Niacin Information

Niacin is defined as a type of B vitamin. It is water-soluble, which means it is unable to be stored in the body. Because all water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. The leftover amounts of the Niacin leave the body through the urine. That in turn means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.

Niacin assists in the correct functioning of the digestive system, skin, and nerves. It is also important for the conversion of food to energy. Niacin is primarily found in dairy products, poultry, fish, lean meats, nuts, and eggs. Legumes, enriched breads and some cereals also have some niacin in them.

It is still unknown whether or not niacin causes any sever side effects to those who use it. There is though a deficiency of niacin that causes pellagra. The symptoms of pellagra include irratated and inflamed skin, digestive problems, and mental impairment. Large doses of niacin can sometimes cause liver damage, peptic ulcers and moderate skin rashes.

Even slightly normal doses can be associated with skin flushing. It can be prescribed as a treatment for elevated total cholesterol and other types of lipid disorders, but it should only be used with medical supervision due to its potential for some side effects. Always consult your doctor prior to supplementing any new product.

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