Found a Set of Supplements That Reduced Tinnitus by More Than 70%

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by Nick M, Apr 4, 2019.

    1. Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Hello everyone. Some of you may have stumbled upon my previous post here regarding my tinnitus being gone with some ear drops I purchased at the grocery store. Well, most of you who said it was a placebo were in fact correct and the tinnitus returned the 2nd day with vengeance. I continued to research success stories on this forum as well as YouTube.

      I came across a YouTube video of an army vet who had pretty bad tinnitus and mentioned his Chinese wife came up with a list of supplements for him which reduced his tinnitus significantly. When he listed the items, they were all things I had either heard of or tried at one point or another. In fact, I had everything but one of the items at home. The only difference was that I had never tried to combine more than one supplement. I had tried Ginkgo Biloba alone with no results, I had tried Turmeric alone with no results. Maybe the results were there but they were not significant enough to recognize?

      I have been taking this for one full week now. I didn't want to jump the gun like my previous post about the drops so I decided to give this a try for a week to make sure my results were lasting. I'm super excited to say that I feel at least a 70% decline in tinnitus during the past week. Not only has the tinnitus declined significantly but my hearing and hyperacusis have also improved. This morning I shook a pill bottle and felt no stabbing sensation in my head from the noise so I'm 100% positive it's working. I have had worsening tinnitus and hyperacusis for the past several months and now I feel like it has reversed the worsening trend and put me back to about a year ago when I had light intermittent tinnitus and no hyperacusis.

      So here is what I am taking. I slightly modified it from the YouTube video I watched based on what I already had at home and by no am I taking credit for this. If you try this, you should hear results by day #2. If you get no results, it will most likely not work for you. My tinnitus seems to be highly related to inflammation of the middle/inner ear.

      • 240mg (2 pills) Ginko Biloba (I have the Nutricost brand from Amazon)
      • 1950mg (1 pill) Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine (Nature's nutrition brand from Amazon)
      • 400mg (1 pill) Turmeric with Garlic, Hawthorn, Pomegranate (Nature's Way Turmerich Heart brand from Amazon)
      • 10mg Vinpocetine (Vitamine Shoppe brand)
      • 2 tsp Natural Calm Magnesium Powder (Natural Vitality brand)

      I take all this daily before bedtime. I mix the Natural Calm with water and use it to wash down the other supplements. I have not felt any side effects from this so far but I will continue to monitor it. It's nothing crazy or overly in excess so I feel pretty safe taking them. I plan to add Bioflavonoids to this as well next week to see if it improves even more but so far it has been an excellent week. I actually forgot about my tinnitus a couple of days because it wasn't there. The worst level of tinnitus while on this was day #3 and I would rate it at a level 3. The remaining days were either 0, 1 or 2 in intensity. I also noticed the tone of my tinnitus is more of a constant pure tone rather than a fluctuating one so this also helps overall.

      I will report back in a week. Feel free to ask me any questions you'd like and good luck!
       
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    2. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Retrovile
      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      Ever tried the Tonaki Tinnitus Protocol? Do you have thought's on that.
       
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      Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Never heard of it. I'm assuming it's mental training/habituation exercises? My mental ability to deal with health related issues is quite weak based on my observed failures in the past. I'm also a super anxious and nervous person and have difficulty gaining any ground mentally. I know they say mind over body but I have never been there :dunno:
       
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @Nick M
      Wishing you continued success!
      Let us know how it goes.
       
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      Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Hello Everyone!

      I wanted to update you on my progress with these supplements so far. I wanted to give it more time to make sure the results I got were accurate.

      Well I'm super happy to say that these supplements are helping me a great deal. In the almost one and a half weeks since my last post, I have only had one day that my tinnitus spiked above a level 5 and that was the day I got very little sleep. The spike lasted less than 12 hours and was gone the following morning. My spikes would usually last a week or more so this is a huge improvement. The remaining days I would rate my tinnitus at a levels 0-2. It has not even got close to my threshold where my anxiety and stress get out of control which is all that is important. Due to the absence in anxiety, my overall mood has got so much better the last couple of weeks. I was in constant fight or flight mode and this was feeding the tinnitus even more.

      If my tinnitus levels stay like this forever, I can easily cope with it. The greatest change I've got from these supplements is consistency. I can cope with something that is consistent from day to day. If I have consistent tinnitus at these levels I can easily habituate and I actually believe I have since my mood and mental state are completely back to where they were before I had tinnitus so in a sense this level of tinnitus is not an issue for me. The main problem with my tinnitus was that one day it was an 11, the next day it was a 5, the following day it was head tinnitus only, the next day it was distinctly from one side so all these changes made it impossible for me to deal with it. Just the unknown of how my tinnitus would be tomorrow would cause anxiety.

