THE VITAL VITAMIN B3
by Dr. Perricone
Vitamin B3 for Superior Cell Protection
Vitamin B3 is one of eight B vitamins. It is also known as niacin
(nicotinic acid) and has two other forms, niacinamide
(nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate.
The nicotinamide form of vitamin B3 is an extremely powerful cell
protectant and can prevent damage to DNA. It is protective of all
organ systems and can prevent the cognitive decline resulting
from aging and Alzheimer's disease. Nicotinamide is also
protective of blood vessels, preventing inflammation and
subsequent atherosclerosis. It also delays the onset and progress
This cell-protective agent functions on a mitochondrial level to
prevent apoptosis (programmed cell death), thus saving brain
cells, pancreatic cells, blood vessels, and other vital organ
systems. Nicotinamide's powerful anti-inflammatory effects block
pro-inflammatory cytokines that, in turn, block the progression
of multiple disease processes, including multiple sclerosis,
arthritis, and autoimmune diseases.
Nicotinamide also stabilizes blood sugar and prevents insulin
resistance. This B vitamin also participates in energy production
in the mitochondria. It maintains the integrity of the
mitochondrial membrane, preventing the changes seen with aging.
The most dramatic positive effects are seen in its ability to
protect the genomic DNA from the degradation that is seen with
aging and disease.
Through multiple mechanisms, such as the anti-inflammatory
capability as well as protection of the mitochondria and DNA,
niacinamide significantly increases cell longevity. The powerful
cell-protective action of this single agent holds tremendous
potential for both life extension and the prevention of all
I have just looked at the label of my vitamin/mineral suppliment
I take called "MultiSure - For Men Over 50" - and it does NOT
contain vitamin B3. So looks like I will have to look
specifically for this B3 vitamin.