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Vitamin B3 May Prove An Effective Tool In Battle Against Antibiotics-Resistant Microbes

August 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study by U.S. and German scientists has found that vitamin B3, also known as nicotinamide, seems to be effective at combating antibiotics-resistant – and very deadly – staph infections common around the world. High doses of the vitamin boosted by 1,000 times the ability of immune cells in lab animals and in human blood to kill staph bacteria. The findings come at a time when antibiotics face increasing resistance by various types of bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus. Clinical doses of nicotinamide increased the numbers and efficacy of a specialized type of white blood cell that can kill and eat harmful bacteria.
Pierre Kyme et al., "C/EBPε mediates nicotinamide-enhanced clearance of Staphylococcus aureus in mice", Journal of Clinical Investigation, August 27, 2012, © American Society for Clinical Investigation
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