      Here are some of the changes I've noticed in the past several weeks:
      • The decibel level has reduced 90+%
      • The pitch has changed from a random cricket-like fluctuation between 10-14 kHz to a pure tone of maybe 3-4 kHz at a very low decibel level.
      • My reactive tinnitus is 100% gone. External sounds mask my tinnitus completely. I can only notice it in silence.
      • My hyperacusis is 90% gone. The sound of my crying toddler no longer bothers me.
      • I can no longer notice my asymmetric hearing. I had my scheduled hearing test at my audiologist and my hearing loss in both of my ears were less than 10 dB. I believe the intensity of my tinnitus was causing my asymmetric hearing. Now that the tinnitus is mostly gone, I no longer have this sensation.
      The negative people can laugh all you want and whether it's a placebo or not I don't care because going on almost 4 weeks now I've seen huge improvement in all these areas.

      The supplements I listed in my first post are still the ones I'm taking. I experimented with adding bioflavonoids and I felt like this caused more of a negative effect than a positive one so I stopped after taking it for two days. I also upped the dosage of the Ginkgo Biloba to 3 pills (360mg). The rest is the same.

      I'll chime in again in about two weeks to give another update (for better or worse).
       
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    6. Quiet please
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @Nick M
      Yay! So glad this is working for you. Since this protocol has shown improvement in the last two weeks, I think you’re on to something that just might continue to help with your particular Tinnitus situation. I also know that what might help one person, may not help another. Such is life. This will never stop me from trying and my hats off to you! To the naysayers, until you try, you really have no way of “knowing” what will work for you or someone else or not. If you tried this and it didn’t work; don’t hate. Just try something else. Or not. If you can habituate, good for you! But no need to put down a person who’s trying to help themselves. I’ve had severe Tinnitus for almost 11 years and until the day I die, I will never give up. I also can’t help but admire those who don’t give up either. I always wish them good luck on their particular journey.
       
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    7. Tony Phylactou

      Tony Phylactou Member

      Location:
      Limassol
      Tinnitus Since:
      Low 20 years high sept 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cement factory noise lowT,then stress high T
      I'm happy for you that it works. Was your tinnitus caused by infection? Will it work for noise induced tinnitus? Waiting to hear from other people who tried it.
       
    8. Iowa54
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      Iowa54 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012 possibly 2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Band practice/shooting incident.
      Link to your first post?
       
    9. just1morething
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      just1morething Member Benefactor

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma, noise exposure, TMJ, neck?
      @Nick M
      I have an awful static I wake up to every morning. Glad you are doing well on your concoction of supplements. I will try them and see if I can get some good results. My noise is beyond annoying.

      What YouTube video did you watch?
       
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    10. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      Those results are SO impressive! Well done!

      I’m getting so jealous of your results, I’m anxious to try it myself! But I’m starting with Ginkgo Biloba and Morus Fruit Tablets today, on advise from my acupuncturist. And when I sent him your list with your results, he advised to start with the GB and fruit tablets first, and have this as a backup if these do not work. Hmm. Let’s hope they work, then...

      Although my tinnitus (reactive) and hyperacusis started with noise exposure, it changed drastically after three months. I’m guessing this is due to TMJ inflammation? I don’t know, but your symptoms sound a lot like mine.

      So still anxious to order these... already had them in my Amazon cart, when it said they don’t ship to The Netherlands.

      I did start to take 2 tablets of Ginkgo, as I saw this equals 240mg as well, as based on your list. Let’s see what it will do...
       
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      Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Good words. I think my profession as a computer programmer puts me in a situation to try to solve the problem by all means without giving up. It boggles my mind seeing people just sitting around with tinnitus waiting for a miracle to come out by a third party to solve their problems. I hope this miracle comes out one day but there's no way in hell I'm sitting around waiting for it!

      Yes it was. Prednisone appears to help reduce or eliminate my tinnitus which points to the cause being from inflammation. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties so I believe this is helping me. The YouTube video I watched was from a war vet who had noise induced tinnitus and this helped him so it may work for noise induced tinnitus but I wouldn't know since mine was caused by infection.

      Tinnitus is so relative. If I wake up with what you describe as awful static, I would consider it a good day. A bad day for me is waking up with 50+dB 10-13kHz piercing tinnitus. I can deal with low pitched tinnitus, it's the high pitched tinnitus that causes my fight or flight mode. The YouTube video I watched:
      Tinnitus? This May Change Your Life!


      Just a note that I had tried taking a single supplement at a time with no success. The supplements I tried alone were Ginkgo, Turmeric and Bioflavonoids with no success. It's when I combined many of these together that I noticed the change.

      Just want to say that if this works for you, all credit should go to the author of the YouTube video I came across and not me. I did change some things slightly based on what I had I home and whatnot but the initial recipe came from the author.
       
