Tuesday, March 3, 2009
New Vitamin Research on B12 and Vitamin D
I have shown scientific data numerous times on EverythingHealth that shows our obsession with vitamins and supplements taken daily as cancer or cardiovascular disease prevention is money down the drain.
There are certain conditions, however, where good data shows us certain vitamins play a beneficial role. Here are two new studies:
Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (also known as mouth canker sores) is a painful and unexplained condition. Some patients have outbreak after outbreak and we use adhesive pastes, antiseptics and steroids to deal with the pain. A new study shows vitamin B12 (1000mcg) taken daily for 6 months, reduced the pain, the number of ulcers and the duration of outbreaks. By 6 months the vitamin taking group was free of outbreaks. The scientists found that the initial blood level of Vitamin B12 didn't matter so there is no need to check that test.
Score one for Vitamin B12 and canker sores.
The second study showed another benefit for taking Vitamin D if blood levels are low. Patients who had lower levels of serum Vitamin D were more likely to develop upper respiratory tract infections, even after the scientists controlled for smoking, body mass index, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Low Vitamin D levels have also been associated with cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's and bone disorders.
I check Vitamin D levels in all patients and advise supplements if the levels are low.
I am not against vitamins. But I am scientifically driven and I'm against "wishful thinking" that handfuls of vitamins can protect us from diseases when there is no science to back up those claims. Put your money into organic foods instead.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 6:10 AM