Hepatitis C treatment improved with vitamin B12 supplements

Italian researchers randomised 94 patients naive to antiviral therapy to receive standard treatment alone or with vitamin B12 for between 24 and 48 weeks.

Overall, adding the vitamin to treatment strengthened the rate of sustained viral response by 34%, with the greatest effects among genotype 1 patients and those with a high viral load.

The authors said vitamin B12 was safe and inexpensive to add to standard treatment.

Meanwhile, a separate study has found the use of the botanical product