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Author Topic: Certain Foods or Vitamins cause; Mental Confusion; Can this be true?  (Read 6186 times)

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Offline TheRoof

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This past summer, my body went through a lot of changes with my brain. I suffered from a lot of brain fog and apathy. The feeling was with me through most of summer. It was bad, I voluntarily entered into a hospital.
They put me on "Dextro-Amphetamine" (It's like Adderal); few weeks after. It has had a "moderate" success on me. Some of my mental fog had Disappeared, my brain cognitive-function has become a little  better. During the time I suffered from "Mental Confusion" I was taking a lot of vitamins such as iron, multi-vitamin, fish-oil. Since I stopped taking my vitamins (mostly due to lack of adherence) my brain-fog went away..! -- Could certain vitamins or foods cause mental confusion / brain - fog?
For a while I thought it was the HIV causing it, but as soon as I stopped taking the Vitamins my brain (For the first time in MONTHS could actually think clearly)

My question is, are there certain foods / supplements which "may" cause brain fog?
Also are there any foods / supplements that HELP with mental awareness, and keep you awake? (Besides coffee and energy drinks)
« Last Edit: October 08, 2011, 01:54:02 PM by TheRoof »

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Certain Foods or Vitamins cause; Mental Confusion; Can this be true?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 01:53:43 PM »
I'm sure that Newt or others will have information to provide....

I don't think it is out of the question that certain vitamins, supplements, and/or minerals could cause brain fog or other adverse reactions.

I know that most HIV medications warn against taking St. John's wart.  There are probably a variety of things that can result from either the use of one or more of the above - either alone or in combination - and depending on the meds you are on, dosage of the above being taken, and your own body's make-up.

I look forward to hearing the responses you get and I'm glad that you seem to be getting over the mental fog.

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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Certain Foods or Vitamins cause; Mental Confusion; Can this be true?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 08:57:17 PM »
It is worthwhile to tell your doctor what vitamins you were taking and see if he is aware of interactions.  But if not, just start them back one per week and listen to your body.

BTW, men usually should not take extra iron.  The reason that they had special men's vitamin tablets was initially because women need iron whereas it can give men heart and liver problems.
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Offline TheRoof

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Re: Certain Foods or Vitamins cause; Mental Confusion; Can this be true?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2011, 01:44:05 PM »
Mental fog for me was Hell. No stress or “event” in my life  compares to being apathetic. Do you guys know the old saying “The opposite of Love is Not Hate, It’s Apathy” I strongly believe that.
The problem is; I don’t have emotion. Apathy is the perfect word to describe how I feel a lot of the time. Like my brain is “numb” that’ is the best way to describe it.


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