Parkinson’s: Vitamin B-3 may stop brain cell death

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Editorial Staff Whealthnews

Date: 30.06.2018

Vitamin B-3 may help to stop the death of nerve cells that occurs in Parkinson's disease, according to a recent German-led study that may lead to new treatments for the brain-wasting disease.

How could taking vitamin B-3 affect a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease?

The researchers' paper is now published in the journal Cell Reports.

In it, they report how a form of vitamin B-3 called nicotinamide riboside helped to preserve nerve cells by boosting their mitochondria, or energy-producing centers.

"This substance," explains senior study author Dr. Michela Deleidi, who leads brain research projects at the University of Tübingen and the Helmholtz Association — both in Germany — "stimulates the faulty energy metabolism in the affected nerve cells and protects them from dying off."

Parkinson's disease and mitochondria

Parkinson's disease is a condition that worsens over time and arises due to death of neurons, or nerve cells, in a part of the brain that is responsible for movement.

The cells produce a chemical called dopamine that is important for controlling movement. As the disease progresses, walking, coordination, and balance all become increasingly difficult.

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