How long does it take for supplements to kick in?

I’ve had problems with depression and foggy thinking for a while. Today I started taking supplements. I had 2 grams of fish oil and a B-complex supplement.

I’ve been studying and I feel great. I’m pretty sure it’s a placebo effect -I doubt these things start working in two hours- but I’d like to know approximately when I’ll be seeing actual results.

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  1. The Spirit Healer says:

    B vitamins are tricky. In pill form, the body does not absorb them quickly enough before they are destroyed by stomach acid.

    Your best bet is to either use a lozenge or sublingual drops. I would also try to up my intake of vitamin B12 rich foods. B12 is the most beneficial of the B vitamins.

    Where do I get it in foods?

    1. Vitamin B12 is found in all animal products (liver, muscle flesh, eggs, and dairy products are sources, in order from richest to poorest sources). Plant foods contain little if any active vitamin B12; produce grown in soil fertilized with cow dung may contain more B12 than commercially grown produce.
    2. Marine plant life (chlorella, dulse, nori, blue-green algae, spirulina) contain analogues of vitamin B12 which can interfere with normal cobalamin metabolism; to rely on seaweed for vitamin B12 is to lean on a splintered stick.

    How much do I need?

    The amount of vitamin B12 required is very minute. As little as 0.1-0.5 microgram per day (1-4 g/week) is needed in a healthy adult. Stress, illness (especially involving the central nervous system), pregnancy, lactation, and rapid growth increase needs.
    The World Health Organization recommends 1g per day of vitamin B12. The RDA for adults is 2.4 g of vitamin B12 per day, 2.6 g during pregnancy, 2.8 g during lactation, and proportionally less for children.

    As far as how long it will actually take for you to start seeing results, my experience has shown anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

    Good Luck!

  2. probably within the first week. You need enough to get into your system.

  3. kay_flood says:

    the B complex supplement is worthless to you… stomach acids destroy B vitamins, so yeah, you are feeling a placebo effect. If you want to increase your B vitamin status you need food rich in that vitamin for they are not released until broken down in the intestine. Or you need to find lozenges that you suck on, so the vitamin is absorbed in the mucous membranes of your mouth, taking them in pill form is a waste of money.

  4. jmathewsrb says:

    you might be taking the wrong supplement and they dont start working till about 30 days in your system so anyone with no long term will fail…………

    try medical marijuana it works

  5. try Rooibos tea. You are on the right track with vitamin B. Might try St.Johns Wort, Yarrow, B12

  6. Fish oil and vitamin B will have no affect on depression, no matter how long your wait.

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