Who should take nicotinamide?

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Nicotinamide can be taken by children and adults to supplement a natural supply of vitamin B3. Nicotinamide is the biologically active form of niacin (also known as nicotinic acid). Nicotinamide is sometimes preferred as a supplement because it lacks some of the side effects of niacin. Niacin, but not nicotinamide, has been used as a drug to lower blood cholesterol levels. Nicotinamide, on the other hand, is used to prevent and treat pellegra, a vitamin B3 deficiency disease. It has also been found to be effective in arthritis and early-onset Type I diabetes and is believed to cause improvements in energy production. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking nicotinamide.

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