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B - Complex High Potency Vitamins play an important role in mood, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention and immunity.

Folic Acid and other B vitamins seem even more of a wonder drug than anyone suspected: Already known to prevent severe birth defects and heart attacks, they may also ward off broken bones from osteoporosis, two major studies suggest.

B vitamins are known to reduce levels of homocysteine, an amino acid already linked, at high levels, to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and Alzheimer's disease. Now research shows high levels of homocysteine at least double the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures.

A report from Holland found that the risk of such fractures was twice as high in men and women with homocysteine levels in the top 25 per cent, compared with those with lower levels. Similarly, a U.S. study found the risk nearly quadrupled in the top 25 per cent of men and nearly doubled in the top 25 per cent of women, compared with the 25 per cent with the lowest levels. The basic way to keep your homocysteine down in a healthy range is to have plenty of B vitamins.

The amino acid homocysteine may damage the brain, according to a study by researchers in the Netherlands. Previous research found an association between excess amounts of homocysteine and coronary artery disease.

In the latest study, researchers used neuropsychological exams to assess cognitive function in 345 people with coronary artery disease. They also assessed vascular damage and risk factors. The investigators found that high levels of homocysteine were associated with lower performance in tests of memory, attention, visual perception, and construction.

"In patients with vascular disease, elevated levels of [homocysteine] were related to a lower performance in cognitive function, even after adjustment for possible variables such as intima-media [artery wall] thickness and site of manifestation of vascular disease," the authors of the study wrote. One possible explanation for this, they said, is that homocysteine has a direct neurotoxic effect on the brain.

B vitamins are what protect our body from the free radical damage of stress. They are also vital to healthy hair, skin and teeth. Because they are water soluble, they are excreted quickly from the body making supplementation very important.

The American Heart Association is recommending in a science advisory an increased dietary intake of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid to meet the RDAs for individuals with elevated homocysteine levels and a history of heart disease. Plasma levels of these vitamins are inversely related to levels of homocysteine.

Most B complex pills are very large, hard to swallow and smelly. Femhealth's B Complex is a small, easy to swallow vegetarian caplet with a sweet scent.

CANCER: Folic Acid and vitamin B-12 help the body convert homocysteine to methionine; that amino acid helps maintain the genes that prevent cells from turning cancerous. In theory, an inadequate supply of B vitamins will reduce methionine and, in turn, increase the risk of cancer.

MIND AND MOOD: The body needs folic acid, B6 and B12 to manufacture neurotransmitters, chemicals that control alertness and mood by speeding nerve signals through the brain. Studies show some people who are seriously depressed or show signs of dementia have deficiencies of folic acid or B12. Correcting these deficiencies can ease the depression or improve concentration and memory. More important for the average person, even a mild lack of B vitamins may cloud the mind.


A high level of the chemical homocysteine in the blood is associated with future risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture. Women with high homocysteine levels had double the hip fracture rate, and men with high levels had four times the increase, compared to people with low homocysteine levels.

The levels can be influenced by diet, particularly vitamin B-12 and folate, and by some medications. Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans; an additional 34 million have low bone density and are at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis can lead to hip fractures and physical decline, and it is a major cause of nursing-home admissions among the elderly. The disorder is more prevalent in women.

IMMUNITY: Even people with only marginally low levels of B-vitamins show signs of weakened immune function.

HEART DISEASE: Patients undergoing angioplasty can lower their risk of developing a potentially life-threatening complication if they take a combination of B vitamins for at least 6 months after the procedure, researchers report.

While it is not clear how the vitamin therapy lowers the risk of restenosis, patients who took vitamins had significantly lower blood levels of homocysteine, a compound that can raise the risk of heart disease. The researchers suggest that folate, which has been shown to lower homocysteine levels, and other B vitamins may help to keep arteries clear, although other unknown mechanisms may be at work.

ALZHEIMERS DISEASE: Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine now provide convincing evidence that high homocysteine levels are an equally potent risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

The researchers found that people with a blood plasma homocysteine level above 14 micromol/L had nearly twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as did people with lower levels.

They also determined that a 5 micromol/L increase in homocysteine level corresponds to a 40 per cent increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Joseph Loscalzo, M.D., in commenting on the findings, suggests that it may be possible to substantially reduce one's risk of Alzheimer's disease by supplementing with folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Such supplementation has, in numerous clinical trials, been found highly effective in lowering homocysteine levels

FH83-5 High Potency B-Complex Vitamins 120 tablets $14.95

Each 2 vegetarian tablets provide:

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) 100mg
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 100mg
Vitamin B-6 (Peridoxine) 100mg
Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin) 100mcg
Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide) 100mg
Pantothenic Acid 100 mg
Folic Acid 100mcg
Biotin 100mg
Choline 100mg
Inositol 100mg
Paba 30mg

Niacin Slashes Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics

Niacin supplements can reduce by about 50 percent the chance of a second heart attack in people with diabetes and milder blood sugar problems, who are at sharply increased risk of cardiac diseases.

So says a new study, which found that although the B vitamin nudges blood sugar higher, it more than overcomes that effect by suppressing dangerous blood fats that promote heart attacks. The study also found that diabetics seemed to derive more heart protection from niacin than people without the disease.

"In the past, we've been hesitant to use it because of the increase in glucose levels," said Dr. Michael Davidson, director of preventive cardiology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, who was familiar with the findings. "But even though it goes up some, the benefits of raising HDL, lowering LDL and triglycerides more than offsets that risk.

The net benefit is still significant."
LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides are linked to heart problems, while increasing levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol) protect the heart and vessels. The magnitude of niacin's effects on lowering heart attack risk is similar to that of other drugs, including aspirin, statins and other treatments that cut cholesterol, and beta-blockers, experts said.

The latest work was led by Paul Canner of the Maryland Medical Research Institute in Baltimore, who presented the findings in Chicago at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

In a 1975 study called the Coronary Drug Project, Canner's group showed that people who took up to three grams a day of niacin reduced their risk of recurrent heart attacks by 28 percent after six years, compared to those who took sugar pills. And after 15 years of follow-up, their overall risk of death was 11 percent lower.

At the time, the researchers didn't ask whether the effect was different in people with blood sugar trouble. So in the new analysis, they divided 1,119 of the original subjects into four categories depending on their ability to process blood sugar.

This time, Canner and his colleagues found that niacin reduced the risk of a second, non-fatal heart attack by 28 percent in people without diabetes, and by 54 percent in those with the blood sugar disorder. The trends for overall mortality were similar.

An estimated 17 million Americans have diabetes, and 16 million have the Type II form of the disease in which their cells become resistant to insulin. Another 16 million people have "prediabetes," putting them at high risk of developing the full-blown sugar disorder.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of diabetics, who face two to four times the normal risk of heart attacks as a result of their condition.

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