High-dose vitamin regime may help slow Alzheimer's

March, 2003

A preliminary study suggests that a regime of high doses of folic acid, B12 and B6 reduces levels of homocysteine in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. A larger study, recruiting 400 participants from all over the U.S., is to be undertaken to assess whether such a vitamin regime can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. In the meantime, it is not advised that people take high doses of these vitamins, as there are possible side-effects, including peripheral nerve damage.

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[723] Bell K, Sano M, Aisen PS, Egelko S, Andrews H, Diaz-Arrastia R, Weiner M, DeCarli C, Jagust WJ, Miller JW, et al. A pilot study of vitamins to lower plasma homocysteine levels in Alzheimer disease. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: Official Journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry [Internet]. 2003 ;11(2):246 - 249. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12611755

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