The power of Vitamin B3

Yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables and cereal grains. These are the ingredients mentioned by most of the articles you can now find about healthy eating and healthy living.

While deficiency is not that often…

Vitamin B3, also called niacin, is one of the eight B-complex water-soluble vitamins. It can be found in all of the above food items, but it can also be produced by the body, from the amino acid tryptophan, according to the National Institutes of Health.

A deficiency of niacin is uncommon in developed countries, but can happen to people in countries were malnutrition is commonly seen. The vitamin B3 deficiency can lead to pellagra – characterized by skin inflammation, hallucination and digestive distress –  to mucous membrane swelling and to brain impairment and psychosis.  Continue reading