /r/SkincareAddiction for more comprehensive advice. Biotin does cause acne for some people, but so do new products, resting your hand on your chin, sleeping on one side of your face too much, and lots more. Check that sub out, and stick with it a little bit before you give up. Good luck!

edit: grammar
edit #2: This is relevant if you want to check your routine to be sure it's not a product you're using.

u/rainbowmoonheartache · 2 pointsr/Mommit

They do sell methylated folate, which is the form that's basically easiest for the body to handle. Here's the type I buy.

u/Stinky_McDoodooface · 2 pointsr/vegan

Oral supplements are absorbed just fine

I just had bloodwork after 2 years being vegan, and my b12 was slightly over the top-end of the range. I just take an oral pill probably every 3-4 days or once a week sometimes, basically just whenever I remember to take it. I also drink some plant milks that are fortified with it. I also take blood builder every once in a while as a pre-workout, and it has a little bit of b12.

But a simple cobalamin or methylcobalamin supplement should be all you need. I take deva b12 (methyl) and sometimes natures way (cobalamin)

u/lana_x · 2 pointsr/xxketo
u/moxiecontin714 · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I use Biotin to grow my hair length and it works great and also does make my hair seem fuller. I think it's worth it. Let me find a link to the kind I use that I like better than the stuff at the grocery store.

Here. A little more expensive but I like them.

I hope it helps you and I sure hope this isn't a symptom of a bigger problem. Good luck.

u/AlexTakeTwo · 2 pointsr/RedditLaqueristas

I take the Sports Research Biotin which is suspended in coconut oil and on the lower side of available doses. From what I read before I decided to try it, most of the "prescribed" doses are way higher than what people actually need and is just a marketing gimmick to seem "better" than other brands (a very few special cases excepted.) I think it took about 6 weeks to notice before I started getting stronger nails and fewer splits, and now as long as I keep them moisturized I almost never split or break a nail, I used to average about 1 per week. For nail moisturizer, I use a coconut oil cream that I made myself (aimed for chapstick, put in too much beeswax, so it makes a great nail cream instead LOL) or a cocoa butter bar with a bit of coconut oil in it. I've heard good things about jojoba oil but my skin reacts to it a little bit, so I don't use it.

u/ThisAppalachianBitch · 2 pointsr/vegan

I take the spray linked below. Once a week under the tongue, my blood checks have always come back great. I notice a difference between the methyl- sourced and the cyclo- or whatever sourced. The methyl- sublingual ones I've always noticed benefits. Body stores what it needs, expels the rest. Gives you a boost, they put b12 in energy drinks, so I like to take it on Mondays.

Garden of Life B12 Vitamin - mykind Organic Whole Food B-12 for Metabolism and Energy, Raspberry, 2oz Liquid

u/bulbysoar · 2 pointsr/PlantBasedDiet

Hi! I might be able to help,

For years I had acne-prone skin until I went on birth control and adopted a good skincare routine. My skin was super clear after that, until I went plant-based. I don't know if it was the sudden hormone change from dropping dairy, and/or the b12 supplementation, but I broke out in horrible cystic acne all over my face.

It seemed like b12 fortified products + the b12 pill I was taking was too much. Or maybe it was the type of b12 since I know there are two kinds. But I posted in a vegan Facebook group about my troubles and was recommended this spray supplement from Garden of Life. I unfortunately had to go on antibiotics to get rid of the acne, but since starting this supplement, I haven't had any more problems and my skin is incredibly clear. I just try to remember to take a spray or two every few days.

Good luck! Regarding skincare routines, r/veganbeauty might be able to help! :)

Edited to add: I also recommend checking out Brian Turner on Youtube. He's a vegan/mostly WFPB athlete who has dealt with extreme acne and has lots of helpful content on it.

u/Widowsfreak · 2 pointsr/vegan

This is the one I use. I can't imagine anybody not tolerating it. It's raspberry flavor. I actually have kept myself from doing more than one dose. I just spray it under my tongue, it doesn't hit anywhere near my gag.

u/PluniaZ · 2 pointsr/vegan
u/Salyangoz · 2 pointsr/istanbul

so you can get l-theanine from amazon, thats harmless.
but modafinil is prescription.

Modafinil can be abused and its a perscription drug so best to ask a pharmacy for that.


Just some insight into /r/nootropics; If you want L-Theanine naturally all you need to do is drink tea. You're in the most tea consuming part of the world. Try all the different tea leaves and have some fun with it before artifically trying to fix the "problem".

Most notably there is an excessive coffee/caffeine culture in Turkey. caffeine can cause depression when taken in high amounts (yarali/ezik/emrah edebiyati ffs). Not to mention caffeine is an addictive stimulant which makes you seek it out more too. Potassium usually helps alleviate that. Try eating bananas or coconuts (or coconut water/juice). From personal experience I saw some effects in a week.

Im just a dude on the internet telling you these things but here is one of many papers describing the effects (on korean young adults but should apply on Turks too) but there are tons of other research being done as well.

u/Jrrolomon · 2 pointsr/adderall

Yes. Linked below. I usually take three of the L-tyrosine (Morning, noon, night) on empty stomach, and two of the L-theanine with the morning and night dose of L-Tyrosine.

Caffeine pill works good when taking with the L-theanine, but really any source of caffeine will do. Hope it helps.

NOW L-tyrosine 500mg,120 Capsules

Suntheanine® L-Theanine 200mg (Double-Strength) in Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil; Non-GMO & Gluten Free - 60 Liquid Softgel, Made in USA

u/under_the_pressure · 2 pointsr/streamentry

I use this supplement. Sports Research makes high quality stuff and the 'Suntheanine' is extracted from green tea extracted by this method. I like that it's suspended in coconut oil too.

u/wibblett · 2 pointsr/Anxiety

Yes as supplements. I do 200mg of Theanine every night. This is one the one I try: Here

I also take 3mg of Melatonin every night. This is the one I take which also has a little bit of Theanine as well: Here

I wake up feeling refreshed. I love the fact that they are vitamins because when I was taking sleep-aids that had chemicals I slept alright but I would wake up exhausted.

u/dmagikwand · 2 pointsr/Nootropics

I don't know. I've tried a bunch and I'm really into this one made by a company called Sports Research. It is the Suntheanine formula and the L-theanine is contained inside of soft gels with a coconut oil base.
Sometimes, I will cut 2 soft gels open, squeeze them into my bulletproof coffee and blend them up. Pretty potent taken that way, IMO.®-L-Theanine-Double-Strength-Cold-Pressed-Organic/dp/B00TXY32FY/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1527165620&sr=8-5&keywords=sports+research+ltheanine

u/WilhemBB · 2 pointsr/tinnitus

I know! I was a little sceptical but I really think it's due to the B-complex. I don't know for sure but I can't do any harm. After all the B vitamins help with the nervous system, right? I'm gonna buy it again and try to update.

