By Barry Keate
Barry Keate, has lived with tinnitus over 40 years and has published 150+ research articles on numerous aspects of tinnitus. He is an expert on the condition and a well-known advocate for those with tinnitus.
A daily complex of B vitamins can improve your mood and fight tinnitus stress
“Most B-complex vitamins cannot be stored in the body and must be replaced daily from food sources or supplements. B vitamins help maintain healthy skin, eyes, muscle tone and support the functions of the liver and central nervous system. They are also extremely important in helping to deal with depression, stress and anxiety. The variety of B vitamins are normally taken together but occasionally one B vitamin is used to treat a particular disorder. Deficiency in B vitamins can result in weakness, low blood counts, skin and hair problems, nervousness, poor night vision, tinnitus and hearing loss.Vitamin B-complex supplements appear to be effective in some patients with tinnitus by providing a stabilizing effect on the nerves.“ Michael Seidman, M.D., F.A.C.S
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine)
Some patients have noted that vitamin B-1 supplements relieve their tinnitus. The mechanism of action seems to be via a stabilization of the nervous system, especially in the inner ear. Daily dosages ranging from 100 to 500 mg have been used.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin, Niacinamide, nicotinic acid)
Vitamin B-3 is essential for the proper breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Vitamin B-3 also supports circulation, healthy skin, and aids in the functioning of the central nervous system. There is no accepted standard niacin dosing for tinnitus. Typically, though, I recommend beginning at 50 mg twice per day. If there is no improvement after two weeks, the dose is increased by 50 mg at each interval to a maximum dose of 500 mg twice per day. If there is no appreciable response in 3-4 months, then it is not likely that niacin will be of benefit.There is no clinical proof for the effectiveness of niacin in treating tinnitus. However, there are numerous anecdotal reports of response to niacin to treat tinnitus.
Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine)
Vitamin B-6 is water soluble and cannot be stored in the body. It is involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and in the manufacturing of hormones, red blood cells and enzymes. Vitamin B-6 is also required for the production of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that controls our moods, appetite, sleep patterns and sensitivity to pain.3Supplemental vitamin B-6 is used as a treatment for nausea, morning sickness, depression and tinnitus.
Vitamin B-12 (methylocobalamin)
There may be some correlation between the decline in vitamin B-12 levels and the increasing prevalence of tinnitus in the elderly. Also, a study by Shemesh, et al., showed a high prevalence (47%) of vitamin B-12 deficiency in patients with chronic tinnitus. This deficiency was more widespread and severe in the tinnitus group that was associated with noise exposure. This suggests a relationship between vitamin B-12 deficiency and dysfunction of the auditory pathway. Supplemental B-12 was found to provide some relief in several patients with severe tinnitus. Because B-12 is poorly absorbed when consumed, a suggested daily dose is 1000 mcg. Vitamin B-12 is better absorbed if it is dissolved under the tongue and best absorbed if it is given by injection. Our B-12 is in the form of methlycobalamin is the most absorbable form of the vitamin.
A clinical study published in Noise Health examined the role of Vitamin B12 in the treatment of chronic tinnitus. A total of 40 tinnitus patients were enrolled with half receiving injections of Vitamin B12 and the other half receiving placebo. It was determined that 42.5% (17) of the total patients were B12 deficient. The patients with B12 deficiency showed significant improvement in tinnitus after Vitamin B12 therapy compared with placebo and further provides a link between B12 deficiency, thereby suggestive of a therapeutic role of of B12 in patients deficient in the vitamin (1)
Folic Acid (folate)
Folic acid is a water soluble nutrient belonging to the B-complex family that seems to have a stabilizing effect on the nervous system. This might explain the anecdotal evidence regarding the supplementation of folic acid in certain patients to alleviate their tinnitus. The dosages range from 400 to 800 mcg per day and usually required two to four months to achieve results.
Arches Tinnitus Stress Formula® Ingredients
- Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin Hcl) 100 mg
- Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 100 mg
- Vtiamin B-3 (Niacinamide) 100 mg
- Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine Hcl) 100 mg
- Pantothenic Acid 100 mg
- Choline Bitatrate 100 mg
Arches Tinnitus B-12 Formula® Ingredients
- Vitamin B-12 (methylocobalamin) 1000 mcg
- Folic Acid 400 mcg
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1 – Singh C. Kawatra R, et.al. Therapeutic Role of Vitamin B12 in Patients of Chronic Tinnitus: A Pilot Study. Noise Health. 2016 Mar-Apr; 18(81): 93-97.