What is Niacin Vitamin B3?
Niacin Vitamin B3 is known by several names: nicotinic acid, niacin, and vitamin PP. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Our body can make limited amounts of Niacin Vitamin B3 itself from the amino acid tryptophan. However, we get most of it through our diet. Good sources of Niacin Vitamin B3 include vegetables, whole grains, dairy, nuts, and meat and fish. An old-fashioned meatball provides a whopping 45% of the reference intake of it for an adult.
What are the benefits of Niacin Vitamin B3?
Popularly, we also speak of the ‘energy vitamin’ and that is not for nothing. Niacin Vitamin B3 helps with fatigue and energy. It contributes to a normal energy metabolism in our body. It is also good for memory, concentration, and good mental health balance. Too little of this vitamin can lead to forgetfulness, feeling depressed and headaches. Additionally, Niacin Vitamin B3 also supports the regenerative capacity of the skin and therefore helps to keep the skin healthy.
Please be aware that Niacin Vitamin B3 can have the side effect of temporarily causing red, itchy patches on the skin and making you feel warm. This so-called “niacin flush” is harmless and disappears about an hour after ingestion. However, according to mycologist Paul Stamets this flush actually helps to improve blood flow, since the small blood vessels open up more. When niacin is consumed together with mushrooms or truffles, this would allow the active to penetrate deeper into the body.