This is the one, it's says take two tablets but I just take one:

u/toodleoo57 · 2 pointsr/MTHFR

I'm not reading your post as rambling at all, actually, as it's quite specific to my interests! I also have been diagnosed with inattentive type ADHD which I've really struggled with, and symptoms I'd describe as similar to yours. Lack of motivation with a big side helping of anxiety, in my case. I wasn't able to tolerate any of the medications suggested by my P-doc, even Strattera which they give little kids. Reactions ranged from insomnia to personality changes to severe depression to, in one case a 103 degree fever! Go figure. I've had some luck with hemp oil, but sure wish I'd known I have essentially the worst case scenario for COMT mutations before I got onto the merry go round.

I don't want to get your hopes up, but I've been taking methylfolate for a couple of weeks now, a smallish dose still to be sure I could tolerate it (this is what I'm taking.) Yesterday I started supplementing with this SAM-e and.... the wire chewing feeling and dizziness (probably from hunger) went away and I feel really good! I'm noticing improvements in energy level and alertness, mostly. I'm afraid to get my own hopes up because I've had so many problems with medications generally but if this works without intolerable side effects it's going to be a life changer.

Drop me a PM or @ me here any time if you want to compare notes. I'm cutting the pills in half b/c I'm so sensitive to meds generally but hope to increase the dose before long. I'm taking 100 mg of SAM-e for now.

Update: Had to discontinue sam-E because I developed severe insomnia, and I suspect it made my PMDD worse. Also, vestibular migraines kicked up which may be a result of whatever was going on with my hormones. Will update in another month with whether I'm still having PMDD/migraine issues for any women who may try this stuff.

u/blablabla1984 · 2 pointsr/Supplements

You know you can buy supplement methy B12 and folate ? I wouldn't inject anything I bought off the internet especially china.

Getting from a steroid website would be safer than China as those are peer reviewed on

I'd stick with supplement methyl B complex rather than inject. Besides it isn't fat soluble so you'll only piss out anything your body doesn't use that day.

I have the MTHFR gene mutation so have issues with B12 so I take a methyl B complex and my sister has a deficiency despite taking regular b complex so I just got some for her too.

u/mymathlabsucks1234 · 2 pointsr/tressless

10,000 micrograms, or 10 mg. It's a water soluble B vitamin. A lot of multivitamins include it, but I don't take a multi.

You can't take too much, but it can give you rosy cheeks and sometimes acne at 10,000 mcg. I don't get that tho. Amazon link it's hella cheap.

u/cmcg1227 · 2 pointsr/wls

I take these (bypass 18 months ago):

  1. One a Day's Womens - I'm a woman so if you're a guy you should probably get the men's version
  2. Bariatric Advantage Dry Vitamin D
  3. Nature's Way B-50 Complex
  4. Natrol Maximum Strength Biotin
  5. Kirkland's Calcium Citrate

    Then, I'm not currently on either of these, but for a while I was taking:

  6. NOW Vitamins B-1 Thiamine
  7. Country Life Dry Vitamin A

    When taking all of these vitamins daily as recommended my numbers have all come back fine. Personally, I HATE the B- Complex because it smells funny, and I've tried a few brands and discovered that its just the way the B-50 complex smells and I just deal. Have one of those lame pill/vitamin containers that you can fill for a whole month, and I keep the B-50 in a separate container because otherwise ALL of the vitamins smell and its a more horrible process.
u/herbivorous-cyborg · 2 pointsr/veganfitness

I once had a diagnosed B12 deficiency and cured it using this product:

I took 2 per day at first because my deficiency was serious. Now I take 1 per week (dissolve under the tongue). My b12 levels have been perfectly healthy ever since then (about 2 years ago)

u/Sunandmoon33 · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I have had pcos for several years now and found several supplements that really helped me. They're available on amazon and are for hormones. They are merely a suggestion but have helped me greatly!


Calcium d-glucarate


Hope i can help

u/Simplyjules89 · 2 pointsr/PCOS

Ya, I'm going to find a different doctor. After all the test, she told me I had insulin resistant pcos gave me the birth control she prescribes to all her patients and told me when I want to get pregnant to set up another appt. She'll never see me again that's for sure.
Here's the link. You have to take it with the d-chiro one as well. I take 4 myo and 1 d-chiro together. Each morning on an empty stomach. Read the reviews though. But which ever you chose the dosage is key in my opinion.
Zazzee Myo-Inositol 120 Veggie Capsules, 2000 mg per Serving, 100% Pure, Pharmaceutical Grade, Vegan, Non-GMO and All Natural

u/keto-potato · 2 pointsr/xxketo

Are we the same person!?

After a ton of research and nearly shitting myself on Metformin I ended up trying a supplement I found on amazon. It's called inositol. I take myo-inositol and d-chiro inositol and it's changed my fucking life without losing weight. read the reviews on it it speaks for itself. I didn't wanna do birth control or metformin and this helped me while i got onto keto! I am not paid or anything even remotely close to that I just started this stuff in the summer and my doctor is over the moon about my blood result changes and I don't suffer from the facial hair but many reviews say it really helped theres. Worth a shot!

u/sunrise_d · 2 pointsr/vegan

That's frustrating. There's no shame in being concerned about the aesthetic symptoms... I totally get it! How much sugar do you eat? Cutting back on sugar would be step 1 and could make a huge difference. Next I'd reduce calories in general which cuts down on overall carbs. And remember the docs are just telling you what they know. Advising pcos patients to eat low carb is In their playbook. My instincts tell me that if you eat a diet of mostly fruit, veggies and nuts and seeds with some legumes and grains your body will be overall healthier regardless. Have you looked into taking myo-inositol?
I think it's supposed to help with your testosterone levels so it's not just for if you're trying to get pregnant

u/movinonup2east · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I started it 2 weeks ago. Taking [this one] ( and this one and am really liking it.

I am not trying to get pregnant. I am done having babies but trying to alleviate the symptoms of PCOS and it seems to be working really well!

