A new study has found that vitamin E deficiency is associated with an increased risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB).
World Health Organization statistics show that in 2016 10.4 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.7 million died from the disease. However, because TB bacteria have now developed resistance to almost all available standard treatment options, this death rate is expected to increase. As such, new approaches to treating TB are desperately needed.
Significantly, therefore, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a clinical trial in 120 hospitalized patients with active pulmonary TB to investigate how a combination of specific micronutrients, when taken along with standard treatments, affects the healing process. At the end of the study, as evidenced by their chest X-rays and other measured parameters, the patients taking the micronutrients had significantly greater signs of healing. In particular, their cavity healing was almost 30 percent higher than that of the control group of patients who received only standard TB treatment. Moreover, all (i.e. 100 percent) of the patients in the group taking the micronutrients tested negative to the TB bacteria. In contrast, only 88 percent of the patients in the control group had a negative TB test.