Alzheimer's and the 8 Essential B Vitamins

The Eight Essential B Vitamins

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that is plaguing modern society. Research into the use of B vitamins as a treatment is showing promise. Some B vitamins are already recognized as being beneficial for Alzheimer’s sufferers. For instance, the Journal of Neuroscience reported a study done by Dr. Kim Green Ph.d at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Green gave lab rats with Alzheimer’s disease the human daily equivalent of 2,000 to 3,000mgs of niacinamide. (Niacinamide is an alkaline form of niacin, B3.) Four months into the study the rats were so improved that researchers said the rats were “cured.’Of course, success with rats has not always translated into success with people. Yet, the following research done in Chicago seems to back up the study done by Dr. Green at the University of California. A group of 815 individuals without Alzheimer’s disease had their food intake monitored to determine the amount of niacin in their diet. Niacin occurs naturally in foods such as whole grains, beans, peanuts, liver, salmon, and some mushrooms. After an average of four years, 131 people from this group had developed Alzheimer’s disease. After the researchers adjusted for all the other risk factors, the results were tabulated. Those people whose diets had the lowest amounts of niacin were 80% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those with the highest amounts.

Other researchers, like Dr. Abram Hoffer, was well known for his meg-vitamin therapies to treat schizophrenia, depression and alcoholism. Niacin played a large role in those treatments. He reported that 1,000mg of niacin taken three time a day can improve memory and correct some senility problems.

Large daily amounts of niacin and niacinaminde, such as the levels described above, could be called therapeutic dosage, as opposed to the dosage you might find in a multi-vitamin or B complex. Research is now showing that taking a good multi-vitamin, which includes the other 8 essential B vitamins, works even better. When the B vitamins work together as a team, it makes the treatment of Alzheimer’s just that much more effective. Below is a short summary of all the eight essential B vitamins.

Vitamin B1- Thiamine

Natural Food Sources: whole grains, wheat germ, lean meat, fish, dried beans, peas and soybeans. It is also found in small amounts in dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

Function in the Body: Helps the cells to convert carbohydrates into energy. Thiamine is important for the continued operation of the heart, muscles and nervous system.

Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin

Natural Food Sources: dairy products, eggs, lean meat, legumes, nuts, green leafy vegetables,

Function in the Body: It is essential for the production of red blood cells and growth of the body. It helps with the process that releases energy from carbohydrates.

Vitamin B3 – Niacin and Niacinamide

Natural Food Sources : whole grains, beans, peanuts, some mushrooms, liver, beef, salmon, eggs and fruits and vegetables such as dates, tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.

Function in the Body: Helps convert food to energy and is important to the functioning of the digestive system, skin and nerves.

(In addition to its effectiveness with Alzheimer’s, niacin has been shown to be every bit as effective at lowering cholesterol as the statin drugs that are often prescribed by physicians.) For a more in depth article on niacin by this author go to the following link: A Cure For Alzheimer’s

Vitamin B5 – Pantothenic Acid

Natural Food Sources: eggs, dairy products, legumes, fish, whole grains, yeast, broccoli, potatoes, lean beef

Function in the Body: Pantothenic acid is important for growth and to help break down foods, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Vitamin B6 –Pyridoyine

Natural Food Sources: beans, legumes, eggs, nuts, meat, fish, whole grains

Function in the Body: Pyridoxine supports the immune system with the production of antibodies to fight disease. It also helps to break down protein in the body. A high protein diet requires extra B6 to help process it.

Vitamin B7 – Biotin

Natural Food Sources: eggs, dairy products, legumes, fish, whole grains, yeast, broccoli, potatoes, lean beef

Function in the Body:Biotin works closely with B5 and both vitamins have similar functions in the body. B7 has enzymatic functions to help break down some fats and carbohydrates.

Vitamin B9 – Folic Acid

Natural Food Sources:Folic acid is the man made version of folate used in supplements. Folate is found in beans, legumes, citrus fruits, wheat bran, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, poultry, pork, shellfish, liver.

Function in the Body: This vitamin works in conjunction with B12 and vitamin C to break down, utilize and create new protein. Folic acid also plays a role in the creation of red blood cells and the production of DNA making it important in the growth and functioning of the body’ cells.

Vitamin B12 -Cyanocobalamin

There are two forms of B12, cyanocobalamin, which the body can absorb, and the analogs, which are inactive in the human body, therefore, not the ones you want.

Natural Food Sources: fish, shellfish, meat, dairy products. For vegans who don’t eat meat or dairy – some types of nutritional yeasts (not all) have the cyanocobalamin type of B12.

Function in the Body: Vitamin B12 assists in the production of red blood cells, DNA and helps keep the nervous system functioning as it should.

Given the debilitating nature of Alzheimer’s Disease one would think that using niacin, niacinamide and the eight essential B vitamins would be routine practice. The problem is there are, quite literally, thousands of medical research papers being published every year. Unfortunately, doctors are very busy people and do not have the time to be able to read even a few of them. It takes a long time for new information to be filtered into everyday medical practice. If a member of your family is suffering from Alzheimer’s and you would to give it a try, please ask your physician if they know about the effectiveness of niacinamide and the 8 essential B vitamins. This author recommends the following 8 Essential B Vitamins