Vitamin may combat pain


Vitamin may combat pain in multiple sclerosis

Ian Sample
Wednesday September 20, 2006
The Guardian

Vitamin B3 may protect people with multiple sclerosis from debilitating nerve damage, scientists report today.

Tests revealed that mice with an MS-like disease experienced less weakness and paralysis if they received regular injections of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3.

Lead researcher Shinjiro Kaneko at Children's Hospital Boston, in Massachusetts, believes the chemical protects against progressive nerve damage, which can cause fatigue, pain and behavioural changes. He hopes the study, which appears in the Journal of Neuroscience, will initiate a clinical trial.