Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) has recently been shown to reduce the number of non-melanoma skin cancers and actinic keratoses. In a recent Australian study, high risk individuals with a history of basal or squamous skin cancer were randomized to receive Nicotinamide or placebo supplements. The group that consumed Nicotinamide 500 mg twice daily experienced a 23% reduction in the number of pre-cancer and cancerous lesions.
Nicotinamide works by boosting the skin’s immune system and helping repair sun damage. The vitamin is safe, affordable, and readily available over-the-counter.
In conjunction with sun safe behavior, sunscreen, and sun-protective clothing, Nicotinamide appears to be a great adjunct for those at high risk for skin cancer!