Supplements in the News
|Multivitamins May Benefit Dialysis Patients|
|Published Thursday, December 4, 2008|
University researchers teamed with the Western Health and Social Care Trust to investigate the effect of taking a multivitamin supplement on kidney function and nutrient status in dialysis patients in the Trust over a 3-month period.
They found that the multivitamin produced an increase in folate levels and antioxidant enzymes that remove or limit oxidative damage, helping protect membranes, including the heart. They also found that there was a reduction in the production of homocysteine, a harmful amino acid that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mary Hannon-Fletcher, MD, from Ulster’s School of Biomedical Sciences, who is leading the study, said: "These improvements in status could be very beneficial for hemodialysis patients who have a very restricted diet due to their kidney disease. In addition, having to undergo frequent dialysis removes essential antioxidants, vitamins, and trace elements, putting them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The research team, which also includes renal dietician Twyla Moffitt and renal consultant Peter Garrett, MD, are seeking funding to extend this pilot study to a larger number of patients for a longer duration of time.
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