Niacinamide, according to is a combination of vitamin B3, niacin and amide. Niacinamide can be found in many foods that your dog consumes such as meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, and grains. Niacin and Niacinamide, which are required for the proper function of fats and sugars in the body to maintain healthy cells, are FDA approved for the treatment of your dog’s niacin and B vitamin deficiency. Niacinamide helps to improve blood flow and also is an anti-inflammatory. Niacinamide for use in canines can definitely have some benefits for your dog, alone or in conjunction with other medications per the advice of your veterinarian.
Niacinamide can be made from niacin in the body. Niacin is converted to niacinamide when it is taken in amounts greater than what is needed by the body. Niacin and niacinamide are easily dissolved in water and are well-absorbed when taken by mouth.
Niacinamide is commonly used to treat certain autoimmune or immune mediated skin problems in dogs. It may help a greater lowering of blood pressure as well. It can also be very helpful to treat ocular diseases like conjunctivitis which is also known as pink eye.
Niacinamide is a biologically active form of niacin (vitamin B3) found widely in many root vegetables and yeasts. It is also an important precursor to the co-factors NADH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate). Along with their reduced forms NADH and NADPH, these enzymes participate in numerous enzymatic reactions and also act as antioxidants. One of the advantages of niacinamide is its stability being unaffected by light, moisture, acids, alkalis, or oxidizers.
Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a water-soluble amide of nicotinic acid. Niacinamide is one of two principal forms of the B-complex vitamin, B3. Niacin HC CH was first isolated from rice bran in 1911. Niacinamide, the N amide of niacin, was later isolated in 1934 by Warburg and Christian when coenzyme II, NADP, was extracted from horse erythrocytes.1 While niacinamide and niacin have identical vitamin activities (i.e., they both prevent development of the vitamin B3-deficiency condition, pellagra), they have very different pharmacological activities.
Niacinamide has been used in skin care products, including moisturizers, anti-aging products, and rosacea treatments. The benefits of niacinamide in skin care needs to be further studied before recommendations are made.
Niacin and niacinamide remain one of the most valuable, yet under appreciated and under utilized vitamins available to the public today. It is relativley safe and inexpensive. For most conditions mentioned above, the uncomfortable flushing that some people may experience can be avoided by using niacinamide. For cholesterol, where niacin should be used, the benefits far outweigh the possible discomfort. Ah yes, even now I can feel the warm tingling starting in my ears. I will continue to take it to, hopefully, reduce my chances of developing Alzheimer’s.