by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© June 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


All information in this article is solely the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.


The B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid and others play a very important part in nutritional balancing science.  However, it is a different role than their use in symptomatic nutritional programs of all kinds.  This article helps explain this difference, and its importance.




The main difference is that in nutritional balancing science, the B-complex is used to speed up the oxidation rate, and little else.  It is excellent for this purpose.  A few of the B-complex vitamins such as choline and inositol actually slow the oxidation rate, so these are used for this purpose.

This difference is quite critical.  If a fast oxidizer takes much of the B-complex that speeds up the oxidation rate, as mentioned above, the person may feel better, but the body is thrown seriously out of balance.  Likewise, if the wrong B vitamins are used in a slow oxidizer, it is nearly impossible to enhance the oxidation rate.  Therefore, the B-complex vitamins play a special role in nutritional balancing.

This role was first elaborated by George Watson, PhD, in his book, Nutrition And Your Mind.  Dr. Paul Eck tested the idea and found it to be very accurate.  However, this is still a very unusual way to use the B-complex vitamins.


Higher doses sometimes needed.  Some people claim that one need not take B-complex vitamins if one eats foods rich in them such as meats, eggs, brewer’s yeast or perhaps food-based vitamins that contain a little of them.  However, Dr. Eck found this does not hold true.  An important reason why some people do not get well is because, at times, higher doses are required, up to about 50-75 mg of B-complex daily.


Synthetic B complex vitamins will enhance the oxidation rate.  Dr. Eck also found that the synthetic B-complex vitamins will work for this purpose.  Some doctors and clients oppose the use of synthetic vitamins, but in this case they work.  This is why blanket statements that synthetic vitamins are not as good as food-based ones is simply not true.  It depends upon the purpose one is using them for.  We see no toxicity from proper doses of B-complex vitamins when used at the right time for the right purpose.  For more on this subject, read Food-Based Supplements on this site.


All B-complex vitamins are yin.  A problem of those who take very large doses of B-complex vitamins is that they are quite yin in macrobiotic terminology.  This applies to both the natural and the synthetic B-complex vitamins.  Today, anything that is fairly yin is harmful for most people.




A number of doctors and nutritionists utilize high-dose niacin to reduce cholesterol or improve circulation.  Mr. L. Ron Hubbard used it in his sauna detoxification programs, which are still available.  While it may help some health conditions, we find that doses greater than about 120 mg daily of any type of niacin is somewhat toxic and builds up in the body.

Also, removing the niacin from the liver takes a few years, and this slows development.  Please do not take high doses of niacin in any form.


Avoiding a lot of vitamin B-12.  Some people love to take vitamin B-12, either in shots or orally or a spray form.  It gives them a boost of energy.  however, I find that invariably, those who take vitamin B-12 begin to have an elevated cobalt reading on their hair mineral analysis.  This is a toxic situation and not healthful.

Vitamin B-12, unlike all the other B-complex vitamins, contains a fair amount of cobalt.  This cobalt is apparently slightly toxic because the body starts to eliminate it through the hair.  We call it an “amigo form” of cobalt, which usually means an oxide or another irritating form of this mineral.  To read more about this, please read The Amigos – Manganese, Iron, Aluminum And Others – on this site.

I find that if a person eats red meat twice a week and takes a powerful digestive aid such as ox bile and pancreatin, that vitamin B-12 is rarely, if ever, needed, even in those over the age of 60 or so who have weaker digestion.  So please be careful about taking extra vitamin B-12, even though it may make one feel better.



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