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Vitamin B3 May Aid The Brain After Stroke

March 2, 2010 by  

Vitamin B3 may aid the brain after strokeAn initial study conducted at the Henry Ford Hospital suggests that a common B vitamin may help improve neurological function after a stroke.

Researchers at the facility have recently found that when lab rats with ischemic stroke are given vitamin B3, or niacin, their brains experience new blood vessel and nerve cell growth, which significantly improves cognitive function. Additional research is currently being conducted to investigate the effects of an extended-release form of niacin on human stroke patients.

"If this proves to also work well in our human trials, we’ll then have the benefit of a low-cost, easily-tolerable treatment for one of the most neurologically devastating conditions," said Michael Chopp, scientific director of the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute.

Niacin is currently recognized as the most effective natural supplement for increasing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), or "good" cholesterol. Separate studies have found that HDL-C is abnormally low in patients who have recently suffered a stroke.

The researchers also believe that the discovery may open another avenue of treatment for patients suffering from brain injury and impaired neurological function.

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  • DrKete

    Please show us clinical research instead of the reprehensible animal testing.

  • Ryan

    Animal testing IS necessary, and one of the most effective methods of drug research.

    Go find a tree somewhere and hug it, why don’t you.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Nancy Sherbert

    My neurologist has given me a prescription of B-3 combined with a few other B’s and my memory has improved considerably. I have taken this for about five years. I believe you are on to something good. Thanks for this article.


  • Angela

    Thanks for all these healthy articles and I copy and save them for
    future reference. You are doing a great service for us.

  • s c

    As always, if it helps, use it. It’s high time to ignore and bypass the FDA and its many useful idiots. The FDA is great at letting Big Pharma pocket tons of easy money, but it’s not worth a damn when it comes to keeping us healthy.
    Administrators at the FDA finally ADMITTED that it CAN’T do its job. Add to that the FACT that the FDA tends to be anything BUT scientific [how can an agency be scientifc and an overpaid prostitute at the same time?].
    If it helps, use it. To hell with the FDA.

  • Victoria DeLacy

    It’s too bad they didn’t use that therapy on patients when I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage back in late January of 1986…I might not have ended up with as much permanent damage by way of left hemiparesis which to this day has left my left arm fully paralyzed and the left leg partially paralyzed. Survival alone in those days was quite remarkable. Now I take b-complex vitamins daily for health maintenance in other ways since it has always been known that they are beneficial to the central nervous system.


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