Vitamin B3


About Vitamin B3 / Niacin

- Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin, is one of the B Complex Group of Vitamins and Supplements.
- Niacin is a Water Soluble Vitamin

Symptoms of Vitamin B3 Deficiency

Vitamin B3 deficiency causes Pellagra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. A thick, scaly, darkly pigmented rash develops symmetrically in areas exposed to sunlight. In advanced cases, Pellagra may lead to dementia and death (the 3(+1) Ds: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death).

Decreased sense of smell and taste[6]

Other Names for Vitamin B3 / Niacin

Niaspan [3]
Nicotinic Acid [2]
Pyridine-3-carboxylic acid[2]
3-pyridinecarboxylic acid[2]
Acidum nicotinicum[2]

Benefits of Vitamin B3 / Niacin Supplementation

- Vasodialator (Relaxes Blood Vessels) [1][2]
---- Vasodialators can Lower Blood Pressure

- Raises HDL (Good Cholesterol) Levels and Lowers LDL (Bad Cholesterol) [3]

- Necessary for Nad / NadP Coenzyme Formation [1][2]

- Cures Pellagra [1][2]

- Antilipemic (Lipid Lowering) [1][4]

- Reduces Paraquqt (Weed Killer) Toxicity [5]

Contraindications or Toxicity

Niacin Should Not be Taken or Taken With Caution in Persons With:
- Liver Disease / Problems (or History of Liver Disease in the Past) [3]
- Stomach Ulcers [3]
- Severe Bleeding Problems [3]
- Alcoholism [3]

Possible Drug Interactions [3]:
- Blood Pressure Lowering Medications
- Certain Cholesterol Lowering Medications
- Blood Glucose - Modifying Medication
- Aspirin / Blood Thinner Medications
- Other Medications Containing Niacin or Nicotinamide

Your Health Care Provider Should Watch [3]:
- Liver Enzymes / Liver Damage
- Blood Glucose Levels
- Gout - Niacin Can Increase Uric Acid Levels
- Blood Pressure
- Allergic Reaction
- Muscle Pain / Muscle Weakness - Can be a Symptom of Rhabdomyolysis, a Serious Side Effect

Side Effects [3]:
- Flushing
- Skin Itching
- Headache
- Nausea / Diarrhea
- Dizziness / Fainting
- Cough

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