New research from the University of Missouri has found that dietary supplements like nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3 can actually increase the risk of serious disease, including developing cancer. The international team of researchers led by Elena Goun, an associate professor of chemistry at MU, discovered high levels of NR could not only increase someone’s risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer, but also could cause cancer to metastasize or spread to the brain. Once cancer reaches the brain, the results are deadly because no viable treatment options exist at this time, said Goun, who is the corresponding author of the study that was published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics. The researchers used this technology to compare and examine how much NR levels were present in cancer cells, T cells and healthy tissues.

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