Why Should you include Niacinamide in your Daily Diet?

robynjones By robynjones, 10th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_8qudypt/
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Vitamin B3 is necessary to maintain the health of your cells. It is also required in the manufacture of fatty acids. Niacinamide is also known as nicotinamide as well as nicotinic acid amide.

Overview

Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that is converted from niacin in your body when too much niacin is present for your body’s requirements. Niacin and niacinamide both belong to the vitamin B3 which is part of the B complex group of vitamins. Vitamin B3 is necessary to maintain the health of your cells. It is also required in the manufacture of fatty acids. Niacinamide is also known as nicotinamide as well as nicotinic acid amide.

Function of Niacinamide

A substance in your body called NADP, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme. Another coenzyme is called NAD, or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. Niacinamide is an integral part of these coenzymes. Both NAD and NADP convert glycogen into glucose and, as this reaction occurs, energy is released and made available for your body’s tissues. Niacinamide is also responsible for maintaining the healthy function of your central nervous system as well as repairing any damaged or broken filaments of DNA.

Functions of Niacinamide

The properties of Niacinamide enable it to reduce the quantity of triglycerides found in your blood. For people who may be at risk of coronary artery disease, artherosclerosis, or heart disease, niacinamide is often administered in quite large doses. The Coronary Project Research Group’s clinical studies carried out in 1975 have shown niacinamide to be so effective that it is often used as a prophylactic treatment to prevent further heart attacks in men with a known history of heart disease. . Another use for niacinamide is to reduce the levels of your blood pressure. Niacinamide is also administered to people with Alzheimer’s disease and those who suffer with macular degeneration.

Topical Applications

Niacinamide is often included as an ingredient in moisturizers and shampoos. As a topical application direct to the skin, niacinamide has been found to have a beneficial effect on acne vulgaris and rosacea. It has also been found to be efficacious when treating bullous pemphigoid and granuloma annulare, two skin conditions that respond well to topical applications of niacinamide.

Side Effects

The reason niacinamide is preferred over using niacin direct is because niacinamide doesn’t produce the side effects of skin flushing that niacin shows. Niacinamide also produces side effects. These could be itching, a slightly upset stomach or dry skin although these side effects usually only occur when niacinamide is administered in fairly large doses.

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Niacin, Niacinamide, Vitamin B, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6

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author avatar Denise O
11th Oct 2010 (#)

I will have to discuss this with my doctor, during our next visit.
Good info.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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