Big PROS are my appetite is almost non-existent. I eat normally and my sugar cravings seem to be gone. I also am on keto but suffered from blowing my carbs at the end of the day from cravings. I also started going to be earlier and completely omitted alcohol which seems to be best friends with sugar cravings. However, even during the day, I am just not hungry and things with sugar don't even sound good to me. They don't sound is just not something I crave at all which is SUCH a difference. Usually, I was fighting the will power game for most of the day. So, that has been one of my favorite things so far.
Second biggst PRO is how much it seems to have helped with my mood/anxiety. Like big time. I have felt so much more calm and balanced during the day. It is a noticible difference. I really really like that! Feels like I can deal with normal stress now instead of getting confused if I am stressed or dealing with anxiety or if it is something that is genuinely a problem.

I have lost a pound since I started but I have been keeping strict with keto as well and started up exercising, not sure if that can be linked directly to the inositol. However, I think it can be linked indirectly with the lack of appetite. It has been so easy to stay under a calorie/carb range.

I got my period within 5 days of starting to take the pills.
My periods had been pretty regular for about a year now since I started keto so I wasn't looking for too much help in that arena. So, it was kind of a surprise when I got it 9 days earlier than normal. HOWEVER, the good thing I did notice is that I didn't have nearly as many PMS symptoms as usual. No cramps, no sharp shooting pains, only a tiny bit of snappiness and my breasts were pretty sore but I can handle that if the rest is diminished.

Anywho...that is my current place with it and I plan to keep buying it no matter the cost. The anxiety help alone is worth the money. Hope that helps...and good luck to you!

u/_tigerlilyx · 2 pointsr/PCOS

I take a supplement called Inositol. It’s supposed to help with various aspects of PCOS, from depression and anxiety to fertility and insulin issues. I’ll provide the Amazon link to you at the bottom.
Also, thank you for asking this question! When I asked my doctor if I could have a referral to an endocrinologist (insurance wouldn’t cover it otherwise) to find an alternative to Metformin, he suggested that I go to a weight loss clinic instead. It’s nice knowing there’s others out there with PCOS who needed an alternative to Metformin too. It’s great seeing how others are finding successful methods to cope and heal. I hope you find some answers that help and wish you the best!

u/xX_Justin_Xx · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

> I've got some B12 Vitamins that are on special today. Save $4!!!

u/wowCakes007 · 1 pointr/Supplements

mentioned in that article is Jarrow Methyl B12 5000 mcg thats the one I take. I also try to get shots but have fell off it for a while. But I try to take at least one of those jarrow pills a day. Just put it under my lip for as long as I can.

u/colinaut · 1 pointr/ACL

At 5’8” 150 lbs is a fine weight depending of course on your body fat percentage. 135 lbs IMHO is way too skinny for that height. If you feel your body fat percentage is high then you’re better off doing strength training to convert that fat to muscle and build bone density rather than just cut to get skinny. Muscle mass has a lot of health benefits and it’s easier to maintain then just being skinny. Hell with some solid strength training under your belt you could easily weight more than 150 and look fit. BTW, I’m 5’8” and weight 168 lbs with probably about 15% body fat.

P.S. since you don’t eat meat, I highly recommend you supplement with b12, that is if you don’t already. B12 is really really important especially as you are in recovery. I recommend Jarrow Formula Methylcobalamin sublingual as it is the most bioavailable form and a solid third party tested form. Not sure if you do eggs or dairy or your reasoning for avoiding meat (I respect your choice) but I would also recommend thinking about doing pescatarian, eating fish or at least bivalves. Bivalves especially are great sources of nutrients and pretty environmentally sound food source.

u/77thandkingston · 1 pointr/StackAdvice

uridine monophosphate

b9 folate

methyl b12

[omega 3] (



And then I buy all my racetams and what not off eBay


I wish they had the capsules on eBay but oh well I guess I'll get a MG Spoon

Does this seem about right ? What dosages do you take of all this stuff ? And what times of the day? and with food or no food ?

u/Dying_Daily · 1 pointr/MTHFR

>How did you decide on 5mg?

That's the dosage of Jarrow B12. It seems to be just the right daily dosage for me. On occasion I take more.

u/nishnasty · 1 pointr/Fitness

Hi everyone,

I hope I don't get flamed but I searched fittit, googled, checked out the sidebar, researched on Examine, and Amazon -- and I still had some questions. I am trying to get take care of my health better.

I am under 30, M, lacto-ovo vegetarian (allergic to eggs) trying to lose weight, gain muscle overall. I have currently ordered the follow:

  • Omega 3 - Algae capsules

  • Opti-Men multivitamin

  • Vintage Burn

  • Methyl-B12

  • Whey protein powder (I take it with hemp seeds (or nuts some nuts), skim milk, banana, and peanut butter powder)

  • and Creatine powder

  • Fiber Pills

    How I stack it currently:

    Sometimes, I put my creatine powder in my protein shake before I head to work. I take 1 Omega-3 capsule, 1 multivitamin, 1 fiber pill around lunchtime. Then after a mid-day snack at some point, I take 1 methyl-B12. I head to the gym after work, then take another protein shake (this one is just with skim milk and whey powder).

    Could anyone provide guidance? Am I on the right track? Thank you so much!
u/vampirenurse · 1 pointr/TTC_PCOS

I started taking Jarrow Inositol which is myoinositol last spring. I was taking 4000mg daily either in the morning in a smoothie or in the evening dissolved in water. I got pregnant in August, I was good about taking it for the first several weeks but then got such severe morning sickness I stopped it and haven’t restarted it. We started trying in April 2016. I was also going through fertility treatments when I got pregnant, but I did feel better just with the addition of inositol.

u/Browngirl1983 · 1 pointr/PCOS

Sure! i saw a bunch of people recommend the Jarrow powder formula so I bought it online. It is lightly sweet and I just pour a tablespoon in my drink/water to sweeten it. I also carry a ziplock bag of it in my purse so that I can use it at work.

Make sure you don't take it with caffeine. Adding vitamin C sometime throughout the day also helps (whether by food or supplement).

u/YouMeandtheREmakes3 · 1 pointr/infertility

My RE recommended it, but technically he recommended I just buy the key ingredient, myo inositol, and take that. It's much less expensive that way.

30 days of pregnitude, $35

113 days (at 2000 mg/day) of inositol powder, $14.72

BTW my RE specifically recommended the Jarrow brand.

Overall he recommended it for egg health, and had me start it 4 months before my first IVF retrieval cycle.

u/do_i_bother · 1 pointr/PCOS

It's just the brand

u/dravn · 1 pointr/StackAdvice

The question "what has had the most significant effect for you?" has been posed in /r/nootropics and /r/stackadvice before. The #1 answer is always exercise. Exercise will have a much more significant effect than any nootropic, and the recommendation is always to ensure that sleep, diet, and exercise are all taken care of before experimenting with nootropics.

