Nicotinamide riboside suplements are dangerous, researchers warned

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(NR), a form of vitamin B3, known for its anti-aging effect,was linked to benefits related to cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurological health in previous studies but a new research from the University of Missouri (MU) has found NR could actually increase the risk of serious disease, including developing cancer. It also could cause the cancer to metastasize or spread to the brain. No viable treatment options exist at this time for brain cancer. Our work is especially important given the wide commercial availability and a large number of ongoing human clinical trials where NR is used to mitigate the side effects of cancer therapy in patients,” Elena Goun, an associate professor of chemistry at MU who led the study said. The researchers made the discovery while using bioluminescent imaging technology to study how supplements work inside the body. “Some people take them (vitamins and supplements) because they automatically assume that vitamins and supplements only have positive health benefits, but very little is known about how they actually work,” Goun also said.

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The findings emphasise the importance of careful investigations of potential side effects for supplements, as their industry is booming.