In the study, the investigators treated Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected mice with anti-tuberculosis drugs or vitamin C alone, or the drugs and vitamin C together. According to the researchers, vitamin C had no activity by itself, but in two independent experiments, the combination of vitamin C with the first-line TB drugs, reduced the organ burdens faster than the two drugs without vitamin C.
Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis and can turn out to be fatal if appropriate measures are not taken. People who are undernourished have a greater risk of developing TB. Including foods that are rich in vitamin c in the daily diet regime of TB patients could provide many benefits. Vitamin C also boosts the body's ability to synthesize calcium.
Treatment of multi-drug resistant TB takes at least two years, and requires use of toxic second-line TB drugs with severe side effects.
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