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...
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There have been headlines over and over about how acid reflux medications can affect bone health. Now research is also indicating that these types of medications may also cause deficiencies of vitamin B-12 . Vitamin B-12 keeps the body's nerve and blood cells healthy, makes DNA and prevents megaloblastic anemia. In order for the body to adequately absorb B-12, there has to be hydrochloric acid present in the stomach. The reduction of this acid by acid reflux medications can cause a deficiency. Symptoms of B-12 deficiency are tiredness, weakness, constipation, loss of appetite or tingling in the extremities. Deficiencies of B-12 should be treated quickly because it can cause permanent nerve damage even in those who do not go on to develop anemia. Due to the lack of acid present in the stomach of those on PPI medications, oral supplementation of B-12 may not be as effective as other methods. Nasal gels or, more frequently, B-12 shots can help to correct a defic...
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