Vitamin B3 May Be the Cure for Superbug and Staph Infections

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Although the development of antibiotics is often lauded as one of the most important discoveries and inventions of all time, their overuse has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are becoming harder and harder to kill. While pharmacists are attempting to tackle this issue by developing new drugs, a recent study has found that vitamin B3 may actually treat and kill life-threatening infections.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, focused specifically on the staphylococcus aureus virus (more commonly known as a staph infection). This groundbreaking research concluded that high doses of vitamin B3 caused the body to increase its production of white blood cells, targeting the infection.

This natural boost to the body’s own immune system creates an environment where this specific infection, and potentially many others, cannot survive. Preliminary studies have also found that high doses of B3 may also aid in treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This treatment option has also shown effectiveness towards klebsiella pneumonia and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Overall, this incredibly inexpensive and natural treatment can have the same effect on various bacteria in the body as antibiotics, without destroying any helpful bacteria that prevent imbalances. This, coupled with its natural support of the immune system, may mean that vitamin B3, which is already known to support healthy fat absorption and stabilize blood sugar, has more than one purpose!

Popular Sources of Vitamin B3 Include:

Animal products:

  • liver, heart and kidney
  • chicken, chicken breast
  • beef
  • fish: tuna, salmon, halibut
  • eggs

Fruits and vegetables:

  • avocados
  • dates
  • tomatoes
  • leafy vegetables
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • asparagus


  • nuts
  • whole grain products
  • legumes
  • saltbush seeds


  • shiitake mushrooms

Eating a healthy, nutrient rich diet that includes some of the above Vitamin B3 sources is a perfect first step in adding B3 to your diet.