Fwd: [CRF] new studies in heart and vitamins/ noncrf
- --- ne woods <newoods@...> wrote:
> To: <Feline-CRF-Support@egroups.com>
> From: "ne woods" <newoods@...>
> Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 01:52:11 -0500
> Subject: [CRF] new studies in heart and vitamins/
> For those crf members whose cats also have heart
> These are human studies but very interesting
> I have permission to repost from this source
> I am having trouble posting to heart list right now
> thought I can see the mail..
> Could someone from there repost this there.
> tB-VITAMIN DEFICIENCY INCREASES STROKE RISK
> Stroke is usually considered a disease of older
> people, especially men.
> But even young women are not immune. This study has
> examined 167 women
> between 15 and 44 who have suffered a stroke and
> compared them to over 300
> "normal" women.
> One major difference was the level of homocysteine,
> an amino acid
> associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis
> (hardening of the
> arteries), that can lead to heart attack or stroke.
> Women with the highest
> homocysteine levels had twice the risk of stoke.
> Homocysteine can be lowered in most people by
> supplementing folic acid,
> B12 and B6. In fact, elevated homocysteine level is
> considered a sign of B
> vitamin deficiency. Also see the next item.
> Stroke 1999;30:1554-1560.
> FOLIC ACID DECREASES BLOOD PRESSURE
> According to a study presented at the annual
> International Society of
> Hypertension meeting, folic acid is very important
> for cardiovascular
> health. Patients who had either a heart attack or a
> stroke were given 5 mg
> of folic acid a day.
> After just 6 weeks, there was a significant
> reduction in homocysteine
> level and a decrease in systolic blood pressure from
> 149.4 to 140. Blood
> pressure is expressed using two numbers, such as 140
> over 80. Systolic is
> the upper number, while the lower number is called
> diastolic. Systolic
> number is said to indicate the pressure within the
> arteries. It tends to
> increase with the progression of atherosclerosis or
> hardening of the
> The authors think that vitamin supplementation can
> be a very important
> tool in cardiovascular protection and note that they
> are safe and
> inexpensive. The amount used in this study was
> rather high - 5 mg or 5,000
> mcg. The recommended daily allowance is 400 mcg. It
> is possible that
> people with a history of a cardiovascular event
> (heart attack or stroke)
> may need higher doses, but most of us do not need
> more that about 800 mcg,
> as long as you take it on a daily basis.
> My recommendation is to take a good
> multivitamin/multimineral complex that
> provides not only 800 mcg of folic acid, but all the
> B vitamins along with
> all the anti-oxidants (C, E, beta carotene, zinc,
> selenium, bioflavonoids,
> etc), minerals, and plant extracts.
> Michael Teplisky, MD, editor
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- Carol reported:
> > Homocysteine can be lowered in most people byI got another tip from my vet this weekend -- and considering what he
> > supplementing folic acid,
> > B12 and B6.
charges, I take all the tips I can get. ;-)
He recommended B-12 with folic acid for both kitties. He recommended
the smallest human dosage per day. I checked out the Vitamin Shoppe,
and the smallest human dosage of B-12 complex with folic acid was
1000 mg, which seems more suitable for a llama than a domestic feline.
I'll call him again today and double-check the dosage.
He also said that it improves appetite.