That being said, some supplements can definitely help to address anxiety/depression. Let me also say that every body is different; and between two people who are trying to ameliorate the same condition, the same supplement could help one and worsen the other.

The essentials for anyone are: Omega-3s, magnesium glycinate, and a B-complex. Also consider ALCAR and a choline source (such as alpha-GPC).

Supplements that people report being beneficial for anxiety/depression (and therefore focus, energy, mental capacity): ashwagandha, rosea rhiodola, L-theanine bacopa, SEMAX, memantine.

There are plenty (1, 2, 3) of reports on what has worked for certain people to tackle their anxiety/depression. (Click through all of those).

My recommendation for you would be to get this magnesium, some good fish oil, and this B-complex. Then give SEMAX a shot. Then maybe look into bacopa, aswagandha, etc.

Regarding noopept: "Noopept reduces anxiety and depression for me. When I went through a bad time it would immediately take the emotion out of me." Perhaps try it too.

u/Acnehommie · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction (Total list of things you can do)

You need to regulate your hormones. By the way, people here will always just blame it on the hormones. But remember, your hormones will get out of whack for a reason, there are precursors that caused something to happen.

This isn't caused solely by puberty. It's a mixture of characteristics. Here's what you can do for a cheap remedy that you can get in Europe.

-Eliminate refined sugars from your diet. Refined sugars bring no benefit and only bring harm to your body.

-Adequate vitamin D. You can get vitamin D for free just by getting out in the sun and getting exposed.

-Exercise everyday. If you have access to a Sauna, go there after you exercise. Make sure you wash your face after you exercise.

-Sleep 8 hours a day. Change your pillowcases every other day.

Supplements that are game changers:
OptiZinc - Take 100mg of Zinc a day.

Boron - Take 6 mg of Boron a day.

B-complex - Once a day

Vitamin D with K2 - Take 2000 IU of Vitamin D a day w/ K2. Also take fish oil and a multivitamin, if you can afford one.

Those right there will change your acne. Limit dairy consumption as well. That should cure your acne or make it very controllable. If you can, go to a dermatologist and try to get a retinoid cream.

u/theboylilikoi · 1 pointr/Supplements

I bought this supplement:

and I decided to take it once a day. SAMe is expensive, so I'm just gonna take 1 of these "b right" pills and 600 mg NAC 2x a day and see how that helps. The B right only has 100mcg of B12 though, should I look to up the B12 significantly?

u/dmikalova · 1 pointr/vegan

Now is a trustworthy supplement company, but they're not all vegan. Deva is an all vegan company but they don't have everything nor for the cheapest price.

u/baltimorosity · 1 pointr/vegan

yep, we take ours every day, i try not to take more than that, but they're really tasty.

u/idontreadinbox · 1 pointr/Electromagnetics

I'm grateful for the shared knowledge! Aaaand now I want to throw my B-complex into the trash!

>Sublingual methylcobalamin is supposed to be better.

The person in the article said sublingual doesn't work, because B12 is "a very lage molecule", and only small molecules pass sublingualy, but that sublingual ends up working because it gets swallowed. So, would sublingual still be better than a Methylcobalamin version like this?

If topical is even better, does this product look good? What's DMSO? I couldn't tell if it was included or would need to be purchased separately.

u/I_hate_cheesecake · 1 pointr/vegan

No problem! It can feel very overwhelming at first, but it gets easier once you have a few go-to recipes. As an addendum to the kickstarter (or the advice in this thread in general), make sure you are supplementing your diet with B12. The simplest way to do so is probably to just take a vegan multivitamin daily, or just a B12 supplement if you feel that your other nutritional needs are being met. Good luck!

u/DrBattheFruitBat · 1 pointr/waiting_to_try

Pretty much everyone should take a supplement from my research.

Give me a second and I'll find what I take for you.

This is what I take

u/CatoftheCana1s · 1 pointr/vegan

look for DEVA B12 online. I got a supply of 180 pills for 15 dollars, and take about one a week.

u/RedArmyBoots · 1 pointr/vegan
u/muzikl · 1 pointr/vegan

Yeah, these are the ones I have, sure it's not candy but it's kind of like PEZ just more mellow/neutral... no odor as far as I've noticed -

u/anachronic · 1 pointr/vegan
u/KristiLis · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

Much better. I'd been forgetting words when talking and feeling a lot of fatigue. I am doing much better now. I take the Deva B-12 sublingual pills. I try to take them at least 5 times a week (I leave them at work because I seem to remember better there).

u/lylet · 1 pointr/nutrition

I had a diagnosed B12 deficiency that resulted in numbness and tingling in various parts of my body as well as an electric shock sensation that would sometimes run down my spine starting from the top of my neck. I now take 1000mcg methylcobalamin b12 sublingually 1-2 times per week. I have had semi-regular blood tests ever since my diagnosis and I am now fully convinced that I am getting enough b12 from my supplement. Also, it's worth noting that my negative symptoms improved considerably within a few days and completely vanished after a few months. This is the brand I take:

However, it's worth noting that my B12 deficiency was caused by lifestyle factors and I discontinued that aspect of my lifestyle immediately at the same time I started supplementing B12. That means that I may have already been getting enough B12 and simply removing the negative lifestyle factor was sufficient. However, I do not believe there is B12 in any of the foods I consume on a regular basis, so it must have come from somewhere. I'm 99% positive the supplement played an essential role in my recovery.

u/escalat0r · 1 pointr/de

> Ich hab mich erstmal über alle möglichen Nährstoffe informiert, über die ich sonst noch nie nachdenken musste,

Relativ überflüssig, man muss nur Vitamin B12 supplementieren, gibts als Tabletten die wie PEZ schmecken nur in nicht so hart. Muss man allerdings frühstens nach mehreren Monaten oder ggf. Jahren nehmen, der Körper hat einen großen Restspeicher.

Alles andere nimmt man ganz genauso auf, wahrscheinlich sogar mehr als sonst, weil man sich mehr mit dem was man isst auseinandersetzt und tendenziell mehr Gemüse isst.

Hier als Video von Vegan ist ungesund

>aber ich habe auch noch nie einen Veganer getroffen, der nicht dünn und blass war.

u/j_itor · 1 pointr/medicine

MetanX contains

L-methylfolate (Metafolin): 3 mg, means $0.42/day

Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate: 35 mg, means $0.13/day (for 50mg)

Methylcobalamin: 2 mg, means $0.12/day.

