herbal medicine to treat tuberculosis.
One is, a research conducted by a team of Yeshiva University showed surprising results. Because vitamin C was able to kill some drug-resistant bacteria. The research results are expected to be a bright spot in the progress of the treatment of drug-resistant TB disease that currently affects approximately 650,000 people worldwide.
Lab studies show, vitamin C acts as a "reducing agent" is something that triggers the production of reactive oxygen species called free radicals. TB kills free radicals, even drug-resistant types that are not susceptible to common antibiotics.
Lead researcher Dr. William Jacobs, professor of microbiology and immunology, said that this new research-tested on a laboratory scale. "We do not know whether it will be effective in experimental animals and humans," he said. But he said it was hoped vitamin C could be a new hope in the treatment of TB. "Vitamin C is cheap, available anywhere and is very safe to use. Important thing so far is quite effective to attack the TB germs," he said.
There is the possibility of vitamin C can be used in addition to TB drugs. Alternatively, the scientists will create a new TB drugs that work by generating free radicals in large numbers. Vitamin C or askorbit acids have many roles in the body, including protecting the cells and keep them healthy. Natural sources of this vitamin include fruits, broccoli, and so on.