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Vitamin B3
Niacin: nicotinic acid and niacinamide

Functions

  • General info: Vitamin B3 - HealthWorld Online.
  • produces NAD
  • releases energy from carbohydrates
  • metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins,
  • production of hydrochloric acid for digestion.
  • blood circulation,
  • healthy skin
  • central nervous system, including the higher functions of the brain and cognition.
  • synthesis of insulin & the sex hormones

Treats

  • anxiety
  • arthritis: Vitacost says 250 mg 4x daily (takes 3-4 months to show), but that's a very high dose.

Testing:

Supplementation:

  • Vitacost says the recommended dosage is 10 to 25 mg daily
  • Contraindications: Large doses may cause headaches and stomach upset, as well as liver damage, diabetes, gastritis, and eye damage.
  • Last updated 11 June 2002