Vitamin B3 may be the cure for drug-resistant superbug infections

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) While the pharmaceutical
industry is busy trying to conjure up new drugs to tackle the
antibiotic-resistant “superbug” epidemic, a recent study published in the
Journal of Clinical Investigation explains how simple vitamin B3, also
known as nicotinamide (NAM), taken in high doses may effectively thwart staph
and other potentially life-threatening infections without the need for
drugs.

Researchers from both Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in
California and the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) at Oregon State
University
(OSU) collaborated with one another to test the effects of high
doses of NAM administered to both live mice and human blood infected with
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). What they found was that
vitamin B3 significantly boosts the number and effectiveness of neutrophils, or
white blood cells that target infections.

It turns out that, when taken
in doses far higher than those recommended by the federal government, vitamin B3
is capable of significantly boosting the body’s own natural immune system to the
point where many diseases simply cannot survive. According to the study, vitamin
B3 is capable of increasing immune capacity by 1,000 times, allowing the
body to naturally fight MRSA and other deadly pathogens.

“This could give
us a new way to treat staph infections that can be deadly,” said Adrian Gombart,
an associate professor at LPI, about the dramatic findings. “It’s a way to tap
into the power of the innate immune system and stimulate it to provide a more
powerful and natural immune response.”

NAM is not just effective against
S. aureus, though. Several other virulent pathogens, including human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV), also seem to respond favorably to NAM’s dramatic
immune-boosting capacity. By bolstering the immune system’s natural defenses,
NAM appears to facilitate the destruction and elimination of a host of deadly
pathogens and viruses.

“NAM is not only effective against S.
aureus
, it also has demonstrated efficacy against other major human
pathogens, such as K. pneumoniae (Klebsiella pneumoniae) and P.
aeruginosa
(Pseudomonas aeruginosa), in our human peripheral blood
killing assay,” wrote the authors in their discussion. “We have demonstrated
that NAM, as an HDAC inhibitor, can improve host defense and thereby promote
bacterial clearance.”

And unlike antibiotic drugs, vitamin B3 does not
destroy all the beneficial bacteria in the gut along with the harmful bacteria.
So for most people, taking mega-doses of therapeutic vitamin B3 is preferable to
taking immune-destroying antibiotics that can later promote the growth of
Candida albicans and other harmful yeast overgrowths and bacterial
imbalances within the body.

Sources for this article
include:

http://www.jci.org/articles/view/62070?key=a39ce7efc2f764ede04

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