American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - B-Vitamins Reverse Plaque Buildup in Neck
B-Vitamins Reverse Plaque Buildup in Neck

Carotid artery disease occurs when the major arteries (the carotid) in the neck become narrowed due to the buildup of plaque. This process is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, and is a major risk factor for stroke. Risk can be assessed by ultrasound measurement of the thickness of the carotid arterial wall. Normal wall thickness is 0.77 mm and 0.75 mm for the right and left sides respectively.

In a new study 50 patients, with carotid wall thickness of 1 mm or greater, were randomly assigned to receive 1 tablet daily containing 2.5 mg of folic acid, 25 mg vitamin B6, and .5 mg vitamin B12 or placebo. After 1 year persons receiving the B vitamins showed regression of atherosclerosis evidenced by a decrease in the thickness of the arterial wall, while the those in the placebo group experienced an increase.

Last year new treatments for carotid artery disease included pomegranate juice and stenting. B-vitamins provide now another strategy.

(U Till et al., Decrease of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Patients at Risk to Cerebral Ischemia after Supplementation with Folic Acid, Vitamins B6 and B12, Atherosclerosis, July 2005.)

A report on this research will appear in the January, 2006 issue of THE HEALTH RESOURCE NEWS BULLETIN of The Health Resource.