Research on Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) And Skin Cancer
In a clinical trial, people who took two pills a day of Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 available as a nutritional supplement, had a 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who took placebo pills.
Medical Breakthrough For Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
This study included 386 people for 1 year. Half of the participants took 500mg of Vitamin B3 twice daily. The remaining half were given a placebo.
The study’s researchers discovered that the individuals taking niacinamide 2x/day reduced their chances of developing new skin cancers by 23 percent. That’s amazing!
How Niacinamide Works
UV radiation damaging the DNA in skin cells as well as suppressing the immune defences of our skin. Nicotinamide also referred to as Niacinamide works on preventing this sun-induced suppression of the immune system.
We encourage everyone to consult with their dermatologist before trying Vitamin D3, in order to make sure it’s suitable for them. Keep in mind that nicotinamide is very different from the nicotinic acid form of vitamin B3. Nicotinic acid can cause side effects such as flushing, headaches, and changes in blood pressure.
A Word Of Caution
While this study suggests that non-melanoma skin cancers may be reduced with Vitamin B3, you still need to practice sun safety. You still need to protect yourself and your family against sun-damage and melanoma skin cancers.
Here are some ways to practice sun safety.
- Avoid peak sunlight.
- Wear sun-protective clothing including hats.
- Stay in the shade whenever possible.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Sunblock/Sunscreen. It must be applied and re-applied throughout the day. Don’t forget to check expiration dates.