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Soon, people with chronic pain from conditions like sciatica, lumbar back pain and other nerve disorders may be treated with B vitamins. Researchers from the Parker Research Institute in Dallas found the combination of vitamins B-1, B-6 and B-12 effectively reduced pain in rats. Although results are preliminary, the study opens the door for scientists to examine the role of these B vitamins for treating pain in humans. Past human studies demonstrated the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of vitamin B-6 in carpal tunnel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and morning sickness.

Mounting scientific evidence shows that adequate levels of B-6, B-12 and folic acid dramatically lower homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels are connected to heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and breast cancer.

(Source: Arthritis Today magazine, published by the Arthritis Foundation, online at www.arthritis.org. To subscribe, go to their website or call 1-800-283-7800.)

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