Sunday, February 22, 2009

Vitamin B12 as an effective 'Canker Sore Therapy' ..

I used to wonder why, the medical practitioners recommend Vitamin B12 for canker sores, now thanks to the research group lead by Dr. Ilia Volkov, have confirmed the fact that a nightly dose of vitamin B12 is a simple, effective and low risk therapy to prevent Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS), better known as "canker sores." In India vitamin B12, is available as OTC.

The researchers tested the effect of vitamin B12 on 58 randomly selected RAS patients who received either a dose of 1,000 mcg of B12 by mouth at bedtime or a placebo, and were tested monthly for six months. Approximately three quarters (74 percent) of the patients of the treated group and only a third (32 percent) of the control group achieved remission at the end of the study.

The results are of important by the fact that the average outbreak duration and the average number of ulcers per month decreased in both groups during the first four months of the trial. However, the duration of outbreaks, the number of ulcers, and the level of pain were reduced significantly at five and six months of treatment with vitamin B12, regardless of initial vitamin B12 levels in the blood. During the last month of treatment a significant number of participants in the intervention group reached 'no aphthous ulcers status' (74.1% vs 32.0%; P < .01) and not only becoz., of the statistical significance and also this treatment is simple and inexpensive and has no known significant toxic effects. More....

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