Scientists at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry have found that Vitamin D can help antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis (TB).
During the study led by Dr Adrian Martineau of the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, 146 patients with drug-sensitive TB were evenly assigned four oral doses of 2.5 mg of Vitamin D, or a placebo. The standard antibiotic treatment for the condition also continued undisturbed for all the participants.
It takes up to six weeks for clearance of TB from the lungs and all those on standard therapy stuck to the estimated recovery time. Those participants, who took Vitamin D in addition to the standard therapy, seemed to recover within 5 weeks itself. The difference in recovery time may not be that significant, yet it was seen that patients with a specific genetic type of Vitamin D receptor responded faster to standard antibiotic treatment for clearing TB when they received Vitamin D.