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VITAMIN B BENEFIT

ANCHOR LEAD: VITAMIN B MAY BE EFFECTIVE IN HELPING LIFT DEPRESSION AND ALLEVIATE ANXIETY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People with celiac disease, an inflammatory reaction to gluten, found in wheat, barley and rye, have lots to worry about.  How to consume a healthy diet while avoiding such foods, dealing with what can be a painful condition that may flare at any time- it’s no wonder more depression and anxiety seem to go hand in hand with celiac disease.  Now a new study shows that simply taking B vitamins may help.  Redonda Miller, an internal medicine expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

MILLER :  It noted an improvement in a patient’s sense of well-being, lower scores on anxiety scales and depression scales.  And I think that is an important outcome.  It is a small study but vitamin B supplementation is pretty darn harmless.  It’s cheap, it’s simple, we don’t know of any adverse events so I put this in my pocket in my patients with celiac disease who may have some depression and anxiety, I might give them a trial of vitamin B supplementation and see what happens.      :28

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey


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