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 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.