Your Questions About Vitamin B3 - Answered!
Moisturisers containing Vitamin B3 are known to restore skin cells.
Still unsure? Check out a few of the most commonly asked questions regarding the use of Vitamin B3 and how Vaseline can help.
- What is Vitamin B3?
Vitamin B3, commonly referred to as niacinamide, is made and used by your body to convert carbs, fats and proteins into energy, and known to help boost brain and digestive functions, improve arthritis, among other things; it’s one of the eight B-complex vitamins.
The body can also produce niacin from the amino acid. Additionally, niacin comes in several forms, including niacinamide, which is known to have many skin care benefits.
- What are good sources of Vitamin B3?
If ingested, the recommended daily amount of Vitamin B3 niacinamides for adult males is 16 milligrams (mg) a day and for adult women—who aren't pregnant—14 mg a day.
So while you’re making your grocery list, be sure to include foods like mushrooms, cereals, eggs, meat, green veggies, nuts and beans to get your intake. And keep in mind, while eating niacin-rich foods is important, topical application of lotions and products like Vaseline® Healthy White Lotions, that contain Vitamin B3 have benefits, too. Which leads us to the next question….
- What does Vitamin B3 do for your skin?
In its niacinamide form, the vitamin works to prevent water loss and retain skin’s moisture content. It’s also known to increase keratin. When it comes to aging skin, niacinamide improves the surface structure, helping smooth out skin’s texture and reduce the look of wrinkles.
Improve skin function https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20354654
University of Maryland Medical Center
Other side effects can include stomach upset, intestinal gas, dizziness and pain in the mouth, the NIH reported.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1336277/pdf/cmaj00260-0020a.pdf (pdf - 213kb)
2,000 to 6,000 mg of niacin a day (mayo clinic)
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