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Diabetics, here's another good reason to take your B vitamin!

by , 02 September 2013

There are many health benefits to taking B vitamins. For instance, they help produce DNA in your body, reduce risk of anemia, allow your body to grow and develop naturally, support mental and emotional stability and they reduce your risk of heart disease. Now there's another health benefit to add to that long list. Read on to find out how niacin (vitamin B3) can prevent type II diabetes.

There’s another good reason to take your B vitamins.

Niacin, a form of vitamin B3 can help lower your diabetes risk.

Want to lower your type II diabetes risk? Take your B vitamins

‘Niacin and niacinamide, both forms of vitamin B3, are necessary in a type II diabetes prevention program,” says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

Niacin is another crucial component of glucose tolerance factor (which enhances the blood-sugar-lowering action of insulin). Niacinamide helps protect pancreatic islet cells against the ultimate exhaustion that can be created by years of insulin overproduction.

Dr Wright explains that in one study, 16 elderly individuals received either 200mcg of chromium, 100mg of niacin, or both, daily for 28 days.

The results of the study showed that fasting plasma-glucose levels (measures blood sugar levels and is used to diagnose diabetes) and glucose tolerance were unaffected by either chromium or niacin alone. But, when both of the nutrients were supplemented, significant improvements were seen in both fasting blood sugar and glucose tolerance.

Based on the results of this study, it appears that a small amount of niacin should be included in any supplement program designed to regulate blood sugar.

Fortunately, many good multiple and B-complex vitamin combinations contain at least 15mg to 25 mg of niacin and 50mg to 100mg of niacinamide, so separate supplementation of these items isn’t usually necessary.

It’s advisable to talk to your doctor to get an appropriate dosage if you want to take niacin to lower your type II diabetes risk.

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