Questions Asked by the Tinnitus Community - Answers Provided by Arches President, Barry Keate

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Can you take too much Vitamin B?

Hi Barry,

My question is regarding B vitamins, and how they can be toxic. I have had doctors tell me that taking to many much B vitamins can cause permanent nerve damage. What amount of B vitamins do you have to take and for how long before they become toxic?

Respectfully submitted,

Hi Darrell,

Thanks for asking this question. It is a valid concern and not many people are aware of any toxic levels for B vitamins. B vitamins are essential in that they enable many of the basic functions of metabolism in the body.

Generally, B Vitamins are water soluble and flush through the body quickly. For this reason they need to be replenished on a daily basis. Most of the B vitamins are non-toxic at any level but there are some for which you should be careful.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) – At doses higher than 50 mg per day, skin flushing may occur with some forms of niacin. This is harmless and only lasts a few minutes. Arches uses niacinamide which generally does not cause flushing. Therapeutic doses of 1500 to 1600 mg per day can be used but with the risk of liver toxicity. Arches Tinnitus Stress Formula contains 100 mg.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – Diarrhea can occur at doses of 10 – 20 grams per day. Arches Stress Formula contains 100 mg.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – An acute toxic dosage has not been established but B6 may cause neurotoxicity at a dose of 300 to 500 mg per day. Arches Stress Formula contains 100 mg.

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) – Doses above 1000 mcg (micrograms) could conceal the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency in older people. Arches Tinnitus B12 Formula contains 400 mcg of methylfolate, a superior form of folic acid which does not need to be metabolized for absorption. It also contains 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12.

The B vitamin your doctor was most likely referring to is B6, which can cause nerve damage. However, Arches Stress Formula and most other companies B-complex vitamins have dosages well below the threshold level for any damage.

Wishing you quiet times,
Barry Keate

How can I buy Stress and B-12?

Arches Tinnitus Stress and B-12 Formulas™ can be purchased using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Novus/Discover Card) either through our Secure Online Order Page or by calling our toll free number at 1-800-486-1237. We also accept personal checks and money orders mailed to

Arches Natural Products, Inc.
2257 S. 1100 East, Ste 105
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
What are the ingredients of Stress and B-12 Formulas?

Stress Formula contains: Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hcl) 100 mg, Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 100 mg, Niacin (Niacinamide) 100 mg, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine Hcl) 100 mg, Folic Acid 400 mcg, Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin) 100 mcg, Vitamin C – 100 mg, Biotin 600 mcg, Pantothenic Acid (d.Calcium Pantothenate) 100 mg, Choline Bitatrate 100 mg, [1]Inositol 100 mg, [2]Bioflavonoid Complex 100 mg, *PABA (Para Amino Benzoic Acid) 100 mg.

[1] Percent Daily Values for adults and children over 4 years of age or older are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
[2] Daily Value not established.

B-12 Formula contains: 1000 mcg of Vitamin B-12 and 400 mcg of Folic Acid.

Are there any adverse drug or medication reactions?

No. Stress and B-12 Formulas ™ are necessary and important for proper functioning of bodily systems. They do not adversely interact with any prescription or over-the-counter medication. It is perfectly safe to continue use of any prescription medication with them.

Should I take Stress and B-12 continuously?

Yes. In order to gain maximum benefits, Tinnitus Stress and B-12 Formulas should be used on a regular basis.

Why do I need to take Arches Stress and B-12 Formulas?

B-complex vitamins vitamins while not directly reducing the tinnitus will support Tinnitus Relief Formula™ by providing increased energy, creating a sense of wellbeing and calming the nervous system. B-12 is known as the “energy vitamin” and is used frequently by health professionals to treat a wide variety of nervous disorders.

How much Stress and B-12 Formula should I take daily?

Because B-complex vitamins including B-12 cannot be stored in the body, it is important to take both on a daily basis. Dosage for Arches Tinnitus Stress Formula™ is two capsules daily. Arches Tinnitus B-12 Formula™ take one lozenge under the tongue every day. Due to the body’s inability to absorb B-12 when swallowed as a pill, it absorbed better when dissolved under the tongue sending it directly into the blood stream.

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