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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Vitamin B3 Dosage for PKD

2014-07-06 09:00

Vitamin B3 Dosage for PKDPolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is characterized with numerous cysts in the kidneys. When those cysts becomes large they becomes harmful for the body and cause many symptoms. Many patients are recommended to take vitamin B3 to shrink kidney cyst. However, what is the dosage of vitamin B3 that is safe for PKD patients?

How does vitamin B3 treat PKD?

Vitamin B3 is one essential vitamin for our body that is responsible for processing fat in the body, adjusting blood glucose levels and reducing high cholesterol levels. Recently, it is also found to be able to inhibit the activity of one protein called Sirt1, which affects the formation and growth of PKD kidney cysts. Additionally, vitamin B3 can also help protect kidney function for patients with Polycystic.

The vitamin B3 dosage for PKD patients

PKD has two types: ADPKD and ARPKD. Because it is one genetic disorder, it may burst at any age. The dosage of vitamin B3 should vary with patients’ age and gender. The recommendations for daily intake of vitamin B3 are as follows:

- Infant. 0~6 months: 2 mg, 7~12 months: 4 mg.

- Child. 1~3 years: 6 mg, 4~8 years: 8mg, 9~13 years: 12 mg.

- Female. 14 years and older: 14 mg.

- Male. 14 years and older: 16 mg.

One more thing patients should know is that the the above information is just for the generals and they should take vitamin B3 based on their specific condition.


Everything has two sides and vitamin B3 is no exception. If patients have irritability, anxiety, fatigue, depression, restlessness and poor concentration, it is more likely to indicate vitamin B3 deficiency, while skin rash, dry skin, elevated blood sugar and digestive problems reveal overdosage.

If you are also taking vitamin B3, you can talk with our experts online for more detailed suggestions. Good luck.

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