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The Power of Two

CSI on Tuberculosis

Published February 25, 2014 11:19 AM by Eleanor Wolfram

I am a huge fan of all of the original and cloned CSI television shows. For those of you who are not in the know -- CSI is the acronym for Crime Scene Investigation. The television dramas are forensic science based utilizing the power of deduction and laboratory skills to solve cases.

Vitamin C is known for its importance in the human diet. As of late, there has been much chatter on how this vitamin can be lethal to certain pathogens.

There are ongoing pathology and food science research studies which show that vitamin C may be able to actually can literally "murder" Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). Specifically, there is an essential nutrient housed within vitamin C that is capable of killing -- yes killing -- the drug-
resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This is done by the vitamin producing oxidative radicals that damages TB's DNA.

Entire populations of drug-resistant strains of the bacteria which causes TB can be destroyed may be able to be destroyed with high doses of vitamin C. The destructions occur as a result of a chemical reaction that produces high levels of DNA-damaging oxidative radicals. The actual dosage levels are still being investigated.

This valuable research finding has prompted new promise on the TB treatment topic by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Findings suggest it may be possible for swifter treatment to occur if vitamin C is added to current TB medications for the hard-to-kill bacteria.

How exciting is this?

posted by Eleanor Wolfram


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