Vitamin Supplements
We have found these vitamin and mineral supplements to be very successful in helping our loved ones deal with Sickle Cell Anemia.

Vitamin B6 has shown to have anti-sickling effects on the red blood cells. Vitamin B6 deficiency has been reported to be more common in people with sickle cell anemia. In a controlled trial, five sickle cell anemia patients with evidence of vitamin B6 deficiency were given 50 mg of vitamin B6 twice. The deficiency was reversed with this supplement, but improvement in anemia was slight.

Vitamin B12 helps alieviate the symptoms for people tested and shown to have low levels of vitamin B12.

Riboflavin (or vitamin B2), is another B-complex vitamin that has helped in the treatment of sickle cell anemia. A controlled trial performed in Arica showed that vitamin B2 can improve iron levels (only in cases of riboflavin deficiency). In a study of 18 people with sickle cell anemia, 5 mg of Vitamin B2 given twice a day significantly improved iron status (East African Medical Journal 70, 418-421, 1993).

Axtioxidant nutrients protect the body's cells from oxygen-related damage. Studies show that sickle cell anemia patients tend to have low blood levels of antioxidants including carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Low blood levels of vitamin E have been associated with higher numbers of diseased cells in children with geater frequency in adults. A study reported a 44% average decrease in diseased cells in sickle cell anemia patients given 450 IU vitamin E per day for up to 35 weeks. The effect was maintained as long as supplementation continued.

Vitamin E, along with vitamin C and selenium increases resistance to infection and also enhances our T-cell function and reduced inflamatory agents.

Alpha Lipoic Acid is another potent anti-oxidant.

Coenzyme Q10 has antibacterial and anti-viral properties.

Magnesium promotes more than 300 enzymatic reaction in the body, which alone makes it improtant. Magnesium keeps pro-inflammatory immune factors in check and effectively reduces pain and swelling.

Reduced L-Glutathione is the regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent.

Selenium fights of bacteria and viruses and ensures that our T-cells cells work hard.

Zinc has been shown to be the protector of red blood cell membranes. It also increases the size of the thymus gland. Zinc also had been studied for its antibacterial and anti-viral properties.

*Note: The information contained in this Web site is intended for educational pruposes only and is in no way intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. For health problems, consult a qualified health practitioner.
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