Study Finds Vitamin C Kills Drug-Resistant TB
A team of scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine accidentally discovered that Vitamin C kills drug-resistant tuberculosis.
“This would be a great study to consider because we have strains of tuberculosis that we don’t have drugs for, and I know in the laboratory that we can kill those strains with Vitamin C,” says the study’s lead author William Jacobs.
Currently it can cost as much as $250,000 to treat a single patient with multi-drug resistant variety of TB in the United States. Patients in poor countries suffer high death rates due to lack of sufficient medicines.
In 2011, 8.7 million people fell ill with TB and 1.4 million died, according to the World Health Organization.
If Vitamin C is as powerful as this study suggests, a very scary airborne disease just became a lot less expensive to treat and much less deadly.
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