Thiamine Solgar vs Vitacost - Parkinson's Movement

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Thiamine Solgar vs Vitacost

tbirchf
tbirchf

My husband finished his first bottle of Solgar Thiamine, four 500mg tablets before breakfast and the same before lunch. He was doing fine but noticing little improvement. Today he tried Vitacost Thiamine at the same dosage, and it made him feel bad, jittery-like. Has anyone had this experience with Thiamine making you feel jittery or bad? I wonder if the Vitacost is actually stronger than the Solgar (Vitacost lists less additives) and if he should try reducing the dosage when he takes Vitacost (this is the dosage Dr. Constantini recommended to start). Thanks for your help!!

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Reducing the dose would be prudent. No reason not to -- as he can catch up in a week or 2.

tbirchf
tbirchf in reply to MBAnderson

Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

My personal thought would be to suggest he drops back to 500mg. More than that gives me vivid and agitated dreams. So far the 500mg seems to help.

tbirchf
tbirchf in reply to Astra7

Thank you for your help!

Astra, how many 500mg tablets each day do you take. ?

well i take 4000mg a day 1000mg 4 times a day plus my madopar meds.

Did you see any benefits so far?

Each patient has to find his own dosage which may depend on the severity of the disease. But Thiamin takes time to produce its effects. In my case : early stage PD and dosed at 2500mg, there was no improvement for 3 weeks. Then progressively my symptoms receded strongly, except for tremor. It may take longer for someone with more advanced disease.

I'm a newbie to Thiamine, so I can't answer your question. I'm wondering if you can answer mine. Is Solgar - Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) , water soluble?

RoyProp
RoyProp in reply to KLDA

Yes

KLDA
KLDA in reply to RoyProp

Thank You RoyProp, I asked because it is a less expensive than Vitacost Thiamine HCL.

RoyProp
RoyProp in reply to KLDA

Vitacost are so much easier to swallow. So easy I swallow 4 at one time.

KLDA
KLDA in reply to RoyProp

Swallowing is definitely a consideration.

tbirchf
tbirchf in reply to KLDA

Yes, and I guess that is why you can take high doses, since the excess will just be flushed out of your system.

I am in the supplement business and essential all thiamine HCL is the same. A capsule will be absorbed more quickly than a tablet typically and that can account for some minor differences in activity.

The main differences in thiamine are the molecular forms. Commercially 3 are readily available; thiamine HCl, Benfotiamine and Solbutiamine. The latter appears to have the most potential for neurology.

tbirchf
tbirchf in reply to Jandeb

Thank you for your informative reply. I really appreciate the info, and that makes sense the reason my husband got jittery when he switched from tablets to capsules was the absorption rate. He cut back from four 500 mg capsules twice a day to three twice a day and that relieved the problem. Now he has switched to the powder form and is trying to increase the dosage a bit to determine to see how that makes him feel. He is taking 1 tsp twice a day before meals, which should be equivalent to 4 g per day and feeling good. That is the dosage Dr. Constantini recommended.

Working in the supplement business, how do you feel about supplements like thiamine and Parkinsons as far as relieving symptoms? I am trying to get my husband to switch gradually from carbo/leva to mucuna pruriens but he overdosed the first time we tried it and he does not want to go through that again!

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