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Could a combination of the vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid be first effective “drug” to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease? The concept looks promising. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published information about a study on aging volunteers that has demonstrated how this combination of B vitamins has, in their trials, slowed atrophy of gray matter in brain areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In the words of senior study author A. David Smith, professor emeritus of pharmacology at Oxford University in England, “It’s a big effect, much bigger than we would have dreamt of.”
According to an article on BloombergBusinessweek.com, volunteers for the PNAS study were given either a placebo or a combination of 0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of vitamin B6 and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid. At the start of the trial, the participant’s brains were scanned using magnetic-resonance imagi...
Generic Name: VITAMIN B COMPLEX - ORAL B Complex-Vitamin B12 Oral Precautions
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vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia)
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Alternative Names Macrocytic anemia Treatment Treatment depends on the cause of B12 deficiency anemia. Pernicious anemia requires lifelong vitamin B12 replacement, most often using injections. Some patients can get enough supplementation with high-dose tablets of oral vitamin B12. People with anemia due to a lack of dietary vitamin B12 may be told to take vitamin supplements and follow a more balanced diet. Treatment may start with vitamin B12 injections. Anemia caused by poor digestion and absorption is treated with vitamin B12 injections until the condition improves. These shots are given every day and then every week at first, and then every month. Many people may need these shots once a month for the rest of their life. The shots may no longer be needed after Crohn's disease, celiac disease, or alcoholism is properly treated. Support Groups Expectations (prognosis) Treatment for this form of anemia is usually effective. Any damage to nerves may be permanent, especially if treatment is not st...
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