ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

15 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds, According to Science

Tangerine Oil: A Citrusy Essential Oil With Well-Rounded Uses

Natural Remedies for the Prevention of Dry Eyes

Magnesium Deficiency Raises Your Risk of Many Chronic Ailments

Resveratrol supplementation improves arterial stiffness in type 2 diabetics

CoQ10's Potential Capabilities for Your Health

How Can Melatonin Benefit You?

Cloves: Boost Your Immune System the Sweet and Spicy Way

8 Chia Seed Recipes

Testosterone replacement therapy associated with improved urinary, sexual function

 
Print Page
Email Article

New Study Links Repetitive or Continual Fatigue to Low Vitamin B12 and High Homocyteine in Cerebrospinal Fluid

  [ 383 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • June 6, 2006


Studies regarding the correlation between unhealthy cardiovascular function and abnormally high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine have been appearing with increasing regularity. Relatively overlooked among the research articles is a recently published Swedish study, the results of which demonstrate consistently high homocysteine levels and low concentrations of vitamin B12 in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of individuals who report repetitive or continual fatigue at levels that interfere with normal life functioning.

In the Swedish study by Regland M.D., Ph.D., et al., published in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, twelve female trial subjects that met criteria for repetitive or continuing fatigue that interfered with normal life functioning were studied along with a control group of eighteen healthy women. Subjects were also evaluated using a subset of items from the Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale. The aim of the study was to determine factors present in cerebrospinal fluid related to homocysteine metabolism that correlate with the occurrence of repetitive or prolonged fatigue.

The mean value of cerebrospinal fluid homocysteine in the fatigued trial group was over three times the mean level in the control group, a highly significant difference. Cerebrospinal fluid vitamin B12 levels measured below normal in the majority (7/12) of the fatigued subjects.

On the other hand, blood Serum levels of homocysteine, folate, and vitamin B12 did not significantly deviate from normal ranges in the fatigued subjects. The authors interpret their findings to mean that biochemical events leading to high homocysteine levels in their patient group occur predominantly, if not exclusively, within the brain itself. Low vitamin B12 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid may reflect disruption of the mechanism of transport across the blood brain barrier. Incidentally, according to health practitioners who have used vitamin B12 in complimentary nutritional programs, high doses are often required to achieve measurable effects.

Homocysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid involved in several important methyl and sulfur transfer reactions. Excessive accumulation of homocysteine in the body fluid compartments is normally prevented by degradation through two enzymatic reactions called transsulfuration and remethylation. Importantly, these enzyme reactions depend on folate, vitamin B 6 (pyridoxal 5- phosphate), and vitamin B12 (cobalamin) as cofactors.

When functioning properly, the enzymatic break-down of homocysteine forms methionine, which can then be converted to S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM). SAM is an important cofactor in the metabolism of central nervous system monoamine neurotransmitters, including dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. It has also been used successfully to treat both on-going fatigue and mood balance. Unfortunately, SAM was not measured in the Swedish study.

Another explanation for high cerebrospinal fluid homocysteine levels was considered by the Swedish authors. Nitric oxide, which is an inhibitor of the enzyme that converts homocysteine to methionine, is produced as a result of inflammatory reactions. Most of the fatigued trial subjects in the study, in addition to their on-going fatigue, had accompanying symptoms of viral or bacterial infections. Theoretically, the inflammation caused by these infections increased nitric oxide levels, which in turn increased homocysteine levels.

In conclusion, this study provides convincing preliminary evidence that high homocysteine levels in cerebrospinal fluid is an underlying factor in patients suffering from recurrent or continuing fatigue. Low vitamin B12 levels in cerebrospinal fluid and possibly low SAM levels are implicated as contributing factors. Additional evidence from other studies further support the idea that deficiencies in enzymatic pathways in the brain involving vitamin B12 , homocysteine, and folic acid underlie a range of neurological function issues. Deficiencies in these essential biochemical pathways in the brain should be considered by health practitioners in the evaluation of successful interventions for nutritional support in overcoming recurrent or continuing fatigue.





Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Ultra ATP+, Double Strength


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt
Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics Stop Bacteria With Nature's Antibiotics
Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial
The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away The Big Blue Fish that Helps Chase the Blues Away
Joint Aches May Have Met Their Match in Curcumin Joint Aches May Have Met Their Match in Curcumin

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map