The misuse or abuse of antibiotics has caused bacteria to develop resistance to these drugs and to be able to avoid their effects, so that it is increasingly difficult to fight infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis or pneumonia.
An investigation carried out with human blood and laboratory animals has shown that the vitamin B3 -Nicotinamide-, administered at high doses, can increase up to 1,000 times the capacity of neutrophils - cells of the immune system - to eliminate antibiotic-resistant staphylococci, especially 'Staphylococcus aureus', a pathogen responsible for numerous and varied diseases of varying severity.
Vitamin B3, administered at high doses, can increase up to 1,000 times the capacity of neutrophils - some cells of the immune system - to eliminate bacteria resistant to antibiotics
The authors of the study, which has been published in the 'Journal of Clinical Investigation', explain that the doses of vitamin B3 used in research are much higher than those that could be achieved with a balanced diet or taking vitamin supplements, and that it is, therefore, of doses at therapeutic levels although, they add, they are levels that have been previously administered safely to humans for other medical purposes.
Researchers hope that the results obtained in the laboratory can be extrapolated to people, since confirmed their effectiveness in humans, could be a new treatment for staphylococcal infections and even combined with other available drugs, since the vitamin B3 acts by stimulating the immune system, so that the immune response multiplies its potency to naturally fight pathogens. In his opinion, this would also serve to reduce the consumption of antibiotics, which would have a positive effect on health and prevent the bacteria from acquiring so much resistance.