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    12. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      O.K., this convinced me to just order it all through Holland & Barrett. I’m not patient with this anymore. So let’s bring on the heavy stuff and see what happens!

      Also noticed several success stories in the comments below the video from those who have it purely from noise exposure, which helped in my decision making.
       
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    13. Quiet please
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @Nick M

      I have ordered most the supplements, but have a question. Is it necessary to order both the Turmeric /Cucurman 1000mg w Biopetine AND the Turmerich heart formula?

      The heart formula has additional Turmeric plus garlic, Hawthorne, Co-Q 10 & Black pepper. Did you get that as well? I’m just concerned it’s a bit to much Turmeric.
      Thank you!
       
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      Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      Yes I take both. I have not had any issues with taking these two together. The YouTube author uses one with vinpocetine but I already had turmeric with black pepper so I bought the vinpocetine separately. The vinpocetine has also helped with focus and less brain fog so that’s another benefit.

      Let us know how it goes please. I’m looking forward to see how this goes for you guys. I’m still doing great with these.
       
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    15. Bndsmheowqhe

      Bndsmheowqhe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure
      I saw this video last week and wondered if it worked. The guy seemed sincere about it.
       
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    16. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      Actually, the vinoocetine was in the Gingko Biloba, if I recall correctly. I also ordered this separately, since I already have Gingko without it.

      I was also confused, but decided to buy both, just to be on the safe side. The one is the turmeric itself, the other one (curcumin) is an abstract of it.
       
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    17. erik
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      erik Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012 or earlier?
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      I am glad this regiment worked for you. I was not as fortunate. Reading these posts on this thread brought back memories because I literally spent years researching and testing (on myself) all of these exact supplements (some of the most obscure available) and dozens more. I charted my progress on spreadsheets, graphs and even wrote my own app for tracking my progress. I tested supplements in every way imaginable such as with food, without food, different times of the day, different dosages, different brands within the same subtypes, with prescription meds, etc. Add to this all the alternative therapies like acupuncture and reiki - I spent thousands of dollars.

      Today, I still have tinnitus and none of those supplements or mixtures of supplements really helped. Some like 5-HTP greatly improved my depression and anxiety to the point where I could drop my Prozac and Lexipro and never return to them to this day.

      The only solid thing that worked in the end for coping with my tinnitus was the passage of time and an excellent CBT therapist to challenge and learn coping strategies for my negative thinking.

      I am not saying don't stop trying. Some of us are wired to never give up. I am one of them. I still would like a chance to rid myself of tinnitus one day but I don't believe the answer is in supplements.

      Lately, I have been experimenting with cannabis and different types and sources of CBD from cannabis and hemp from full spectrum to broad, pure isolated cannabidiol, mixing different solutions of CBD with THC, sativa's and indica's with CBD tinctures and oils from different strains and charting my progress along the way. I have extracted oils from flower, stems and leaves. I have also experimented with different delivery methods into my body to which I will not go into great details. Being that I am also in this industry, makes it easier for me to acquire these materials.

      I have yet to find the magic combination or dosage for tinnitus but I have been able to reduced it significantly at times. Also, I do not need to take my epilepsy seizure meds any longer. So in that respect, it is a success.

      I do wish you continued success and for others to find what works best for them. We are all different and there are likely unique solutions we benefit from, from our own discoveries. Keep up the faith and the good fight.
       
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    18. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      I guess I’m still in the naive phase. Still, just ordering these made me feel better. I think it’s for the most part the feeling that you’re actively working for a solution. Even if it doesn’t work, that hope you feel until you find out, brightens the days in between.

      Plus, it would be an awful shame if this concoction would be giving me those same results, but I wouldn’t try it. I also have reactive tinnitus, hyperacusis, comparable to @Nick M, and those results he describes sound like heaven. We shall see :).
       
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      Nick M

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      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      I don’t think I’ve tried nearly as much as you have since I’ve had tinnitus for just under two years now but I can tell you that so far that taking these supplements gives me the same results as prednisone and we all know that steroids are not a drug you can take permanently. In the past month, I’ve never had results like this so far and I’ve tried quite a bit of stuff. Cannabis just amplified my tinnitus 3 fold immediately after I tried it and it gives me bad paranoia so that was that.

      There is no magic bullet that works for everyone as I’m the first to admit that. Even the medical grade tinnitus solutions you may pay thousands for may not work for you. All you could do is keep trying until hopefully you find something that works for you. Who knows maybe these supplements will stop working for me down the road. If that happens I’ll be sharing them here like I shared the other stuff that failed.

      So far keeping my fingers crossed. Even if the tinnitus comes back but the hyperacusis doesn’t I’ll be happy. Hyperacusis is far more annoying for me than tinnitus and I feel that my hyperacusis has had more improvement than tinnitus as I would rate my hyperacusis as completely gone. Tinnitus is about 60-70% improved to the point where I can finally get on with my life.

