Vitamin B-50 is a complex of supplements, including B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, biotin and folic acid; the most often recommended dose is 50 mg for each component. They are considered best ingested together and therefore are combined in one pill. Many and varied claims exist for the efficacy of the B-50 complex. Among the most common are that the vitamin group is essential for the body's enzyme systems, that it regulates the metabolism, supplies energy, keeps the nervous system balanced and regulates the endocrine system.
B-50 supplements tend to include 400 mcg of folic acid, 0.05 mg of biotin, 50 mcg of B-12 and 50 mg of the other B vitamins.
Among the claims for positive results from taking B-50 are that it lessens the effects of alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease and attention deficit disorders. Reduction in chronic fatigue, chronic pain, neurological disorders like MS as well as difficulties from canker sores to muscle cramps are also claimed.
Other than bright yellow, pungent-smelling urine, there are few notable side effects from taking the recommended amount of B-50. Nausea and skin flushing can sometimes occur. Elevation of mood is one possible side effect; the complex should not be taken by people with bipolar disorders who take a mood leveler as part of their treatment.
Taken under a doctor's supervision, there is little likelihood of interaction between B-50 and other drugs. If B-50 is taken with other supplements, there might be a multiplying effect, which is a concern. Also, certain antibiotics and anti-seizure medications may interact adversely with B-50.
Many of the body's natural processes require an adequate intake of B vitamins. Along with the benefits cited above, the vitamins help with the natural release of energy from foods and help with digestion. Proper amounts of B vitamins can lead to healthy hair, skin and nails.
An adequate diet should have all the necessary components for your body. The primary remedy for deficient vitamin intake is adopting a well-rounded diet. Special conditions may arise, such as pregnancy, stress, lack of sleep or inability of the body to process vitamins adequately; in these cases, extra supplements can be helpful. But experimenting with vitamin supplements without proper medical advice may not result in a desired healthy effect.