Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is a crystalline, water soluble and white
member of the B-Group Vitamins.
Vitamin B3 primary sources are Meat (all meats), most nuts, Whole grain, Brewer's yeast, Fish and
Cheese. To maximize the intake of Vitamin B3 these products should be as
unprocessed as possible.
Vitamin B3 is made in the body by Tryptophan, an
amino acid. Vitamin B3 plays a role in the production of sex hormones and
maintenance of the nervous system.
Vitamin B3 acts as a coenzyme to assist in the absorption of all foods and
maintains a healthy shin, gastro-system and nervous system. It also plays a role
in the synthesis of sex hormones.
Vitamin B3, like may of the B-Group Vitamins is not stored in
the body and a daily supply is needed to stay healthy.
Shortages of Vitamin B3 causes fatigue, weakness, skin
eruptions, dermatitis, appetite loss, irritability, nausea, depression and
headaches. Prolonged deficiency may intensify aforementioned conditions as well
as include halitosis, vomiting and gum disease. Extreme deficiency can
cause Pellagra, a debilitating disease that includes severe dermatitis, diarrhea
Vitamin B3 lowers cholesterol and
levels in the blood, reduces blood pressure, is a vasodilator and it has also been used against Asthma with some success.
Niacin occurs in plants as niacinamide, also called
Niacinamide: A b-complex vitamin that is closely related to
Vitamin B3 (niacin), occurs in plants and some animal tissue in but does not have a vasilodatory effect on the body.
Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide and is converted by the body into niacin
or Vitamin B3