Damon's dodgy health update: Vitamin B
Interesting to see two stories on the BBC home page today involving vitamin B and its potential benefits for health.
In the Alzheimer's story, high doses of "B vitamins folate, B6 and B12" were found to arrest mental decline in people experiencing what is termed as 'mild cognitive impairment'.
In the second story, we're reminded that folic acid supplements given to pregnant women can help avoid spina bifida. And whaddyaa know, the other name for folic acid is 'vitamin B9'.
It seems that if you combine the established folic acid (B9) with a naturally occurring vitamin called 'inositol', findings suggest that outcomes could be even more positive. (read the articles linked-to above for more detail).
Now, as everyone knows, I'm no medical expert. Yes I can commission articles from our Disability Bitch and produce Ouch's podcasts ... but, really and truly, you should avoid taking me seriously when it comes to medical observations; I am not the BBC health correspondent (yet). Here goes anyway:
My first thought was "Wow, good on ya vitamin B". My second thought was "perhaps I ought to get down the chemist and bag me some of those super vitamins". And maybe some Marmite because I have something in the back of my head that tells me yeast extracts have vitamin B12 in them. And a quick Google has confirmed another hunch that vit B is good for the mental health too. I think it may also be of monthly benefit to women but I'm gonna blank that one out due to generalised male fear if that's OK with you.
So, Sesame Street fans, what have we learnt today?
Well, it seems that vitamins can have names as well as letters. And vitamin B in particular is moving up on my list of favourite vitamins and could be knocking on vitamin C's door soon because I can deal with colds alone if pushed.
What more do you know about vitamin B? I'm a bit in the dark over B1 to B5 at the moment. And do you take vitamin supplements. If so, what for? tell me in the comments below.