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Synonyms: Niacin

Keywords: cholesterol, pellagra, cardiovascular disease, deficient diet

Vitamin B-3

Vitamin B-3 (niacin) is a combination of two different compounds — nicotinic acid and nicotinamide — which are interconverted in the body, and which are needed for the production of NAD, a cofactor for more than 200 different metabolic enzymes. Although the body can also make NAD from tryptophan, niacin is a much more efficient precursor.

Severe B-3 deficiency is called ‘pellagra’, the symptoms of which are: diarrhea, dementia, dermatitis and death. B-3 supplementation is of value not only to prevent pellagra, but also to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and to prevent heart attacks and strokes. B-3 supplements (along with the other B-vitamins) are widely used to ensure maximum metabolic capacity during strenuous exercise, and simply to serve as cheap insurance against the mental and physical lapses that could result from minor and temporary niacin deficiencies.

TABLETS
CAT No. PER TABLET PER BOTTLE PER DAY Our Price This Order
SN0502 100 mg 250 tablets 1 tablet $10.25
(6% off!)
 BOTTLE(S)

Pronunciation: niacin næʹ·ə·sın, nicotinamide nık·ō·tınʹ·ə·mæd


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Last modified 2010.09.01

LifeLink’s Vitamin B-3 is a product of Source Naturals.