Researchers have found a certain harmful bacteria, Burkholderia cenocepacia, becomes highly resistant to antibiotics causing severe lung infections in individuals with cystic fibrosis. A recent study however shows supplementing fat-soluble vitamins may increase the effectiveness of the antibiotics prescribed to treat these lung infections.
The antibiotic capturing proteins, Lipocalins, were found to latch on to fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin E better than to the antibiotics usually given to treat certain infections. This then frees the antibiotics from the Lipocalins which enables the antibiotics to fight the infection by targeting the bacteria. Basically the fat soluble vitamins “soak up” the lipocalins before they are able to bind to the antibiotics, which increase the likelihood that the antibiotics will reach the bacteria.
Lung infections, usually caused by bacteria, are a chronic and serious problem for people suffering from cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs and long term may cause breathing issues due to chronic lung infections.
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