For a total of $0.67/pill, then it's a question of how many pills he took per day. You can get most of them cheaper. Does he take 10? That's $200/mo. Does he take 20? That's $400/mo. And so on. The company lists a going rate of $58/mo for uninsured pt's. I don't know if metafolin can be prescribed, but I'm assuming B6 and B12 can be for a vitamin deficiency. That would reduce cost even more.

The point I'm trying to make is that yes, it probably did have an effect on the patient's willingness to commit suicide. But pretending like he had a singular issue and that was which food groups his insurance covered is, in my opinion, an oversimplified version of the events.

u/cutoffs89 · 1 pointr/vegan

digging this particular one

from description
"Methylcobalamin (Methyl B-12) is better absorbed and retained than other forms of B12 (e.g.; cyanocobalamin).* Methyl B-12 protects nerve tissue and brain cells; promotes better sleep and reduces toxic homocysteine to the essential amino acid methionine."

u/Nightingirle · 1 pointr/vegan

Hey, that's awesome!

First and foremost, educate yourself about nutrition. Seriously, nobody wants to further affirm the stereotype of the malnourished vegan, especially as an athlete or with somewhat athletic ambitions.

For nutritional information I would recommend the following resources:

Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet: A book with a lot of nutritional information.

Veganhealth: Website that has all the information about nutrients that need attention in a vegan diet and more. (Especially read up about B12 and take a supplement! I take the one I linked, because it's super cheap and vegan.)

Learn about complete proteins.


There are websites aimed at vegan athletes like these:

Tips from a Vegan Athlete plus meal recommendations

Meal Plan, information and a real life vegan bodybuilder

Some possible problems and their solution


Other stuff:
List of vegan athletes: Great as an inspiration and for that moment when people will try to tell you that it's impossible to build muscle on a vegan diet.

I love tofu, which has a lot of (complete) protein and I especially like this recipe.

Eat tofu, seitan and for the cheapest option rice with beans, lentils, chickpeas etc. Also plant milks, bananas, spinach, oatmeal, nut butters...


As a new vegan, you might find some of the things useful I posted yesterday. Skip the text at the beginning and especially take a look at the things about nutrition. I like to recommend the accidentally vegan foods as well.

Good luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask :)

u/IlII4 · 1 pointr/vegan

I love marmite and eat it all the time! However it's still recommended to supplement b12 even if you eat fortified foods.

I take three of these pills a week. It works out very cheap - that one pot of pills will last 33 weeks for me.

u/Lemonhead33 · 1 pointr/FancyFollicles

If you are interested in vitamins/supplements to help your hair grow a bit faster you could do that. I currently take 10,000 mcg of biotin, 1,000 mg of MSM, and 800 mcg of folic acid. I have noticed a dramatic difference in speed of hair growth.

u/Shortcircuit05 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really need to pee, and I think i'm eating way too many oreos for 11:34am.


u/ipoopwithcats · 1 pointr/wls

Hello! I hope this does not go against any rule but I had a revision to my RnY on January 30th 2018. Eight years ago I lost SO much hair the first time around. This time I am taking Biotin. I'm not a medical professional but it does work if you take it on a regular basis. I use this one:

Hope that helps!


EDIT: I just saw that this is the better deal:

u/Takzuke · 1 pointr/longhair

I ordered this about a week ago :

I am going to pick it up tomorrow from the post, I believe this is a good one isn't it?

u/Pia-chan · 1 pointr/asktrp

Maaaaaate! Fret not for pia-chan is here!
I started receding hard-out at 21/22. Am now 30 with a full head of hair. I'll tell you how I did it (cos I tried everything).

I have to agree with the commenters about the hairpiece, but last resort if what I tell you mow doesn't work...

  1. Finasteride, as recommended by a few other people. Probably won't grow anything back, but will most likely stop anymore hairloss.

  2. Biotin cheap as fuck and makes your hair healthy and strong.

  3. This shampoo best one I've found so far. Takes the DHT away from your scalp or smthng.

  4. Lazer comb. You'll prob laugh at this, but no shit, best thing I've ever used. Was 100% skeptical at first, but got one for free. Used it half-assedly for a few weeks and in not even a month the regrowth was unbelievably spectacular. Hope it will work the same for you. Supposedly shocks the dead folicales back to life.

  5. Lipogane. Tonic you rub in morning and night. Good shit.

  6. Massage brush like this wee fella for use in the shower. Massaging is actually quite important. Blood flow.

    Also, depending on how far gone/desparate you are, hair transplant always an option.

    All of these will take time to work. Before you even start any, commit to a year, using them all consistently, and never miss a day on any of them. Most shit says 6-9 months to start to see anything (Usually little baby hair first) and 1 year-18 months for results. Freakishly, I saw wicked result after like a month.

    No need to thank me, just name your first-born after me...
u/Musical_life · 1 pointr/RandomActsOfPolish

Amazon link (add-on item)

u/HAHA_Aku_HAHA · 1 pointr/ehlersdanlos

Don't take these in the morning if you're going to need to drive or be "in the zone" for the next few hours. I would suggest doing it in the evening when you have a lot of time to deal with the results of taking them, whether positive/negative/unusual. I only had really positive results, but there is an "adjustment period" for a few days when you start taking these that can be distracting. It's gonna sound weird but it just felt like I was so much more "on" that it was almost hard to deal with at first. Like your engines are revving at full speed. If you have a negative reaction you could get a headache or be a bit dickish because these can have a stimulating effect if you take too much or are very sensitive.

Just as a sort of disclaimer, I'm not a doctor and I have no idea how you'll react to this. You're doing this of your own fruition and are responsible for the results. I've only explained what happened with me and I've listed the possible negative reactions (that I know of) at the bottom of the post. That said, here's how I did it:

(I mislabeled the links above, you may have noticed. Here's my corrections)

Methylcobalamin ("Active B12")

Methylfolate ("Active B9")

Niacin ("Active B3")

Butchered Elevator Scientific Layman Explanation Ahead

Basically these are chemicals (I'm probably using the wrong word there) that--most people--produce on their own by breaking down the vitamins in the foods we eat. People with MTHFR mutations are incapable of methylating certain nutrients and enzymes (or inhibited to some degree) and you end up with minimal (to dangerously low) levels of something that should be readily available through proper digestion and metabolization of the food you eat: the methylated versions of b12 and b9. Taking non methylated versions of these supplements is actually awful for MTHFR people because they're incapable of breaking it down--from food or supplements-- so it stacks up in your body and messes you up.