      I hope everyone who tried has the same or better success than me. Keep us posted
       
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @Nick M,
      Ok, thank you. I will order the last supplement & try this regime as outlined in the video. I’ll post my results. Good luck to us all.
       
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    21. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      Will do the same, good luck to you as well!
       
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    22. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      It would be a shame indeed, but what most people fail to see is that there is a risk of making things worse. Just because something is branded "natural" doesn't mean it's safe. Supplements are known to have potential harmful interactions and should be taken with care, like any other drugs.

      Good luck!
       
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @GregCA,
      I hear ya! I’m taking this possibility into consideration and it is a mild concern. BUT, I have very severe tinnitus. Nothing; absolutely nothing has helped and the alternative until a cure is found is to stay utterly miserable and frankly; inconsolable because I can’t seem to habituate no matter how hard I’ve tried. My tinnitus is an obnoxiously loud fire alarm going off in my head 24-7 and it just doesn’t give me a second of peace. It will be 11 years come May 5th. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

      Yes; I know I sound desperate because I am. I’m not ashamed to admit it. The alternative in my case is death. But I have a close family who love me, so until it’s my time to go naturally, I’m can’t be selfish and hurt my loved ones by leaving on my own. I meant it when I said I will try anything until the day I die. So wish me luck!
       
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    24. TheDanishGirl
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      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      That sounds amazing! Can you tell me more of this 5-HTP? I googled it and found out it adds to the production of Serotonin, but I have heard that SSRI antidepressants can make tinnitus worse because of working on Serotonin, so wouldn't 5-HTP have the risk of worsening tinnitus?
       
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      Nick M

      Nick M Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      The reason why tinnitus is so hard to cure is because it has very little to zero pattern of treatment results from person to person. I've heard SSRIs help some and make it worse for others. Prednisone works for me but I've heard it makes it worse or has even caused tinnitus for some. Bioflavonoids even though not a pharma drug apparently does help some to varying degrees but the many times I've tried it whether it be a couple days or a whole month, it has made my tinnitus worse every time. Coffee appears to make tinnitus worse for some but seems to slightly improve my tinnitus when I drink it regularly. Chocolate (especially dark) causes serious havoc on my tinnitus. It's a strange beast.
       
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    26. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      I am aware of this, and I think I'll start out slow. I've taken Ginkgo before, but it doesn't seem to do anything (just like with @Nick M), but I haven't taken Turmeric before, so I'll try that out on itself, see if it does something. Then both, maybe, and another ingredient separate.

      I also notice that literally everything can make my tinnitus/hyperacusis both better or worse. Of every type of supplement, there are examples of people making their tinnitus worse with it, and those that say it made them better. And my audiologist says I need to expose myself to sounds, to readjust, but in the moment that makes it worse, and I need to trust it'll get better later. But sitting in silence hasn't been giving me results, and just listening to my tinnitus makes it worse as well.

      So I can either lean back, wait for time to heal, or try things.

      So far I haven't seen any 'this mix made it worse for me' reactions, in the comments section of the video. Just several 'it worked' reactions, and a lot of, 'I'll get back to you's'. I do think those that said they'd get back, and never did - it didn't work for them, they either forgot about it, or are still on the program waiting till it affects them. If it made it worse, they probably would've gone back to complain or warn others.

      And yes, I might also be the first to make it worse for me. But that's why I'll start slow, see what happens.
       
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    27. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      Just read this elsewhere on the forum, which explains why you should take both!
       
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    28. Bambam0
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      Bambam0 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Rock N Roll
      After using 3mg Melatonin to correct my sleep this is basically the combo I take everyday. All of these supps are good for you anyway except there are a few studies that show Ginkgo to be potentially adverse. It keeps my tinnitus "in check," which means I go about my days largely unaffected by it. FWIW I couple this with 20ish miles of running a week and 3-4 days of lifting.

      I take 60mg Ginko (Tebonin) + 1,000mg Curcumin (BCN-95) 2x daily
      I take 2,000mg Omega 3 in the AM
      I take 400mg Mag Glycinate + 200mg L-theanine in the PM
      NAC a few times a week or after noise exposure
       
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      Quiet please Member

      Location:
      Westchester County, NY
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I can only guess
      @Nick M
      Thanks! Makes sense. I placed my order. It will be here Wednesday. Pleased to try this!
       
    30. Bob den Hartog

      Bob den Hartog Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noice induced
      I received several of the supplements just now, and started taking my first curcumin capsule. I wanted to make sure it doesn't spike anything, so just this, not combined with anything other. See if this doesn't give any negative effects on its own.

      P.S. I didn't really trust the plastic looking capsules at first, so I thought I'd cut it open and put it in a glass of water. Let's just say, if you've always wanted to have persistently yellow hands, this is the way to do it!
       
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