Q: I live in Alberta, I can‘t seem to find Vitamin B1 or any of the other recommended supplements suggested. Does anyone know where I can get these from in Alberta Canada ? Debbie. A: Dear Debbie, thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend any specific brand of the protective supplements. You‘ll need to decide which kind suits your budget and needs the best. Your best bet would be to use the Canadian Amazon shop to find these products. It's up to you to make the decision on what you like and trust, we believe that there are many quality supplement brands out there. 1) Vitamin B1: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Vitamin+B1&ref=nb_sb_noss_2. (buy Benfotiamine if possible), 2) Alpha-lipoic acid: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Alpha+lipoic+acid&ref=nb_sb_noss_2., 3) Acetyl L-Carnitine: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Acetyl+L-Carnitine.&ref=nb_sb_noss. Like mentioned previously, if you have the opportunity, try taking Benfotiamine as your primary choice of Vitamin B1. It seems to have a stronger neuroprotective effect than Thiamine against DCA adverse reactions. You will also need to take two times lower doses of Vitamin B1.
Q: What is the beginning daily dosage of DCA for a person weighing 220lbs? (BMI ideal weight 183-185bs)? How much Vitimin B1 and how often? Thank you, Charles. A: Hello, Charles. All of your answers are also answered in these pages: DCA dosage and usage (Long guide) and Methods and supplements for preventing DCA side effects . However, we will give you additional clarification on your specific situation. For someone who is 220 lbs, first try out 15 mg/kg. This mean should start with 1500 mg daily. For the first cycle (two weeks on, one week off) take 1500 mg of DCA (750 mg after or with breakfast and 750 mg after or with dinner). Take this for two weeks and then stop taking DCA for one week. Then, if you feel okay after the first cycle, move on to a larger dose: 25 mg / kg. Take DCA 1000 mg two times a day: 1000 mg with breakfast, 1000 mg with dinner. Don‘t forget to take Vitamin B1 (thiamine) three times a day: 100 mg in the morning, then 100 mg with lunch and 100 mg at dinner. If you can get hold of benfotiamine (a better version of Vitamin B1), take it in the same fashion, but 150 mg in three divided doses. It would be great if you could add Alpha-lipoic acid to your plan. Alpha-lipoic acid - take 300 mg with breakfast, 300 mg with lunch and 300 mg with dinner (total 900 mg daily). As with Vitamin B1, take it every day with no breaks. Consider adding L-Carnitine to your DCA regimen. Your total plan should look like: 1) DCA 1000 mg two times a day: 1000 mg with breakfast, 1000 mg with dinner. Take it daily for two full weeks, then take a break of one week. Repeat. 2) Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) - take 100 mg with breakfast, 100 mg with lunch and 100 mg with dinner. Benfotiamine is an even better form of Vit. B1 if you find it (then take 150 mg divided in three parts daily). Take every day, with no breaks. 3) Alpha-lipoic acid - take 300 mg with breakfast, 300 mg with lunch and 300 mg with dinner (total 900 mg daily). Take every day, with no breaks.