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Niacinamide is one of the two primary forms of B3 vitamin, which is a vitamin that belongs to a B group of vitamins. B3 can be in a form of niacin also known as nicotinic acid or in a form of Niacinamide also known as nicotinamide. Nicotinamide is actually an active form of niacin. Both of these forms of vitamin B3 need to be taken in prescribed daily doses. If not taken enough through food, there are numerous supplements containing both nicotinamide and Niacinamide.

General Function and Protective Characteristics

Nicotinamide is in charge with energy production, the synthesis of fatty acids, transition of signals and preservation of genome. It is essential ingredient of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide which plays a significant role in glycolysis and cytric acid cycle. NADP is actually a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide together with a phosphorate group. It is in charge with photosynthesis. Apart from high effectiveness in battle against free radicals Niacinamide is good as it increases inflammation and is incredible good at fighting against carcinogenesis. It is also good for patients suffering from osteoarthritis. All in all the major importance of nicotinamide is increase of energy within cells.

Niacinamide is important guardian of nervous system, skin and gastrointestinal tract. Pancreatic β cells are protected by this vitamin. This is why nicotinamide is highly effective in fight against diabetes. This vitamin is also a powerful antioxidant.

The symptoms that are related to deficiency of nicotinamide include: skin problems, sore eyes, inflammatory process of oral mucosa and tongue, pain in abdomen, bloating and diarrhea. Mental signs include depression, anxiety and dementia.

Additionally, Niacinamide is excellent in fight against osteoarthritis. Apart from being effective on its own, Niacinamide also increases the absorption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in people who are suffering from osteoarthritis.

Rosacea as well as changes on skin that are connected with premature aging are effectively treated with Niacinamide. The dry skin which is a common in rosacea is getting softer. Wrinkles and blotches that occur during the process of aging are reduced to significant extent. Niacinamide is also used as a treatment modality in case of acne.


People should be aware of the fact that Niacinamide can interact with some medications and even remedies. This is why it is best to discuss the possible usage of this vitamin in case of additional diseases and therapy. Pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding also need to consult their doctor prior the taking of this vitamin. People with allergic reactions, severe hemorrhage and those suffering from diabetes, liver disease, glaucoma and decrease blood pressure are supposed to go for consultation as well.

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