B Vitamins - Chronic Pain reducers

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B Vitamins - Chronic Pain reducers

Postby Canuck Singh » Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:58 pm

A combination of B-vitamins has been found to reduce the severity of chronic pain. The new research suggests that relief from chronic pain, which affects millions every year, could be provided in the form of B-vitamins.

B-vitamins such as thiamin (B1), pyridoxine (B6), and cyanocobalamin (B12), have previously been shown to offer pain relief in conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, facial paralysis and optic neuritis. Researchers Dr Xue-Jun Song and Dr Zheng-Bei Wang, both from the Parker Research Institute in Dallas, USA highlighted evidence suggesting that the vitamins could help treat nociceptive pain, which comes from sprains, bone fractures, burns, bumps and bruises. Here the pain originates from the nociceptors; nerves which sense and respond to parts of the body which suffer from damage.

These findings were presented at the American Physiological Society conference in San Diego, in April last year. Experiments were performed on adult, male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 200-250g with neuropathic pain caused by primary sensory neuron injury.

The vitamins B1, B6, B12 all significantly inhibited pain in the rats, from 20 to 100% at two, six and 12 hours. In contrast, pain lasted for eight to ten weeks in rats treated with a placebo. A combination of the three B-vitamins proved the most effective at relieving pain.

The researchers concluded that both severity and duration of hyperalgesia are reduced by a combination of B vitamins. These results strongly support clinical use of B-vitamins in aiding in treatment of chronic pain and/or other diseases due to similar injuries to the nervous system.
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Re: B Vitamins - Chronic Pain reducers

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:08 pm

Not getting enough B vitamins in the diet can affect exercise performance and the ability to build muscle. That’s according to a review by scientists at Oregon State University, published recently in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

The B-vitamins include thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, B-12 and folate. These micronutrients are necessary for converting food into energy. They’re also used during the production and repair of cells, including red blood cells which deliver oxygen to muscles. The researchers concluded that intense exercise training increases the demand for the B group vitamins. People that lack the B vitamins may perform worse during high-intensity exercise and have a decreased ability to repair and build muscle.

For active individuals, a marginal deficiency in these nutrients may impact the body's ability to repair itself, operate efficiently and fight disease. Aside from exercise increasing the demand for the B-group vitamins, athletes who restrict calories have an increased chance of deficiency.
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Re: B Vitamins - Supplements fix deficiencies

Postby Canuck Singh » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:19 am

Researchers at Tufts University have suggested most people in the United States don’t get enough vitamin B6, and this could be easily fixed with supplementation.

These results actually contradict the conservative, outdated opinion of the medical profession that “most people don’t need supplements because most people are not deficient in vitamins or minerals.” This study is one of the largest studies to evaluate B6 levels, it analysed blood samples of 7822 men and women from varied population groups, and it identified that many groups are deficient in this vitamin.

Deficiencies in vitamin B6 have been linked to heart disease and immune system malfunction. B6 is also important for red blood cell performance. Remember, intense exercise increases the need for this vitamin, so active people need to safe-guard their supply by taking a high quality supplement, morning and night.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 2008.
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