B3 (Niacin) deficiency?

Niacin has been called the “courage or happy vitamin”, because even a slight deficiency may affect personality and cause mental disturbances such as apprehension, hostility, suspicion, tension, etc.  Vitamin B3 is necessary for healthy blood circulation, good digestion, good skin tone, defending against mental illness, healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system, and helping to retard the accumulation of cholesterol and fats in the arteries.  Without it, sugars, starches, and fats cannot be burned as fuel, and as a result, accumulate as fat. 

Some deficiency signs when Niacin is lacking in the diet include:  diarrhea, severe skin disease, soreness of the tongue or mouth, loss of appetite or weight, weakness, inflammation of the intestinal tract, memory loss, depression, insomnia, mood swings.

Vitamin B3 is rapidly destroyed by alcohol and depleted by the refining process of foods (i.e., sugar, corn, white flour, and white rice).  Foods and herbs high in this nutrient include the following:  fish, nuts, brown rice, wheat germ, soybeans (organic, non-GMO), whole grains, mushrooms, green peas, paprika, organic peanuts and peanut butter (non-hydrogenated), tomato paste, alfalfa, capsicum, hops, kelp, red clover, rose hips, papaya, feverfew, and wood betony.

Vitamin B-Complex, Balanced (tablets), contains 50 mg. of niacin in a base of wheat germ, cabbage, wild lettuce, watercress, and rice polishings, for better absorption.  Vitamin B-Complex Capsules contain 33 mg. of niacin in a base of acerola, lemon bioflavonoids, rose hips, rutin, and wheat germ.  Remember, never take a single B vitamin unless you are also taking a B-Complex which contains all of the B’s.  Too much of one may lead to a deficiency in another.  Both of these products can be ordered from www.mynsp.com/learningtobehealthy at member prices. 

Please visit my website at www.learningtobehealthy.com and email me with any health questions at learningtobehealthy@yahoo.com.  This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease, or to take the place of any medical care that you may need.

Keep learning to be healthy!                                                                                                                                        Lisa Hernandez, Certified Natural Health Practitioner


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