by Francois Lubbe
UK Editor

September 2010

from Homemade-Natural-Cures Website

Spanish version

When I first saw the headlines, I was pleased and a bit surprised... Let's face it, it's unusual for a study showing the therapeutic benefits of vitamins to receive so much attention by the mainstream media...

Unfortunately, it didn't take much reading between the lines before I smelled something very fishy...

As much as the results of a recent study on the positive effects of B-vitamins for sufferers of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are very welcome (especially as they offer hope in the fight against Alzheimer's disease), it also appears to be yet another case of Big Pharma wolf in sheep's clothing.


B vitamins prove effective in the fight against Alzheimer's

The recent 'groundbreaking' Oxford study involved 168 volunteers all with brain shrinkage associated with 'mild cognitive impairment' (MCI). Participants were divided into either a treatment group who were given a high dose of B vitamins (folic acid, B6 and B12) or a control group who were given a placebo.

Previous studies have shown that elevated homocysteine concentrations may contribute to MCI and we also know that Alzheimer's patients tend to have especially high levels of this amino acid in their blood.

Results of the Oxford study showed that B vitamins help reduce homocysteine levels and demonstrated that the participants who had the highest homocysteine levels benefited the most from treatment with high doses of B vitamins. In fact, participants in the vitamin B group showed an astounding 53 per cent improvement.

Pharmacologist and fellow researcher of the study Professor David Smith, said the results were immensely promising and added that,

"it is a very simple solution: you give someone some vitamins and you protect the brain".


Bitter sweet B-vitamin controversy

Many of you may now take Prof. Smith on his word and run down to your local natural health food store and buy folic acid, B6 and B12, because this study clearly suggests that simply taking vitamins can achieve the kind of results that the major drugs companies have not been able to achieve with their pharmaceutical drugs...

But wait! There's a snake in the grass...

The researchers warned that the results of the study can only be achieved with 'very high' dosages of the vitamins, which should only be administered under the supervision of a doctor... and that further studies are needed on the safety of B-vitamins...

Okay? But we are talking about vitamins which are found in many foods not man-made pharmaceutical drugs, right?

The researchers were also very clear in saying that the dosages used in the study are not what you would find in a typical health food store or pharmacy...

Hang on... is it just me, or does it sound as if someone is trying to stop us from taking the initiative to purchase B-vitamins in a bid to prevent age-related memory loss?

Enter the 'drug' TrioBe Plus, manufactured by Meda AB/Recip AB, Sweden... which is the 'drug' used in the study consisting of,

  • 800mcg folate (as folic acid)

  • 20mg B6 (pyridoxine HCI)

  • 500mcg B12 (as cyanocobalamin)

Along with Helga Refsum's statement, another researcher part of the Oxford team, who said,

"This is a drug, not a vitamin intervention", it all starts to make sense...

The forms of vitamins used in TrioBe Plus are the cheapest ones available, being either less bio-available or less effective (or both) than those in high-end products found in health food stores or sold by nutritional practitioners.


What's worse is that these sub-standard forms are mostly manufactured by pharmaceutical giants like Merck.

There you have it! The motive behind the European Union's (EU) legal restrictions for food supplements, combined with the proposals from the European Commission to restrict dosages, becomes clear as day light...

Vested interests are at play - scaring people away from the vitamins and supplements in health food stores and pushing them towards patented 'drug' versions that can only be taken under the supervision of conventional doctors... This is a cunning game-plan being deployed in Europe, and elsewhere, to take therapeutic use of natural products out of the hands of the consumer and into the hands of pharmaceutical giants and mainstream medicine.


They do this even - as is the case with 'TrioBe Plus' - when there is no risk to the consumer!

The upper level (UL) as recommended by the EU contains large safety margins and the UL's for all three B-vitamins in TrioBe Plus fall well within these margins. Both the folic acid and B6 levels are 20 per cent below the UL, with the super-safe vitamin B12 being a mere 2.5 per cent of the UL.

No wonder this vitamin study enjoyed so much media coverage... Big Pharma have their eyes set on the vitamin and supplement market with their patented vitamin drugs and will do anything to prevent us from getting good products from anywhere else, even if it means that they must team-up with regulators and the media to get their misleading message across...

I wonder what their game-plan is against common sense...


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  • 'B vitamins found to slow progression of dementia' published online, 09.09.10,

  • 'High homocysteine and low B vitamins predict cognitive decline in aging men: the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study' American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 3, 627-635, September 2005

  • 'Homocysteine-Lowering by B Vitamins Slows the Rate of Accelerated Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial' published online, 09.09.10,