Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Cholesterol Lowering Agent • Pollutant Detoxifier
 
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Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B3 is a water-soluble vitamin. Helps release energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

In a major study conducted by the Coronary Drug Project Group (USA), it was found that vitamin B3 significantly reduced cholesterol levels, and reduced the recurrence rate of heart attacks by close to 30%.

Benefits
Lowers cholesterol and protects against cardiovascular disease.
May relieve/prevent migraine headaches.
Maintains healthy skin, nerves, tongue and digestion.
Essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and normal function of gastrointestinal tract.
Essential for the synthesis of sex hormones and a healthy nervous system.
Protects against and detoxifies the body of pollutants, alcohol and narcotics.
Prevents and treats schizophrenia.
Aids in cell respiration.
Produces energy from sugar, fat & protein.
May lower cholesterol and protects against heart disease.
Promotes healthy digestion.
Dilates blood vessels and improves circulation.
Reduces high blood pressure.

Deficiency Symptoms
Dermatitis.
Diarrhoea.
Dementia.
Pellagra.
Headaches.
Mental depression.
Fatigue.
Irritability.
Weakness.
Weight loss.
Vague aches & pains.
Gastrointestinal disturbances.
Insomnia.

Food sources
Green vegetables.
Avocado.
Peanuts.
Eggs.
Rice.
Bran.
Beans.
Whole wheat.
Lean meats, fish and poultry.

Nutrient Destroyers
Caffeine.
Corn.
Antibiotics.
Alcohol.
Sugar (the metabolism of sugar requires vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, magnesium and chromium).

More info >> Nutrient Destroyers

U.S. RDA: 13 – 18mg (for adults), 9 – 13 mg (for children age 1 - 10), 5 - 6 mg (for infants).
EU RDA: 15-18mg

Water soluble – so it is not stored in significant quantities in the body and must be replaced continuously. Best taken as part of a B-complex supplement (between 20-100mg daily).

Toxicity
In high doses (greater than 100mg) niacin is toxic and can cause ‘niacin flush’, burning/itching/reddening usually in the face/neck/arms and upper chest.

Other symptoms of toxicity: depression, nausea, cramps, liver malfunction, headaches. Avoid doses higher than 100mg unless professionally supervised.

   

 

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