Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is
a water-soluble B vitamin that plays a role in more than fifty different
metabolic processes which help the body utilize sugars, proteins,
and fatty acids to create energy. It works in conjunction with the
other B vitamins to convert macronutrients into energy.
It aids in the functioning of enzymes in the
body. Vitamin B3 is required for the activation of many enzymes.
Enzymes are compounds that accelerate certain chemical processes
in the body.
Niacin is needed for proper functioning of
the digestive system - it plays a role in the production of hydrochloric
acid, which is needed for good digestive function. It also acts
to guard pancreas health.
Vitamin B3 promotes healthy skin.and has been
utilized as an acne treatment.
It is necessary for regulating the expression
of genes and in maintaining genomic activities..
Niacin acts to aid the body in the elimination
of of toxins and harmful chemicals.
It facilitates the production of various sex
and adrenal hormones.
Vitamin B3 is helps to improve circulatory
function as well as reduce blood serum cholesterol levels by inhibiting
its accumulation in the arteries and in the liver. Niacin helps
to increase the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the amount
of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Additionaly, it may increase
the effectiveness of certain medicines which are prescribed to reduce
Niacin, works in conjunction with chromium
to help regulate and stabilize blood sugar levels by promoting proper
The two types of vitamin B3 also have particular
medical uses: Nicotinic acid is prescribed as an anti-hyperlipidemic
agent, while nicotinamide is thought to act as an anti-diabetogenic