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Monday, September 25, 2006

Vitamin B3 Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

In a mouse model of MS, nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, was able to protect nerves from further damage. In other words, the disease was prevented from progressing. (Story at WebMD)

The scientists indicate that the sooner neurons are exposed to this vitamin, the more likely the disease can be slowed or arrested, because nicotinamide helps create an enzyme that protects the nerves from the immune attack that normall occurs in MS and eventually destroys nerve function.

Because of the low toxicity of nicotinamide, those already ill with MS may not want to wait for human studies to commence. This appears to be a case where risk is low and potential benefits are very great.


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