The explanation Dr Lynch uses is that the Methylcobalamin is the "fuel", and the methylfolate is the fire. Niacin is another B vitamin that he recommends. He advises using it when you get negative symptoms from the other two supplements, but I accidentally took niacin because I mislabeled my experiment a bit, and had the best reaction to all of them by taking a small amount with the other two. Methylation is incredibly complicated, so I am mostly just shooting in the dark.


Methylcobalamin - 1/5th of the link I gave you (1000 mcg)

Methylfolate - Full pill (or half pill for conservative approach - open tablet and mix half with water)

Niacin - 1/10th of a tablet (if you feel headaches, irritable or other side effects)

I basically did what is here:

Like I said, I accidentally took the Niacin immediately (which Lynch doesn't recommend) and I've since found that it actually works best when I take all three at once.

Write down how you feel before you start. All pain locations and number them by intensity. Note your perception of your temperature and the feeling in your neck. Nausea, etc. Journaling as much as possible is important, especially if the results are positive because you only get one shot at noting how the switch over feels. Later you will not recall the severity of everything unless you wrote it down.

Take the supplements (either one at a time, or all at once) and write down how you feel every 10 minutes. After 40 minutes write down what your pain levels and other metrics I mentioned earlier are.

How this may go:


This was my case. I took the dosage above and felt great. My headache vanished and my muscles all unlocked. I couldn't stop smiling and my whole body felt lighter than ever. My core temperature also dropped and I felt cold, which was a new sensation for me. I decided to try the same amount again and I felt even better. I had some ups and downs over the next few days, but it generally felt good. I noticed that eating fermented foods would mess me up (SOY SAUCE = DEATH), and these supplements would fix me in larger amounts if I was exposed. If this stuff works for you, watch out for alcohol, and especially foods fortified with the non methylated version of b9: folate. It takes like 4x the methylfolate for MTHFR people to break down 1x the folate.


Some people don't really feel anything at all. This could mean that you don't have methylation problems, that you can try more, or you can stop. I've given this to other people and sometimes they need 2-3x what I took to get the same reaction.


Immediate negative reactions. Headaches, irritability. Some people react (especially to methylfolate) to very small amounts of these, so start small. This is where the Niacin comes in. Lynch recommends 1/10th of a tab every 10 minutes as a sort of "escape hatch" to combat negative reactions. Be careful about taking too much of the b12/b9 and not waiting long enough between. 40 minutes is usually enough to get the full effect of a dose.

If you have negative reactions you can try taking the b12 2x a day for 3 days, and then adding in 1x the methylfolate at the morning and afternoon on the fourth day with your b12. They need to work together but the b12 helps make the b9 useful. Activating methylation can increase inflammation, so watch out for that. Drink a lot of water and be aware that your pain could possibly increase, but this didn't happen to me.

If they work well for you you can try taking this dose twice a day (morning and afternoon) and see what happens. I haven't found a doctor to talk about this with, so if it does work you'll be basically where I am: you know it works, but you don't know why. Do your research about taking these in the long run as well.

Good luck.

Edited for formatting

u/mexicomexicanmexico · 1 pointr/MTHFR

The folate will pollute my body?

Or do you take the supplement in the picture and then take the L-Methylfolate supplement? This is the one I got from Jarrow Formulas

u/alpine_rose · 1 pointr/TryingForABaby

Really?! I picked up some Methyl Folate on Amazon for like $6? Did I get the wrong kind?

u/artipants · 1 pointr/infertility

My RE has only ever said to take a prenatal. I took two Flinstones for a while as recommended by my OB during my ectopic because they were easy on my stomach, but grew to hate the texture. Then I switched to gummies. I liked them, but they had no iron and I often am low there. Tried Rainbow Lites but they gave me godawful burps and a foul taste in my mouth forever. Now I'm on Target brand (up and up) prenatals and they're a little larger than I prefer but easy to swallow with no adverse effects. Also one a day.

I will say I preferred my prescription ones to anything otc but it'd be too much of a pain to get and keep a script for them.

I also take extra folic acid because my RE said it couldn't hurt when I asked. This at the recommendation of someone around here or tfab or something. I only take one a day and only when I'm cycling. Can't be bothered to take extra pills when my only hope is a FSB.

u/Jonno8910 · 1 pointr/Supplements

I think this is what you're looking for.

I take this every day. It does the job very well. And it's sublingual

u/SteelToedSocks · 1 pointr/veganfitness

B12, Omega 3, and Creatine Ethyl-Ester. I used to take BCAAs but now they're in my Protein Powder.

u/pumpkinpatch63 · 1 pointr/vegan

A year's supply of sublingual B-12 pills.

For example, here's the Deva Vegan B-12 supplement with 2500 mcg. There are 90 tablets for $13, and since you only need one tablet per week, that means it lasts 90 weeks (1.7 years). This comes to $7.50 per year. The brand I have was cheaper but I cannot find it now. There are also cheaper brands on Amazon and at local grocery stores.

u/TriggerHippie0202 · 1 pointr/vegan

Hello and welcome!

I use to track my macronutrients. I supplement w/:

  • Deva Multivitamin

  • Vitamin D3 - I live in the north and am deficient

  • Deva B-12

    I treat replacements like Beyond meats, Gardein, etc. as treats, I feel so much better eating whole foods and have mostly adopted that diet recently. We use Fork over Knives recipes, Hot for Food (blog/youtube), Vegan Richa (blog/youtube).

    I really just love trying new foods myself and go into rabbit holes of like making Ethiopian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern style foods. Indian foods and Vegan Richa really helped me in my transition.

    Are there specific recipes or styles of food you love?
u/ThugClimb · 1 pointr/worldnews

> such as you can get "b12 from plants and all your essential amino acids!" is patently incorrect and all reputable nutritionists and nutritional scientists will disagree.

This is your claim I just debunked.

>If you want to spend absurd amounts of money on expensive supplementation

I can sit here and keep debunking your goal post shifting, but it's a waste of my time to be honest. For example - if you just simply google b12 prices or fortified b12 foods, you'd realize it cost 1-2 dollars a month to get all your b12 needs at worst. B12 supplements are 12 cents per unit that you only need to consume twice a week. You're dishonest to say the least.

11 cents per unit for 41000% daily value.

u/caliomni · 1 pointr/wls

Mg or mcg?

