Niacin

Niacin is a water-soluble Vitamin that is also referred to as Vitamin B3 or Nicotinic Acid.

This vitamin is made and used by your body to help turn food into energy. It works closely with the Nervous System.

There is a medication of Niacin called Niacor or Niaspan that is used for Cholesterol.

The recommended daily about the Vitamin or otherwise – is 16mg (milligrams) in men and 14mg in non-pregnant women.

Uses:

1.) Decreased lipids
2.) Atherosclerosis
3.) Arteriosclerosis
4.)  Decreases VLDL and LDL
5.)  Can increase HDL.

Side Effects:

1.)  Flushing – redness in the face and other parts of the body
2.)  Toxicity – when large or excessive dose – skin itching and rashes
3.)  GI upset

Possible Interactions

1.)  Alcohol – taking Niacin with Alcohol can increase risk of liver damage and possibly worsen side effects
2.)  Allopurinol (Zyloprim) – Can cause this gout medication to be less effective.
3.)  Chromium – If taken with Chromium it can cause a lowering of your blood sugars
4.)  Some Diabetes Medications – If taken with can caused a change in blood sugar and medication may need to be adjusted.
5.)  Others

Niacin Deficiency

–  Deficiency has been linked to birth defects.
–  Niacin is a Vitamin given in prenatal vitamins

Where is Niacin Found?

Essentially niacin is found in some meats, dairy products, wheat germ, and yeasts.

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