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Research Shows Niacin (B-3) Effective Against Staph Infections

Posted Sep 17 2012 7:00am

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation shows that Niacin (vitamin B3) supplementation offers an effective alternative to antibiotic treatment of staph infections.

The research , supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, concluded that a megadose of vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) was able to kill antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria in both human and animal blood, offering a potential alternative treatment for people trying to avoid antibiotics.

The report confirmed that vitamin B3 increased the number of bacteria-fighting neutrophils in the blood, and their ability to kill staph by 1000 times. A staph infection was wiped out within a few hours of the megadose, an amount far greater than which could be obtained through normal diet and supplementation.

Staph infections are prevalent in hospitals and nursing homes, but athletes, military personnel, and those in prison are increasingly at risk. “This could give us a new way to treat staph infections that can be deadly, and might be used in combination with current antibiotics,” said Adrian Gombart, study author and associate professor at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Niacin (vitamin B3) works with other B vitamins to help release energy from carbohydrates and promote healthy nerves, skin, and digestive system. In addition, niacin supplements can be helpful to support two common health issues: high cholesterol and osteoarthritis.

Studies have shown that high amounts (several grams per day) of niacin can help to lower cholesterol. Supplemental niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) has been reported to increase joint mobility, improve muscle strength, and decrease fatigue in people with osteoarthritis.

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