NIACIN (VITAMIN B3)
Niacin or Vitamin B3 is a vital nutrient needed to maintain the general good health of your body. Of late, its benefits in the control and treatment of cholesterol-related conditions like coronary artery disease are also being explored by a wider circle of medical professionals.
Use in managing fats in your body
Niacin is being employed by healthcare professionals to help give the body’s good cholesterol or HDL a boost, while lowering triglycerides alongside. Many are touting it to be even more effective in managing cholesterol than some prescription drugs. It is usually to be taken alongside a prescription cholesterol controlling treatment like statins. Niacin has some degree of effect on the bad cholesterol or LDL, lowering its levels in the system.
Importance of Niacin
Niacin is needed in some individuals to compensate for a lack of adequate naturally produced niacin in the system. For instance, niacin deficiency could make a person sensitive to sunlight.
Used correctly, it can help the body lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
For people with a tendency for heart attacks- like individuals with high cholesterol levels who have had an attack before- niacin can reduce the chance of a recurrence.
Atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease can also, in some circumstances, be treated by administering the right dosage of niacin.
Niacinamide opens up blood vessels deep within the body, helping ease stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Doctors will prescribe the right dosage and frequency based on how severe your arthritis is.
While the body can produce niacin, you may also need to supplement this with dietary intake or a vitamin supplement. Today, a number of foods available in the supermarket come with added Niacin, designed to make the item more nutritious.
Start your day with some Niacin rich tuna stirred into your scrambled eggs for a vitamin packed flavour punch. Or, if you prefer salmon it is a very good source too.
Tuck into a salad of chicken breast or turkey with bell peppers or tomato.
Vegetarians can get their Vitamin B3 from a hearty mushroom soup or stir fry with peppers.
Beef and lamb (both of which are very good sources) paired with asparagus, mushrooms or tomato and peppers can convert a hearty dinner into a Niacin packed meal.
Switch your intake of white rice to brown to make the most of the niacin in the bran.
While Niacin has numerous benefits for the body, those with stomach ulcers, liver disease or with any active bleeding, must avoid taking it. Those taking niacin supplements on a regular basis might experience some flushing initially, heightened by consumption of a hot drink or alcohol after taking a dose. Avoid these drinks to avoid the itchiness and tingling beneath your skin.