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Researchers Pan Flawed Study That Claims B Vitamins Do Not Help Early Dementia

March 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A recent study that concluded that early-stage dementia patients do not benefit from taking vitamin B-12 or folic acid supplements was “inaccurate and misleading”, according to British scientists who analyzed the data on which the study was based. The unjustified claim in the flawed study that B vitamins were “sadly not going to prevent Alzheimer’s disease” would not only have a negative impact on patient welfare, the scientists said, it could also bias research funding and health policy. Dr. Peter Garrard said there is “first-rate scientific evidence” that B vitamins have biological and neuropsychological benefits for people over 70 who have noticed a recent decline in cognitive abilities.
P. Garrard, R. Jacoby, "B-vitamin trials meta-analysis: less than meets the eye. ", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 12, 2015, © American Society for Nutrition
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