Our CHF #16 B-3 is Niacinamide-niacin, the non-flushing form of Niacin. Niacinamide-niacin may help in glucose breakdown, fat metabolism and the generation of energy. Niacinamide-niacin may also be helpful for healthy hair by increasing blood flow to the hair. Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) is necessary for proper circulation and healthy skin, and is important for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It also helps the body convert food to energy. It is involved in the normal formation of stomach fluids and secretion of bile, along with the synthesis of the sex hormones. It may help to dilate the blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin. It may help triglycerides, cholesterol and is considered helpful for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Niacin may help in many different deficiencies. High doses of one of it’s chemical forms (nicotinic acid) has desirable effects on blood levels of cholesterol and other lipids (fat-related substances). Niacin plays a vital role in the biochemical reactions that produce energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Niacin may produce a warm flushing and “itchy tingling” sensation within thirty minutes after taking. This is a normal and harmless reaction. Foods that are high in protein like red meat, poultry, fish and nuts are a good source of Vitamin B-3. Also, things that are good sources of tryptophan like eggs, cheese, milk, and yogurt can contribute to niacin intake.
The University of Maryland Medical Center discovered that, “Niacin has been shown to boost the levels of HDL, the ‘good’ cholesterol…niacin boosted HDL by as much as 30 percent” in a recent study they did. Some late studies have shown improvement in people with dementia problems.