Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
We know that B vitamins work together and all are essential for preserving our mental health and mood, normal metabolism and energy levels. But, what if one of them, alone, held astonishing health benefits? This exceptional B vitamin is called Vitamin B3 or Niacin. It is a water-soluble vitamin which is involved in more than 50 metabolic processes. It helps in the release of energy from food, the maintenance of a normal body weight, healthy nervous system, proper blood circulation, cholesterol levels, brain function, strong joints, along with a healthy skin and proper digestion. Niacin also supports hormone production (especially in the adrenal glands), liver, DNA repair, cell signalling, and genetic stability. Chronic Vitamin B3 deficiency leads to pellagra and its symptoms which include dementia, low mood or depression, skin problems, and diarrhoea.
Boosts energy & metabolism promoting normal body weight
Of all the B vitamins, the deficiency of Vitamin B3 can cause most serious problems, not the least of which is chronic fatigue. Vitamin B3 is fundamental to feeling full of pep. It is known to be beneficial in improving mental energy, memory, focus and alertness. Your body needs Vitamin B3 to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates to energy to function properly. In this way it also helps to burn more calories and maintain normal body weight.
Helps improve mental health and brain function
Niacin contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system and promotes healthy psychological function. There are studies which seem to suggest that no other vitamin or mineral seem to be able to impose more positive influence on mood and emotional well-being than Vitamin B3, especially among individuals with an underlying deficiency. This beneficial effect of Vitamin B3 is associated with its stimulating and balancing effect on brain-derived neurotrophic factor, hormones, and serotonin (the good mood hormone).
Promotes healthy skin and hair
Research shows that Vitamin B3 can help keep ageing skin firm and glowing. It also helps protect skin cells from sun damage. A 2015 study found that taking Vitamin B3 supplement in the form of Nicotinamide significantly increased the level of skin protection. Since Vitamin B3 helps to maintain the structure of the blood vessels and improves blood circulation it brings more blood flow to the skin and hair follicles, providing them with more oxygen and nutrients, thus stimulating hair growth and skin health.
Promotes healthy joints & protects insulin-producing pancreas cells
According to the National Institute of Health Vitamin B3 in the form of Niacinamide can be very beneficial in improving joint health as taking supplements with this vitamin seems to improve joint flexibility and functionality. According to a study published in The British Journal of Clinical Practice, Nicotinamide type of Vitamin B3 may protect insulin-producing pancreas cells from damage and improve insulin secretion. In this way Vitamin B3 delays the need for insulin.
Non Flush Vitamin B3
Since Vitamin B3 in the form of nicotinic acid often causes hot flushes, tingling and itching the HealthAid Vitamin B3 is in the Non Flush form of Niacin called Nicotinamide.