Today we continue and talk about vitamin B3
"Niacin", also known as vitamin B3, is an important nutrient. In fact, every part of the body needs it to function properly. B3 can help lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and boost brain function.
So how does this little vitamin work you ask???
Well . . . as with all B vitamins . . . "niacin" helps convert food into energy by aiding enzymes. So again, this is another important element to our series on losing weight coming up soon. You see . . . in particular . . . B3 is involved in cellular metabolism which plays an important role in cell signaling, making and repairing DNA.
The body produces this vitamin from "tryptophan" . . . we spoken of this many times before. It can lower LDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol, which can help prevent heart disease.
BUT . . . with this correction of cholesterol and triglycerides . . . it also increase body fat loss.
Therefore . . . B3 can also help treat type 1 diabetes, boost brain function, reduce symptoms of arthritis, improve skin function and treat pellagra,
And guess what??? All the talk we've done in previous Health Tips about this virus and "cytokines" . . .
Well . . . vitamin B3 is able to "decrease" the production of the "pro-inflammatory" cytokines that help this virus "replicate".
So how do we tell if we're deficient???
Well . . . you would look for . . . a pigmented rash on skin that is exposed to the sun, rough appearance to the skin, bright red tongue, fatigue, vomiting, constipation and/or diarrhea, circulatory problem, depression, headaches or memory loss and mental confusion,
Okay . . . so where can be find a good source of vitamin B3???
Well . . . that would be in chicken breast, light tuna, beef, salmon, peanuts. lentils, liver, turkey, anchovies, pork and ground beef.
But . . . there is a side note to this vitamin . . .
When taking vitamin B3 (niacin) . . . a well known side effect is a "Niacin flush". This happens to the body when you take "too much" of a good thing. This flush happens when niacin causes the small capillaries in the skin to dilate, which increases the flow of blood to the surface of the skin.
So don't overdo this important element.
Tomorrow we'll talk about vitamin B4
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