The CDC reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer within the United States, so it comes as no surprise that the search for preventative measures to aid in the reduction of skin cancers continues within the medical community. One promising substance being studied by researchers is nicotinamide, which may prove helpful in protecting skin cells from potentially damaging, sometimes cancer-causing exposure to UVB rays from the sun. This post will discuss what nicotinamide is, along with some promising research on how this common-place substance may play a role in helping people reduce their risk of developing skin cancer.
What is Nicotinamide?
Nicotinamide, sometimes referred to as niagen, is form of vitamin B3. It is found in foods such as dairy milk, yeast, and beer, and is also available in pill supplement form. It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it is not stored in the body. The recommended daily dosage for nicotinamide is 250-300 mg per day. Since other forms of milk such as almond and coconut milk have become more widespread, many in the population may not be ingesting enough of this important B3 vitamin. When taken daily in pill form within the recommended dosage, nicotinamide is generally considered to be a safe and inexpensive way to ensure one is receiving the full benefits of this B vitamin.
How can Nicotinamide Aid in Preventing Skin Cancer?
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage the DNA of skin cells. Not only does UV radiation deplete the energy that skin cells need to repair the damaged DNA, it also suppresses the skin’s immune system. Over time, the damage to the DNA of skin cells can result in a person developing some form of skin cancer.
Studies have shown that nicotinamide may provide skin cells with a much-needed energy boost, which in turn can help enhance DNA repair, as well as help strengthen the skin’s immune system.
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