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Vitamin B3 May Be Cure for Mitochondrial Disease

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For people living with mitochondrial disease, recent research on niacin (vitamin B3) offers hope for a better life.

The University of Helsinki and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne recently studied nicotinamide riboside which is a form of vitamin B3. Their findings indicated that nicotinamide riboside (NR) can slow mitochondrial disease progression.

Nicotinamide riboside is a metabolic booster found in milk and whey. It is known as a miracle molecule.

Mitochondria generate ATP which fuels all of our cells. When mitochondria don't function efficiently inherited metabolic illness such as mitochondrial myopathy can result.

Cramps, pain and muscle weakness are some of the common symptoms. Thus far, there has been no cure for mitochondrial disease.

NR has been seen to help in the prevention or reduction of cholesterol issues, energy loss, insulin resistance, muscle loss and obesity and other symptoms associated with aging and slowing down in general.

NR creates NAD+ coenzyme -- nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide -- in the cells, which plays a vital role in the efficiency of the body's metabolic processes.

Mitochondria are the source of most of our cell's chemical energy. They also have to do with cell death and growth. They regulate cell division.

Dr. Nahid Khan who was in Professor Anu Suomalainen Wartiovaara's group reported that when food supplemented with nicotinamide riboside was fed to mice, mitochondrial myopathy was slowed. Mitochondrial mass and function was enhanced, and structural abnormalities were healed.

ScienceDailly.com reported that Professor Anu Suomalainen Wartiovaara observed, "These results are a breakthrough for understanding the mechanisms of human mitochondrial muscle diseases and for exploring the efficient treatment options for these progressive disorders of adults. They also highlight the potent role of niacin in guiding mitochondrial energy metabolism."

Data about this research came from the University of Helsinki.

This study is just the most recent research to encourage optimism about the possible benefits of NR for mitochondrial disease.

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I have mitochondria issues and low b3 and have been taking nicotinamide alongside other supplements. coQ10, acetyl l carnitine, l glutamine and d ribose. I noticed a crash when I ran out of nicotinamide and coq10 so from a practical sense I think that these two supplements probably have the most effect on me. Awaiting the supplements in the post to get on them again!

January 2, 2015 - 8:33am

Niacin is a weak precursor of NAD+, the coenzyme that was shown in a recent Harvard/MIT/National Institutes of Health study to literally reverse muscle and mitochondrial aging. The only effective way to achieve the equivalent concentrations of NAD+ however is to actually ingest NAD+, and the only NAD+ supplement is not Niacin; it is MitoTrans. Since the Harvard study there has been a rush of misleading information by non scientists implying that a precursor such as Niacin can produce the same age reversal effects. The truth is that only a pharma grade NAD+ supplement can achieve this level of increase. Precursors are far too weak to produce an adequate increase in NAD+.

April 15, 2014 - 11:44pm
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