Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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B Vitamins for Artery Health

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Monday, 15 Aug 2011 10:21 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Question: What role do B vitamins play in blood vessel health?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

A randomized, placebo-controlled study of 40 patients found that daily oral supplementation with 0.8 mg of folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) and 0.4 mg of vitamin B12 was associated with significant increases in coronary blood flow, as compared to placebo. The authors of the study, published in the March 7, 2011, issue of Coronary Artery Disease, conclude: “Long-term treatment with a combination of folic acid and vitamin B12 increase ... coronary blood flow.”

Coronary artery disease develops when arteries become diseased and thrombosed — meaning they are obstructed by a clot of coagulated blood. This leads to decreased blood flow. When the flow decreases to a critical level, a heart attack can occur.

Over the years, I have written often about the importance of vitamin B12 and folic acid. It is important to ensure that you have an adequate intake of both. In fact, this study demonstrates that relatively small doses of vitamin B12 and folic acid can increase coronary blood flow.

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Question: What role do B vitamins play in blood vessel health? Dr. Brownstein's Answer: A randomized, placebo-controlled study of 40 patients found that daily oral supplementation with 0.8 mg of folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) and 0.4 mg of vitamin B12 was associated...
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