Looking at
Biotin Infused with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - (120 Veggie-softgels) (5000mcg)

u/focusynocd · 1 pointr/Hair

Good! I also started taking this one ..... biotin
And I was very very happy with it for the price!

u/PartialMilkHotel · 1 pointr/FierceFlow

Curly hair generally takes a longer time to look longer and flowy so I wouldn't worry about it, just keep persevering. I've found Biotin to be a good supplement to increase growth, this is the one I take

u/EAS693 · 1 pointr/keto

A few months for hair to start to grow out thicker. My top 3-4 inches is all thick my ends are super thin. I’m going to have to cut as it grows.

Biotin is a pill I take. The oils I mix together and rub on my scalp, wrap in a scarf and go to bed. I rinse it out in the morning.


castor oil

argon oil

u/nineknives · 1 pointr/beards

I'm using 5,000mcg of Biotin per day product link and 1,000mcg of Folic Acid product link. I feel like I'm definitely noticing a difference, and seeing some new hairs pop up in areas where there was little to no hair before. I'm going to stick with it for as long as I can.

u/morecilantro · 1 pointr/vegan

I like these sprays (from Amazon):

u/laurac141 · 1 pointr/vegan

I just bought this spray by MyKind Organics

u/TheOMGeffect · 1 pointr/vegan

Go outside in the sun. VITAMIN D IS FREE! The only suipplement that people recommend that is absolutely necessary is B12. The highest quality one I have found is this one:

u/mcflufferbits · 1 pointr/vegan

Try taking this:

Its a little pricy so I'd recommend taking it maybe once or twice a week.

u/AlcoholicToddler · 1 pointr/researchchemicals

im comparing vegetarian vs more expensive version

why is the vegetarian one way cheaper. and will that be good enough??

u/FiremanHandles · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I bought it off [amazon.] ( I didn't see the list of recommended providers until after I had bought it. IIRC there were a few choices.

u/smurfsm00 · 1 pointr/adderall

Thanks, /u/lilsavito! Happy to be of service:)

I started Adderall for the first time just a few months ago - I was already eating well and the adderall wiped out my appetite but got super-thirsty so juicing is a great solution. You'll feel physically a lot better when you do it. Make sure to mix superfood-veggies/low-sugar fruit and go easy on high-sugar fruit.

Here's the juicer I have:

It's very easy to use and clean (important!) and my only issue came after I dropped the lid on the floor and there was a minor crack, still works fine. Really juices well for the price.

I'm working on a simpler, at-a-glance version of my on days / off days list - will post it here soon, hope folks continue to find it helpful.

Regarding my routine: in actuality I reliably take the Emergen-C / Fish Oil Pills / Vitamin D / Melatonin pretty well. I do believe they've helped with my energy levels and sleep regulation. I DONT exercise as much as I want to - I am convinced exercise will be super helpful but I also have a bout of depression so am working on it....but I despise exercise in general, so this list helps those who also despise it - the key is to make it as easy to do as possible so you can't talk yourself out of doing it, and to honestly tell yourself "well done!" after trying it, even if you only worked out for a minute the first time, it's a huge help to pat yourself on the back and encourage yourself for any effort you're making.

My productivity has been touch and go - biggest problem for me is making sure I'm not on the computer (reddit, surfing web) when my meds kick in cause they make me hyperfocus and spend HOURS online doing nothing else. The only way it helps me get things done (cleaning, errands, projects, work, etc) is to stand up and tell myself i'm not sitting down again till I start part of my project. I did this last night with deep cleaning my apartment and once I made myself get started, I worked for like 6 hrs no problem.

Other people have mentioned L-theanine - it's supposed to be great with increasing motivation/decreasing depressive symptoms. Here's the kind I got based on a recommendation:

Will update to let you know if that helped! You have any tips to offer?

u/kratbegone · 1 pointr/quittingkratom

This is one of the best for ash, and best price:
regualr ash did not do as much for me as the ksm66 version which also has reserach behind it. I take 1 twice a day, sometimes another late at night.

for theanine, this is most peoples favorite as it is embedded in coconut oil for easy assimilation: take 1 with coffee, and then one as needed whenever i get anxious.

u/giletbet · 1 pointr/Supplements

8 hours of sleep and compound exercises like push-ups and pull-ups.

u/sudilly · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I had that problem and my dermatologist recommended Biotin. It has made a huge difference.


u/Ohokaysureyeah · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

This is the 5,000 mcg I just ordered for my mom

Natrol Biotin Plus Lutein Tablets, 5,000mcg, 60 Count

And I take the 10,000 mcg

Natrol Biotin Maximum Strength Tablets, 10,000mcg , 100 Count (pack of 2) ( Pack May Vary )

I initially found it at Sprouts but amazon had better prices. I just take one in the morning with the rest of my medication and supplements.

u/LovelyLadyBeans · 1 pointr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I have really thick, long Asian hair, and I've noticed that not using a hair dryer or heating products does wonders, along with Biotin supplements for me!

You want to make sure you start off with a lower dosage of Biotin supplements though, because it can cause acne breakouts for some people. I personally take 10,000 mcg Biotin tablets. (

u/LeafRivers · 1 pointr/AskDocs

I usually try different brands for a few months so my results are kinda off. Currently I'm taking a multi-vitamin that has 30 mcg and it's not really doing anything. Last one was 150 mcg.

I was taking one with 10,000 mcg but I still didn't notice any results. Though I might try it again. Here's the link for amazon.

u/shinebright_shinefar · 1 pointr/vegan

I don't swallow pills but I take a lot of vitamins. I take this b-12, pour liquid iron in my OJ (I get it from my local pharmacy), and spray vitamin D. I also eat a chewable turmeric. I used to get my b-12 from all the nutritional yeast I ate but I don't eat it as much anymore so it's easier to take the vitamins. If you get your blood checked every 3-6 months you should be able to keep tabs on what you're lacking if anything.

u/bob_vela · 1 pointr/Nootropics

Try taking a supplement that is absorbed better than swallowing. Sublingual methods are shown to have better absorption rates. Something like this:

u/KerfuffleV2 · 1 pointr/Cringetopia

> because thats a total cop out, as I mentioned you can claim any diet is healthy if you pump the required human nutrients in it.

It's one single nutrient that's easy and practical to get a sufficient amount of either by consuming fortified foods (basically all plant-based milks are fortified with B12, for example) or taking a small tablet every so often. Also omnivores eat many fortified foods as well. The vast majority of breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals. Dairy milk is usually fortified with vitamin A and D and so on. It's highly unlikely there are no fortified foods currently in your diet.

