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Osteoarthritis is among the many types of health concerns that aging adults will face. If you have a familial history of osteoarthritis, or if you are noticing the early onset of decreased joint flexibility, considering supplementing your diet with vitamin B3, also known as niacin. Eat plenty of Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, enriched breads, mushrooms, green vegetables, peanut butter, potatoes and rice. It is also available as a supplement in the vitamin aisle at your supermarket. The dosage is 15-20 milligrams, and vitamin B3 is usually safe to take although rare liver problems have occurred at dosages in excess of 1,000 milligrams a day.
Vitamin B3 is a supplement that may help people with osteoarthritis. One 1996 study (National Institutes of Health) showed that taking vitamin B3 was more effective than a placebo in improving flexibility and reducing inflammation. Another study suggested that vitamin B3 may improve arthritis symptoms, including increasing joint mobility and reducing the amount of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) needed.
Vitamin B3 has other benefits besides its effect on osteoarthritis. Vitamin B3 or niacin is very important in maintaining healthy skin and proper blood circulation. It also has significant effects in maintaining normal nerve and brain functions, enhancing memory, as well as in the proper digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The most renowned of all the benefits of vitamin B3 is its significant effect in lowering and controlling cholesterol levels. In fact, there are now a good number of people who use niacin to lower cholesterol. The other benefits of vitamin B3 ranges from its relieving effect on schizophrenia and almost everything else in between. So if you have osteoarthritis, or are interested in lowering your cholesterol, vitamin B3 might be something you want to add to your diet. Either add one of the many food options listed above or pick up the supplement at the store, it will be listed as either vitamin B3 or niacin.