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Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is essential to metabolic cell activity, hormones synthesis, and the maintenance of a normal functioning nervous system.

Benefits

– Decreases cholesterol in blood.
– Decreases ear ringing and dizziness.
– Repair genetic material (cells).
– Reduces chances of heart attacks.
– Reduction of depression and migraines
– Improves digestion.

Pregnant or breast feeding women, substance abusers, burn patients, and infants with congenital metabolic disorders benefit the most from this vitamin.

Sources

Naturally occurring sources of Vitamin B3 are chicken (white meat), fortified cereals, peanut butter, potatoes and fish.

Special Considerations

You should consult your doctor if you have Diabetes, gout, Gull bladder or liver disease, arterial bleeding, or glaucoma regarding your recommended daily intake of this vitamin.

Deficiency

Deficiency in Vitamin B3 can result in loss of appetite, weakness, diarrhea, anxiety, depression and dementia.  There have also been some reports of dermatitis on the hands and face for some people.

Recommended Daily Intake

The recommended daily dose of Niacin for men is 16 mg and for women is 14 mg.  During pregnancy the recommended daily dose is 18 mg.


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