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Veterinarian Reviewed on January 9, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3 or Niacin. Usually, Niacinamide is administered to people who suffer pellagra or niacin deficiency. Deficiency with niacin can result to dementia, diarrhea, peeling of skin, and swelling and reddening of the tongue. Instead of niacin that causes side-effect, Niacinamide is prescribed.

Niacinamide is very much compatible with many anti aging products and other skin care products. It has the capacity to improve the moisture of the skin and aide the production of collagen in the skin. More so, it strengthens the outermost layer of skin and enhances renewal of skin surface to get rid of discoloration and make the skin smooth.

History and Origin

Niacinamide is present in different kinds of food like milk, green vegetables, eggs, fish, and meat. However, if you need the substance in its volume or concentrated form; Niacinamide has to be produced through using specific modern technology.

Manufacturers of Niacinamide use what is considered green technology in order not to damage the environment. Today, there are several manufacturers of Niacianamide, which are used for drugs and commercial products such as beauty and skin care products.
Niacinamide are produced in liquid and powdered forms before other ingredients are added into it to form different kinds of products like anti-aging creams and memory-enhancer food supplements.

Ancient Uses

In ancient time, Niacinamide is not yet known as Vitamin B3 by people. However, Niacinamide already exist and the people are getting its benefits without knowing it. Niacinamide can be found in many types of food such as meat, eggs, yeast, fish, green vegetables, cereals, and milk.

Women in early days use milk to soften their skin and enhance moisture. Without their knowledge, it is the Niacinamide in milk that brings the good health in their skin.

Modern Uses

One of the modern uses of Niacinamide is as a substitute for niacin in some cases, but not in all. This is because Niacinamide cannot help in correcting levels of blood fats and is not appropriate if you are being treated for high cholesterol.

Niacinamide for oral use is usually taken at least once a day. It is taken for cell respiration, proper blood circulation and healthy skin, aid in the discharge of energy and burning of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and for normal secretion of stomach fluids and bile. It is also used for the production of sex hormones and treatment of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Niacinamide is also used as a memory booster supplement.

Niacinamide for topical application is used to improve the moisture of the skin and maintain its young look. It is also used in numerous facial creams and anti-aging products.

Side Effects

Niacinamide is safe and can be generally accepted by the body. However, there is a possibility that it can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea; which should be gone after a while. If any of these effects worsen, a doctor should be notified.

Niacinamide does not normally cause any types of allergy. But, if allergic symptoms occur such as itching, rash, dizziness and difficulty in breathing, see a doctor at once.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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