Libido gone wild... thanks to vitamin B12!

  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 23, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    After catching a bad cold a while back, I started taking vitamin B12 (5000mg per day, sublingually) on the advice of my mom, who found that it helped her regain her energy level and boost her immune respose following aggressive chemotherapy for cancer. She suggested it might be a way to stave off colds/flu this fall and winter.

    So far, so good--except I notice that one side effect is that my libido is totally jacked up. It's a good thing, generally, but can also be very frustrating. Anyone else find that taking vitamin B12 = increased sex drive?
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:33 PM GMT
    No, but now i want to try it. LOL.
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
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    Nov 23, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    I've heard it's pretty cheap to find a healthcare practitioner to give you a B12 injection once a month. There are reasons for going this route but I might end up talking out of my ass if I try and remember atm.
  • calibro

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    Nov 23, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    Umm... unless you're a vegetarian/vegan, I don't buy this. Vitamin B12 is plentiful in meats (hence why it's one of the few vitamins and minerals vegetarians/vegans have a harder time getting) and your body actually stores extra. If you simply eat meat, your body is already loaded with more than enough B12. I call shenanigans.
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    Nov 23, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    That's the reason oral isn't recommended.

    The proof that you're keeping/using more from the inject it that your urine won't turn bright/neon yellow colors as it does when taking oral B12. So, it's not just getting flushed out.
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    Nov 23, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    calibro saidUmm... unless you're a vegetarian/vegan, I don't buy this. Vitamin B12 is plentiful in meats (hence why it's one of the few vitamins and minerals vegetarians/vegans have a harder time getting) and your body actually stores extra. If you simply eat meat, your body is already loaded with more than enough B12. I call shenanigans.


    Nah, it's not that simple. There are people that can develop a B12 deficiency, even while eating enough meat.
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    Nov 23, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    effen saidThat's the reason oral isn't recommended.

    The proof that you're keeping/using more from the inject it that your urine won't turn bright/neon yellow colors as it does when taking oral B12. So, it's not just getting flushed out.


    but i love oral icon_cry.gif
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 23, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Don't get me wrong--I'm not pushing B12 as an elixir or a fix-all, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try it based on what my mom's experience was. I have noticed that I have more energy overall, and particularly find that my sex drive has been sharpened.

    Could be a lot of factors.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Yellow pee factor is solved by taking smaller doses (of any vitamin) more often. Your body can't absorb it all at once. My multi is 3x a day. Hard part is remembering to carry it around.

    With regards to libido (and helping ward off infections like colds) I have heard same thing about Zinc.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:23 PM GMT
    Bulls**t.

    It's all in your head.
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    njmeanwhile saidYellow pee factor is solved by taking smaller doses (of any vitamin) more often. Your body can't absorb it all at once. My multi is 3x a day. Hard part is remembering to carry it around.

    With regards to libido (and helping ward off infections like colds) I have heard same thing about Zinc.


    I think you are thinking about this the wrong way. It seems like you are getting the same result, but just hiding the proof of inefficiency.
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    Nov 23, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidDon't get me wrong--I'm not pushing B12 as an elixir or a fix-all, but I thought it couldn't hurt to try it based on what my mom's experience was. I have noticed that I have more energy overall, and particularly find that my sex drive has been sharpened.

    Could be a lot of factors.


    psychosomatic
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    Nov 23, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Gaydar said
    calibro saidUmm... unless you're a vegetarian/vegan, I don't buy this. Vitamin B12 is plentiful in meats (hence why it's one of the few vitamins and minerals vegetarians/vegans have a harder time getting) and your body actually stores extra. If you simply eat meat, your body is already loaded with more than enough B12. I call shenanigans.


    Nah, it's not that simple. There are people that can develop a B12 deficiency, even while eating enough meat.


    yes, but that's usually related to a serious issue.
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    Different people will have different results. I take 20mg (5mg 4x/day) because I tested positive for a couple of the genetic markers of the MTHFR mutation. (This mutation causes hereditary heart problems, which don't run in my family, so I don't really think I have it.) I found that the B12 makes me feel very calm. I also take very large doses of folate for the same mutation. B12 and folate can healing neurological damage as well as detoxify certain chemicals in the body. Getting the RDA value may not be enough for some people.

    I was expecting B12 to give me lot of energy because that it was so many people report, but that's now how it worked for me, unfortunately.

    Edit: Important! I recommend the methylcobalamin form of B12. The body has to covert other forms of B12 into methylcobalamin. Some people have problems with this, which is one reason why they may need extra B12. If you take the methylcobalamin form, your body doesn't need to convert it.
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    credo saidBulls**t.

    It's all in your head.


    Ba-dum-pish?! I'm such a dirty whore.

    ...and I hope you mean mcg, OP. My eyes almost fell out mah head.
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    Nov 24, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    NC3athlete saidAfter catching a bad cold a while back, I started taking vitamin B12 (5000mg per day, sublingually) on the advice of my mom, who found that it helped her regain her energy level and boost her immune respose following aggressive chemotherapy for cancer. She suggested it might be a way to stave off colds/flu this fall and winter.

