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Celiac Disease & B Vitamins

Monday, March 9th, 2009

On Thursday, March 4, I had a display table on health and wellness at the Multicultural Forum at the River Center, St. Paul, MN. One of the visitors at the table told me they had celiac disease. Celiac disease is intolerance to gluten in wheat. And people with this intolerance risk having high levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Studies have shown that high levels of homocysteine may increase the risk of heart disease. Some studies say that 1.5 percent of the population have celiac disease and I seem to find many of these people. The following information will be of interest to those people.

That same day, March 4, I came across an article stating that daily supplements of B vitamins may improve the overall health of people with celiac disease. This Dutch study led by Muhammed Hadithi of VUmc University Medical Center in Amsterdam included 51 adults with celiac disease and 50 healthy controls and found that people taking daily supplements of vitamin B6, folic acid, and B12 had significantly lower levels of the amino acid homocysteine. This was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology. It appears that many of us are short on certain vitamins. The doctor has put me on vitamin B6 (and this should only be done under a doctor’s supervision).

 

To your health and wellness.

 

www.nutraingredants –usa.com; Vitamins may help coeliac disease management: Study

 By Stephen Daniells, 04-Mar-2009

 

Vitamin B-12

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Most people get enough vitamin B-12 in their diet but often after age 50 some individuals have have a hard time absorbing B-12. Mild deficiencies increase the risk of heart disease, depression and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin B-12 was the last vitamin to be discovered in the 1940s. It was identified as the substance in calf’s liver that cured pernicious anemia.

Vitamin B-12 is essential for cell replication and is particularly important for red blood cell production. It also assists in converting food to energy and plays a critical role in the production of DNA and RNA. It works with folic acid helping the body process homocysteine and lower the risk of heart disease. 

Research shows that low levels of B-12 are common with people with Alzheimer’s disease. This vitamin keeps the immune system healthy. Some studies suggest that it lengthens the amount of time between infection with the HIV virus and the development of AIDS.

The RDA for vitamin B-12 is 2.4 micrograms a day for adults, and many experts recommend that you get 100 to 400 micrograms. Supplements of vitamin B-12 are very important for older people and vegans.

Too little vitamin B-12 leads to fatigue, depression, numbness and tingling in the extremities. Too much is just excreted in the urine.

Animal foods are the primary source of B-12. these include organ meats, oysters, sardines and other fish, eggs and cheese.

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