All About Vitamin B3

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Vitamin B3 is also known as Niacin, Nicotinic acid, and Nicotinamide. Vitamin B3 was discovered in 1937 by Casimir Funk. He was a polish biochemist that accidentally isolated Vitamin B3. At first it was named the pellagra preventing factor. Funk’s research didn’t become relevant until Joseph Goldberger attempted to analyse Vitamin B3 deficient diets of Mississippi inmates. This was when Pellagra was discovered and action taken to treat it.

Symptoms fo deficiency, known as pellagra includes dry/scaly skin, indigestion, vomiting, depression, low mood, reduced circulation and lethargy. The best dietary sources of Vitamin b3 includes rice, wholegrains, turkey, mackerel, red meat and seeds. Tryptophan can also be a secondary source, food sources of tryptophan are dairy products and eggs.

A typical adult should consume 14-16mg per day. This increases to 18mg when pregnant and 17mg when breast feeding. We are actually able to produce Vitamin B3 ourselves from the amino…

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