Vitamin B3 represents a family of compounds that include niacin. For many years, niacin has been available as an over-the-counter therapy for the treatment of some high cholesterol related disorders. Found in a wide variety of varying foodstuffs, vitamin B3 is critical to a number of important dialogical processes.
Now recent research suggested that regular vitamin B3 consumption may help prevent non-melanoma skin cancers such as squamous cell in basal cell carcinoma. An Australian study followed almost 400 patients with the previous history of at least two nonmelanoma skin cancers in the previous five years (and therefore considered it at high risk) over a two-year period. The treatment group received 1000 mg of nicotinamide per day over the course of a year. The group taking the vitamin B3 had in the likelihood of developing another squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. There was also an additional 20% reduction in the development of actinic keratoses, which is a precancerous type of skin tumor. There was no difference in adverse effects between those taking vitamin B3 and those who were not.
Some of the best natural sources of vitamin B3 can be found in meat, seafood, poultry and vegetables. Seafood include fish like tuna, salmon and sardines. Beef, lamb and poultry such as chicken and turkey are also excellent sources. Crimini mushrooms are particularly high in vitamin B3 as are such vegetables as asparagus, tomatoes and bell peppers. Adding fresh, wholesome selections of these ingredients into your meals adds not only scrumptious tastes and textures but made just allow you to add a little more sunshine to your life as well.