Maximize Niacinamide's Effect on Joint Mobility and Osteoarthritis

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Bone & Joint Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Early studies have documented that everyone past the age of 20 has some degree of degenerative changes taking place in the cartilage lining their joints-even if they don't notice any pain or stiffness yet. The damage is simply the result of wear-and-tear on the joints. And it stands to reason that individuals who have subjected their joints to more trauma will exhibit more damage. By the age of 40, 90% of the population have definite signs of wear-and-tear arthritis that can be demonstrated by X-ray. Even at this point, the majority of these people will still not experience any of the characteristic arthritic symptoms, such as joint pain, stiffness or immobility. If you live long enough, you will experience symptoms of arthritis. Fortunately,  niacinamide can go a long way in both preventing and minimizing arthritic joints.

Niacinamide Triggers Permanent Joint Repair

After several months on niacinamide arthritic patients who were unable to raise their arms above shoulder level before treatment  were easily able to raise their arms over their head. What makes these cases even more remarkable is that these patients also reported a decrease in joint pain and inflammation. Niacinamide is not considered an anti-inflammatory compound or analgesic. Apparently, it is niacinamide's ability to trigger actual repair of the joint surfaces that leads to the dramatic reduction in pain and inflammation. Considering all the side effects and risks associated with anti-inflammatory drugs like prednisone and cortisone, niacinamide is a welcome alternative.

 

These Five Factors Help Maximize Its Effect

1) Adequate protein is necessary for joint repair. Cartilage is high in protein, and without an adequate intake of protein, repair can't take place. That is why I suggest you take a protein powder supplement if you suffer from arthritis.

There are dozens of other protein products on the market, made from everything from eggs to blue-green algae. While there's nothing wrong with these products, if you're older keep in mind that it can be difficult to digest some of their ingredients. The whey-based protein I've recommended seems to be easily digested by almost everyone, without the need for additional digestive enzymes.

2) All the B vitamins work in conjunction with each other. Therefore, you can expect better results if you take niacinamide along with a good multivitamin containing a broad balance of B vitamins.

3) Don't expect a joint to heal properly if it is continually being traumatized by repetitive use or abuse. Arthritis in the knee joint won't heal, for example, if one continues to jog or bang on a carpet stretcher, if that happens to be your line of work. Obesity also creates constant trauma to the weight-bearing joints. One way to minimize routine joint pressure is by wearing shoes with thick, shock-absorbing soles and swimming for exercise.

4) Niacinamide must be taken at very regular intervals during the day to be effective because it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and the central nervous system. It also clears from the body quite rapidly. The  recommended dosage of niacinamide is 250 milligrams every three hours for six dosages. This adds up to a total of 1,500 milligrams of niacinamide a day, taken over an 18-hour period.

For severe joint dysfunction, the recommended dosage is 250 milligrams every two hours for eight dosages. This adds up to a total of 2,000 milligrams a day, taken over a 16-hour period.

For extremely severe joint dysfunction, the recommended dosage is 250 milligrams every one-and-a-half hours for 10 doses, making a total of 2,500 milligrams a day. (In these cases the dosage may be even increased to 250 milligrams every hour for 16 hours, for a total of 4,000 milligrams a day.)

It is important to note here that the intervals mentioned above must be adhered to, and not just the daily dosage amounts.

Now it’s your turn:  What has been your experience taking niacinamide for bone and joint care?

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