Niacin or vitamin B3 is a water soluble white powder and is more resistant to destruction than other complex B vitamins. The body can convert the amino acid tryptophan into niacin. Like most of the B vitamins, niacin is essential for the manufacture of enzymes that breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins that provide our tissues and metabolism with energy.
Metabolism: Niacin is essential for the manufacture of enzymes called NAD and NADP that provide cells with energy through tissue respiration and carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Niacin is essential for the health of our skin tongue and digestive tract tissues and the formation of red blood cells. Niacin can be used to help reduce LDL (low density lipoproteins), triglyceride levels and increase HDL (high density lipoproteins).
Hormones: Niacin is essential for the synthesis of various hormones including sex hormones, cortisone, thyroxin and insulin. Nicotinic acid is part of the glucose tolerance factor, which is a compound that enhances our body’s response to insulin.
The Nervous System: Niacin helps to keep our brain and nervous system functioning properly. It can also be given to those suffering from depression, anxiety, mania, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Niacin and Niacinamide
- Up to 6 months old: 5 milligrams/day (mg/day)
- 6 months to 1 year old: 6 mg/day
- 1 to 3 years old: 9 mg/day
- 4 to 6 years old: 12 mg/day
- 7 to 10 years old: 13 mg/day
- 11 to 14 years old: 17 mg/day
- 15 to 18 years old: 20 mg/day
- 19 to 50 years old: 19 mg/day
- 51 years old and older: 15 mg/day
- 11 to 50 years old: 15 mg/day
- 51 years old and older: 13 mg/day
- 17 mg/day
- 20 mg/day
These values may vary depend on weight, height, health, and any medical conditions.
Severe niacin deficiency causes the disease called pellagra. Symptoms of this disease include diarrhea, dementia and dermatitis. The most characteristic symptom being a reddish skin rash of the face, hands and feet which becomes dark and rough when exposed to sunlight. Some other symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, lethargy, a sore mouth and tongue, inflamed membranes in the intestinal tract and diarrhea. Some other nutrients like thiamin and riboflavin may also be a cause of pellagra.
Sources in the Diet
Most niacin food is in the form of NAD and NADP, the riches sources being chicken, fish, cooked dried beans, peas, peanuts, beef and whole grain wheat products.
Recent Studies and Articles
Niacin and cholesterol control
Niacin and heart disease
Physical Characteristics: White powder, readily soluble in water
Formulation Notes: Can be agglomerated or coated. Most stable B vitamin. Higher use rate results in magnification of poor flavor.
NIACINAMIDE 33.3%ACT , DP-21,22 LB (10 KG)CARTON
NIACINAMIDE ASCORBATE, DP-21 40LBS CARTON
NIACINAMIDE ASCORBATE FCC/PWR, DP-21 40LBS CARTON
NIACMD 33.3% PALM , DP-21,22 LB (10 KG)CARTON
NIACINAMIDE 35% SOY/CN , 25LB (11.36 KG) CARTON
NIACINAMIDE & ASCORBIC ACID 40:60 , 44 LB (20 KG.) CARTON
NIACINAMIDE ASC25:75 , 44 LB (20 KG.) CARTON
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