A new study published by researchers in Dublin, Ireland, has shown how vitamin A drives the lung’s immune system to control tuberculosis (TB).
It is well known that malnutrition and a deficiency of essential nutrients are major risk factors for TB and other bacterial and viral infections. Nevertheless, while antioxidants are proven to decrease infection rates and improve recovery from TB, they are not yet part of the standard treatment for it.
In a study published in 2008, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute reported on a clinical trial they conducted which had examined 120 hospitalized patients with active pulmonary TB. The goal of the study was to investigate how a combination of specific micronutrients, when taken along with standard TB treatment, affects the healing process in the disease.
At the end of the trial period the patients taking micronutrients were found to have significantly higher signs of healing, as seen on their chest X-rays and other parameters. Their cavity healing was almost 30 percent higher than that of the control group of patients who received only the standard TB treatment. Moreover, every single patient in the group taking micronutrients tested negative to the TB bacteria. In the control group, however, only 88 percent of patients had a negative test.
To learn more about the clinical benefits of micronutrients in TB, read this article on our website.