Patients during an ischemic stroke are at risk for acute brain damage and they are also at risk for further tissue damage after the stroke. Researchers from the University of Sheffield (UK) therefore studied the effects of supplementary antioxidants with or without B-group vitamins on damage during the critical period after the stroke. Ninety-six acute ischemic stroke patients were treated, within 12 hours after they showed symptoms, with vitamin E (tocopherol) and C (ascorbic acid), B group vitamins, both vitamins together or no supplementation at all, for 14 days. The research showed that antioxidants supplementation with or without B-group vitamins mitigates the damage to the cells and had an anti-inflammatory effect.
Rajesh Ullegaddi, Hilary J Powers, Salah E Gariballa