(Uses): Stimulates Circulation; Helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood of some people; Important for normal brain function and nervous system; Essential for healthy skin, tongue, and digestive track tissues; Needed for the sythesis of sex hormones; Helps increase energy; Helps regulate blood sugar; Helpful in treating anxiety and depression; May help reduce headaches and benefit those suffering from Meniere’s syndrome; May help reduce blood pressure.
(Deficiency): Pellagra, characterized as the disease of “three D’s”; It is associated with dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. The term “redneck” came about because of eighteenth and nineteenth- century farmworkers whose diet consisted mostly of “quick cornmeal”; They suffered dificiencies of niacin and therefore would experience dermatitis, whcih caused the skin on the back of their necks to become extremely red, rough, and lethery during exposure to the sun. Niacin deficiency affects every cell in the body and will cause decreased energy levels,
neurological problems, headaches, insomnia, and intestinal problems.
(Food Sources): Beef liver, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, cheese, corn flour, dandelion greens, cates, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, and wheat germ.
(Herbal Sources): Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, and yellow dock.
(RDA): People who eat alot of refined foods, athletes, and pregnant women require more niacin. 25 – 50 mg/day if protein requirements are met.
(Assimilation): Niacin is manufactured in the body from tryptophan. If enough protein is consumed, additional niacin is not needed. However, when we are deficient in B1, B2, B6, Vitamin C, and iron, we do not easily convert tryptophan to niacin.