Unlocking the Power of
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) for Your Health

Vitamin B3 Deficiency

Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is an essential nutrient that not only supports energy metabolism and nervous system function but also offers numerous health benefits, particularly in terms of skin health, cholesterol management, and overall cellular processes. Let’s dive into the benefits of this versatile vitamin and how it contributes to maintaining a healthy body.

Understanding Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)

Vitamin B3 is one of the eight B vitamins, and it comes in two forms: niacin (nicotinic acid) and niacinamide (nicotinamide). While both forms are used to maintain general good health, niacinamide is particularly noted for its role in supporting skin health and preventing the non-flushing side effects associated with niacin.

Recommended Intake

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin B3 varies based on age, gender, and other health factors. Adults generally need between 14 to 16 mg of niacin equivalent per day. 

Health Benefits of Vitamin B3

Skin Health: Niacinamide is widely recognized for its role in skin health. It helps build proteins in the skin and locks in moisture to prevent environmental damage. Studies have shown that niacinamide can help reduce redness and hyperpigmentation, minimize the appearance of pores, and treat acne【1】【2】.

Cholesterol Management: One of the primary uses of niacin, a form of Vitamin B3, is to manage cholesterol levels. It can significantly reduce levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. 【3】.

Cellular Health: Niacinamide plays a crucial role in cellular metabolism, converting food into energy. It’s also involved in cell signaling and DNA repair, essential processes for maintaining cellular integrity and function【4】.

Cognitive Health: Recent studies suggest that Vitamin B3 might have neuroprotective properties, potentially aiding in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive declines by protecting brain cells from damage【5】.

Food Sources

Rich dietary sources of Vitamin B3 include chicken breast, tuna, turkey, salmon, and liver. Plant-based sources such as lentils, seeds, and green leafy vegetables also provide niacinamide, though in smaller amounts.

Signs of Deficiency and Toxicity

Deficiency in Vitamin B3 can lead to pellagra, characterized by dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. While niacin deficiency is rare in developed countries, it still occurs and can be severe if not addressed. 

Key Takeaways

Vitamin B3 is crucial for skin health, cholesterol management, and maintaining cellular health.

Consuming a balanced diet rich in Vitamin B3 foods is generally sufficient for meeting your nutritional needs; however, supplements may be necessary for specific medical conditions under professional guidance.

Understanding the dual roles of niacin and niacinamide within Vitamin B3 can help tailor your intake to meet specific health goals, whether it’s improving skin health, managing cholesterol, or boosting cellular metabolism.

Emphasizing balance and moderation is key to harnessing the full potential of Vitamin B3 for your health and well-being.

TIKVA HEART and Vitamin B3

TIKVA HEART, which targets cardiovascular risk factors, incorporates Vitamin B3 in its formulation to leverage its benefits for cholesterol management and overall heart health.

To learn more about TIKVA HEART and all its benefits


[1] Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology: “Niacinamide: A B vitamin that improves aging facial skin appearance.”
[2] Dermatologic Surgery: “Topical Niacinamide for skin rejuvenation.”
[3] American Journal of Cardiology: “Effect of Niacin on Lipid and Lipoprotein Levels.”
[4] Journal of Nutrition: “Niacinamide: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Health Effects.”
[5] Neurology: “Niacinamide and Neurodegenerative Disorders.”

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