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Vitamin B3 Might Help Prevent Melanoma

By jeremyc | August 9, 2017

Latest research suggests nicotinamide, a type of vitamin B3, might help prevent melanoma, the most severe skin cancer of all. The researchers believe there’s enough evidence about the potential of this compound to help ward off melanoma to warrant clinical trials.

We can get nicotinamide, also called niacinamide, from many different types of foods, including, but not limited to, fish, eggs, milk, lean meats, and green vegetables. Nicotinamide is also available in form of dietary supplement.

This compound has potent cholesterol-lowering capabilities. That’s why it is often used in form of a medication to lower cholesterol. Nicotinamide is also recommended for treating and preventing pellagra, a condition caused by vitamin B3 deficiency.

In this review, the researchers examined several studies done to investigate the effect of nicotinamide on melanoma. The researchers noted that the vitamin might be an effective in preventing melanoma, particularly in those who have a high risk of it.

Melanoma starts in melanocytes, skin cells which are responsible for producing a pigment known as melanin, which helps protect deeper skin layers from the bad effects of UV rays.

It is estimated that more than 87,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the U.S. and about 9,000 individuals will die from it.

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