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Vitamin B3 'may help Alzheimer's patients'

Vitamin B3 'may help Alzheimer's patients'
5th November 2008

Vitamin B3 could help lessen the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, scientists have said.

High doses of the vitamin prevented memory loss in mice which had the condition, according to the study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Researchers found that nicotinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, both reduced levels of a potentially harmful protein and strengthened the means by which information is passed between brain cells.

"Nicotinamide prevents loss of cognition in mice with Alzheimer's disease - and the beauty of it is we already are moving forward with a clinical trial," said lead study author Kim Green of the University of California, Irvine.

She commented that nicotinamide has a "very robust effect on neurons".

Last month, the authors of a separate study suggested that Vitamin B did not slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association appeared to show that high doses of the vitamin had not slowed the rate of cognitive decline in individuals with mild to moderate forms of the condition.

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