    So far, so good--except I notice that one side effect is that my libido is totally jacked up. It's a good thing, generally, but can also be very frustrating. Anyone else find that taking vitamin B12 = increased sex drive?


    Take it up with the prescribing doctor.

    They are obviously educated and know the use of B-12 medicinally.... After all they prescribed it.
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    credo saidBulls**t.

    It's all in your head.


    Concur. Western diets are exceedingly rich in vitamin B12. Unless you've had the antrum of your stomach surgically removed (and all its parietal cells that produce intrinsic factor) or had the terminal ileum (the part of your small intestine where most B12 is absorbed) surgically removed, there is no reason you would be deficient in vitamin B12. As a water soluble vitamin, if your body doesn't need it, you will excrete excesses in your urine. In fact, you could stop all ingestion or supplementation (pills OR injections), and it would be years before any measurable depletion of your body's vitamin B12 could be measured. there are people who need supplementation due to very unusual metabolic disorders, but these are rare exceptions. and if you have the MTHFR mutatIon(s), only L-methylfolate supplementation will help.

    On the other hand, the placebo effect is a very powerful thing.
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Um isn't that illegal? I heard it also works as a steroid. Not good. I must research and synthesize a conclusive judgment to deem whether it is safe for one to take. And to later pass judgment on you for taking it.

    Haha.
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    likewatuc saidUm isn't that illegal? I heard it also works as a steroid. Not good. I must research and synthesize a conclusive judgment to deem whether it is safe for one to take. And to later pass judgment on you for taking it.

    Haha.


    Vitamin B12 is not a steroid.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steroid
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12



  • ohioguy12

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    Nov 24, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    Well B12 is known to increase blood flow, normally to your head, but I don't think it would be uncommon for it to create greater circulation to your penis too.
  • isomuscle

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    Nov 24, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    Your body actually has years worth of vitamin B12 stored up in it. As a vegetarian, I still end up getting B12 from dairy and egg sources. So even vegetarians don't need supplementation. Vegans on the other hand, may need supplementation after a few years as plant based sources are not plentiful.
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    Nov 24, 2011 3:59 AM GMT
    NC3athlete said
    So far, so good--except I notice that one side effect is that my libido is totally jacked up. It's a good thing, generally, but can also be very frustrating. Anyone else find that taking vitamin B12 = increased sex drive?

    Proposed Experiment: NC3athlete takes B12 whilst in same bed with me... if I get arroused, I'd say: SUCCESS!! icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 24, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    rightasrain said
    likewatuc saidUm isn't that illegal? I heard it also works as a steroid. Not good. I must research and synthesize a conclusive judgment to deem whether it is safe for one to take. And to later pass judgment on you for taking it.

    Haha.


    Vitamin B12 is not a steroid.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steroid
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12

    Yes but it aids in cell reproduction and tissue regeneration. Very similar characteristic to steroids. Steroids also implement vitamins in their structures. Ooh and it’s prescription only vitamin. Interesting. A very powerful vitamin.

    Regardless apparently using this without medical need is deemed not good. Be careful because like the saying goes too much of a good thing can be bad for you. And there are things such a vitamin poisoning. And with such a powerful chemical I can only imagine such things to be much graver.

    But um yes there are no confirmed symptoms of heightened libido. But then again everyone's biochemistry is different. That is why some people are able to fend things off better than others. So maybe your body reacted differently to the vitamin. Haha what a funny and convenient symptom. Haha icon_smile.gif
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    likewatuc said
    rightasrain said
    likewatuc saidUm isn't that illegal? I heard it also works as a steroid. Not good. I must research and synthesize a conclusive judgment to deem whether it is safe for one to take. And to later pass judgment on you for taking it.

    Haha.


    Vitamin B12 is not a steroid.
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steroid
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_B12

    Yes but it aids in cell reproduction and tissue regeneration. Very similar characteristic to steroids. Steroids also implement vitamins in their structures. Ooh and it’s prescription only vitamin. Interesting. A very powerful vitamin.

    Regardless apparently using this without medical need is deemed not good. Be careful because like the saying goes too much of a good thing can be bad for you. And there are things such a vitamin poisoning. And with such a powerful chemical I can only imagine such things to be much graver.

    But um yes there are no confirmed symptoms of heightened libido. But then again everyone's biochemistry is different. That is why some people are able to fend things off better than others. So maybe your body reacted differently to the vitamin. Haha what a funny and convenient symptom. Haha icon_smile.gif


    Steroids don't aid in 'tissue regeneration' unless they're anabolic. Not all steroids are anabolic. And vitamin B12 isn't 'prescription only'... you can buy it in pill form over the counter. And although you are right about 'too much of a good thing', vitamin B12 is generally well tolerated with few side effects, even in high doses. That doesn't mean you should waste your money buying it to take it as a 'supplement'.