Benefits Of Vitamin B3 Supplements
Niacin, Niacinamide, Nicotinic Acid
Vitamin B3 is needed for healthy skin, proper circulation and lowers cholesterol. It is also a memory enhancer and helpful for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Vitamin B3; also called vitamin PP because it is a pellagra preventive, is sometimes called the happy vitamin because it makes you relax and you do not become upset.
Pellagra with its depression, hostility, mental dullness, suspicion, continuing on through violence and delusions to violent insanity may be cured by nicotinic acid.
Niacin is necessary to release energy from carbohydrates. Minute amounts of niacin are present in all body tissues and are necessary in order for the cells to use oxygen.
Niacinamide is preferred by many individuals because it does not cause the side effects associated with niacin. (See side effects of niacin listed below.) It also slows up the growth of cancer cells in animals.
A significant benefit of vitamin B3 is its ability to prevent recurrent heart attack.
The Health Benefits Of Vitamin B3
- aids in the functioning of the nervous system
- aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins
- aids in the production of hydrochloric acid for the digestive system
- healthy skin
- helps regulate cholesterol levels
- involved in DNA repair
- prevent another heart attack
- processing alcohol
- producing sex hormones
- proper circulation
Vitamin B3 Food Sources:
Beef, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, corn flour, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pork, potatoes, tomatoes and whole grains.
Signs of Deficiency:
A lack of vitamin B3 results in a small amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and poor digestion. Constipation is the first symptom, with diarrhea and constipation alternating. If the deficiency continues, then dizziness, headaches, insomnia, darkened itchy skin with excessive flaking, canker sores and a painful swollen tongue, bad breath, loss of appetite, irritability, anxiety, depression, mood changes, nervousness, soreness around the anus and tension follow. A distinct loss of humor and a poor memory are also noticeable. A severe deficiency can produce the disease pellagra.
Medical Uses of Vitamin B3 (Niacin, Niacinamide)
Possible Side Effects And Warnings Associated with Niacin:
More serious side effects include
- yellow skin or eyes
- loss of appetite
- dark urine
Temporary side effects (lasting several minutes to about an hour) include
- feeling of heat of the face, sometimes the entire body
- red rash on skin
- tingling sensation
If you have low blood pressure or liver disease, do not take niacin.
Using niacin or niacinamide may worsen the following conditions
- bleeding disorders
- stomach ulcer
People with high blood pressure or diabetes should not use vitamin B3. It can decrease the effectiveness of insulin and antihypertensive drugs.
High amounts of vitamin B3 should be used with caution by women who are pregnant.