vitamin b

It's a given that the vitamins are necessary for life; but over the years there have been efforts to demonstrate that they also hold almost magical properties with respect to various diseases and conditions — think Linus Pauling with his theories on vitamin C and cancer or the attempt to show that beta-carotene could ameliorate the effects of smoking on lung cancer (neither of which stood up to scrutiny). And more recently, vitamin D has been seen as a candidate for miracle ingredient — this hasn't panned out either, as we explained here. Now we've become aware that several B vitamins are being tested to see if they can prevent the effects of air pollution on the cardiovascular system.

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The latest in health news: Vitamin B supplementation could help reduce first stroke in adults with hypertension, strength training for the elderly key to good health, and cancer survival rates improving across the board

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.08.59 PMBefore you start jumping up and down, yes we know that it is a deficiency of vitamin B1 (thiamine) that causes beri-beri, and that niacin deficiency actually causes pellagra we figured that if pseudo-environmental groups like EWG and NRDC can sit in their recycled offices day after day writing utter nonsense, we could take take a few liberties with a vitamin, especially in pursuit of a pretty good pun.

And as long as we are taking a few liberties. we should point out that vitamin B3 as used by the press is not even a vitamin it is a drug....