To make a pure meat diet healthy you'd likely have to supplement significantly more nutrients. Generally speaking, most heath and dietary organizations recommend eating less meat and other animal products so it's dubious that the baseline of pure meat diets would be equivalently healthy.

I'm unaware of any reputable health and dietary organizations recommending people eat less fruits and vegetables. Are you?

> And no matter what I dont think downing a pack of flinstone gummies is a healthy diet

You can buy 90 tablets that each have 16,667% of the US RDA B12 (also 100% each of B6 and folic acid) at a cost of $7 from Amazon with free shipping if you have Prime. Unless you have serious absorption issues (which would cause you problems on a non-vegan diet also) you can meet your requirements easily by taking one every week.

I don't understand why you seem so threatened by the idea of people being able to meet their nutritional needs without animal products in a reasonable and practicable way that you feel compelled to make up a strawman to argue against.

u/saynOP32dope · 1 pointr/Nootropics

I take this one -

Stop taking both and when you return to baseline, add in one for a bit and see if the symptoms persist. Then you will have your answer as to what is causing the "rage".

To finally answer your question, nope. Noopept does not make me rage. I do enjoy a little rage from time to time though. Something is obviously not in balance.

"Good, good. Let the hate flow through you." :)

u/troyquigley · 1 pointr/StackAdvice

Thank u...for your help...

I have added this to my list to purchase, after I run out of my current b12.

u/alex824 · 1 pointr/MTHFR

Just try this one today, half a pill, no effect for now, will try the dosage you suggest, thanks again!

u/J1mmyW00ds · 1 pointr/Supplements

B-12(1,000 mcgmethyl) - Folate - B-6(1.5mcg, 75% DV)

Almost everything else that I have found has B-6 at around 400% DV or more. I know its not all the B's, but it is a good start.

u/aliciaLAC · 1 pointr/PCOS

Yes they definitely do. I have been using myo + d chiro for 3 weeks now, and I see the result already ! Amazing!


I have been using only inositol first (this one) and while it was ok, it took a while to see any result. As soon as I switched to combination of myo + d chiro (this one) - i have seen result right away - I got my period in 2 weeks after using.


Hope that helpsQ

u/RavenandLotus · 1 pointr/PCOS

I have used this kind in capsule form:

which was fine but serving size is 4 big pills, and that was going to get expensive, so I'm using this stuff now:

and I use about 1/4 teaspoon. It's just the inositol powder with no fillers, so I don't have to take 4 horse pills.

I should also add that Mirena changed my mood and caused me depression. It was such a slow, gradual change that built up over time, so I didn't notice it happening and it wasn't until I got it out that I realized I was just never feeling happy the whole time I was on it. So, check your mood. This was not even a reason I got off of it, because I didn't realize it was even a problem until it was gone.

u/Gaywallet · 0 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

There is no question that any clinician would tell you to take a supplement if you are observing any diet which includes no meat.

I mean, ignoring the obviously questionable sources, what is so wrong with taking a supplement? I never understood why many veg*n's have an issue with taking a supplement that is manufactured in a veg_n friendly manner. They are not hard to find. It's mind boggling.

u/pnoque · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

> there is no natural non-animal source of B-12

This isn't correct. You can get vegan sublingual B-12 supplements (vegan because they are derived from the soil bacteria that grazing animals get it from, sublingual for optimum absorption). If you get them through Amazon's "Subscribe & Save", you get a discount and free shipping to have them automatically mailed to you when you run out.

I strongly recommend taking these if you want to avoid the inevitable "vegan brain cloud" and other serious neurological problems that can come from a B-12 deficiency. I hit this about three months after going vegan and it was very scary.

With the protein thing, honestly, if you're eating a wide variety of produce you won't even have to worry about it. Get plenty of grains (whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa), legumes (beans), tubers (potatoes), and a variety of vegetables. Grains and tubers do wonders for making you feel full. Drink a lot of water to maximize the effect.

u/rjdang · 0 pointsr/nutrition

B12 is not a huge concern. Your body creates reserves of it that can last longer than a year. So even if you aren't getting it daily you won't be deficient as long as you get it sometimes. Although some people have a rare disease where you need regular injections, but you would know if you had this problem, it's unrelated to diet. The best type of b12 is methyl b12: it's what is most widely available in nature. The most popular type though is artificially produced from bacteria ( Cyanocobalamin). This type converts just fine into a form your body can use though. Some like to claim that it isn't good enough, but that claim is not strongly supported by evidence. However methyl b12 is definitely more bioavailable so I use it to supplement maybe twice a week plus I eat fortified tofu, tempeh and soy milk and nutritional yeast. Many other things are fortified with it as well these days, so it may never be a concern. Although be careful with just using nutritional yeast, the b vitamins break down if it is stored too long or cooked too long at a high temperature. Also be careful if you tend to avoid processed foods completely, you may need to supplement. Is extremely safe to supplement b12 even in high doses so don't fear. Some labels will say 1000x RDA and that's totally fine for b12 (not for all vitamins though), you just pass the excess. Also, don't get too caught up in the idea of things being "natural". Natural, whatever that means in the days of cars planes high tech farms computers and biotech, does not necessarily mean safe or healthy. We've come a long way as a species to save ourselves from the great harms of nature. To begin with, a vegetarian diet is not that natural, it's just ethical and efficient and in many ways healthy (although you should not be vegetarian if your only motive is optimal health). Agriculture at the level required to support an all veg diet is a relatively recent occurrence in human evolution. Other things to be aware of: vegetarians often have trouble getting iron, zinc, vit d, omega 3s, and calcium. So try to incorporate more foods with these into your diet if you don't choose to supplement.

u/---james · 0 pointsr/vegan

IMO: don't announce to your parents. Make it a transition, phasing animal products out as you learn how to follow a vegan diet. That way you'll probably avoid fears about your health and other related things, and it'll be easier for you (and more likely that you stick with it).

You could say something like you're working to reduce your consumption if you're asked. The word vegan can be scary to some people.

Make fruit a staple would be my advice for diet. Super easy + healthy + tasty. Steamed potatoes (with other stuff if you like, but I like them on their own with a bit of salt and cayenne) are a super easy satisfying meal, which you will crave as you make the switch. Also be sure you're getting critical nutrients (not that a vegan diet makes you any more likely to be deficient than the standard american diet)-- b12, iodine, and omegas are the big ones I think (the linked brands are the best ones I've found). Those supplements are expensive, but it helps that you don't need a lot. A bottle of the b12 could last you two months, and iodine could last you a year.

Spirulina is also like a vegan whole food multivitamin/mineral and good source of easily assimilable protein.