The Health Benefits of Vitamin B3 (Niacin)



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I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about Niacin which is also known as vitamin B3. You may also hear or read about described as nicotinic acid and also has two other forms, niacinamide or nicotinamide and inositol hexanicotinate. The latter two having somewhat different effects on our bodies.

Niacin is a water soluble vitamin that is often considered an essential human nutrient depending on the definition used. At baseline, niacin helps the digestive system, skin, and nerves to function. It is also important for converting food to energy.

Niacin, aka vitamin B3, has many proven health benefits. It is most well-known for treating High Cholesterol, Lower bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL), Slow progression of atherosclerosis, Reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, Reduced risk of second heart attack . It has also been linked to benefits against type 1 diabetes mellitus, Osteoarthritis, improve arthritis symptoms, increasing joint mobility, Alzheimer’s disease, Cataracts, Skin conditions , rosacea, , skin aging and prevention of skin cancer. Other studies have shown it helps with Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Migraine headache, Dizziness, Depression, Motion sickness, Alcohol dependence, and Improving orgasm,

Common sources include Beets, Brewer’s yeast, Beef liver & kidneyFish: salmon, swordfish, tuna, Sunflower seeds Peanuts.Bread and cereals are usually fortified with niacin, Dairy, Eggs and Poultry.

Source: The Health Benefits of Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

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