Lack Of The B Vitamin - Both the cause and cure of many of the bodies deficiencies.
The Other B Vitamin - Lately I have been doing extensive research on the amazing family of Vitamin B nutrients. I found out how important B Vitamins were in most of the bodies most important functions. One of the most important functions of the B vitamin is to help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is "burned" to produce energy. Overall the B-Vitamin family is by far the most complex of the vitamins but also the most needed. This article is dedicated to a little-known yet vitally important B vitamins B3, Niacin.
Niacin one of the most important yet unknown B Vitamins it was aptly named so because it was actually the third of the B vitamins to be discovered. Although B6 is the "popular" most known of the B vitamins. B3 is responsible for some of the bodies most vital functions.
Niacin What Does It Do? - A lot, for starters it plays a role in metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. This means it helps convert the macronutrients into their building blocks, which are smaller carbohydrate molecules, such as glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. It is involved in two of the bodies most vital functions DNA repair, and the production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland.
Fortunately due to affordable and highly available supplementation a Niacin deficiency is something rarely if at all today. In an unlikely event of a severe deficiency a disease called Pellagra develops. Avery uncomfortable disease characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia as well as “necklace” lesions on the lower neck, hyperpigmentation, thickening of the skin, inflammation of the mouth and tongue, digestive disturbances, amnesia, delirium, and eventually death, if left untreated. All of which can be avoided with simple supplementation.
A Little More Definition - Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin which means any excess is released through Urine. It also plays large a part in maintaining your energy level and brain function as well as helping to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease.
Dosage - Generally 14-16 milligrams of niacin per day is sufficient on average. deficiencies may need more in some cases so have test performed to get a better idea of just how deficient you may be before deciding on a dosage. and women need at least 14 milligrams per day. Normally you should be able to get the RDA simply from eating protein-rich foods, such as chicken, tuna, turkey, salmon, pork, beef, peanuts and beans, and whole grains
Still Not Convinced - Below is one of the best reference charts in regards to Niacin and many of its connections. It also does a great job of showing just how far reaching the Vitamin B3 really is. I strongly suggest you copy and paste the chart for reference.