Researchers Counter Study That Claims Vitamin B is Ineffective in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers Counter Study That Claims Vitamin B is Ineffective in Alzheimer’s Disease
shutterstock_152525405According to medical specialists, research published last year stating that Vitamin B does not prevent Alzheimer's disease is misleading, causing patients in early stages of the disease to miss out a potentially valuable treatment. Expert researchers and clinicians strongly criticized the previous study, saying that it is “inaccurate and misleading,” and are concerned that the claim can lead to negative effects on patients and biased future health policies and research funding. In a letter to the Editor Dr. Peter Garrard from the Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute at St. George's University of London noted that previous data from clinical trials revealing the potential effect of vitamin B-12 and folic acid as potential prevention treatment for dementia was not mentioned in last year's research downplaying the effectiveness of treating Alzheimer's with Vitamin B. Taking vitamin B has been found to lower the levels in the blood of homocysteine, a molecule that when in high concentrations acts as a risk factor for dementia. In the letter, Dr. Garrard explained that "the use of B vitamins confers both biological and neuropsychological benefits" in people who are older than 70 years and have experienced a recent cognitive decline. He further highlighted the need for a trial to test vitamin B as a potential treatment to avert cognitive
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