Vitamin B3 Benefits [Niacin Benefits, Flush & Side Effects!]
🦶We review Niacin benefits, niacin side effects and what is niacin. This is Vitamin B3 and many people can have a niacin deficiency.🦶
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Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for maintaining good health. Here’s what you should know about the benefits, dosage, and side effects of niacin:
Supports cardiovascular health: Niacin can help to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, and improve overall cardiovascular health.
Energy production: Niacin is involved in the production of ATP, which is the body’s primary source of energy.
Skin health: Niacin may help to improve skin health by reducing inflammation and supporting the production of collagen.
Brain function: Niacin may play a role in brain function by supporting healthy neuron growth and function.
Blood sugar control: Niacin may help to improve blood sugar control in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
The appropriate dosage of niacin depends on various factors, including the individual’s age, health, and reason for taking it. The recommended daily allowance for niacin is 16mg for adult males and 14mg for adult females. However, higher doses of niacin may be recommended for certain conditions, such as high cholesterol or cardiovascular disease.
High doses of niacin can cause side effects, including:
Flushing: Niacin can cause flushing, which is a warm, tingling sensation in the face, neck, and chest. This can be uncomfortable, but is generally not harmful.
Gastrointestinal issues: High doses of niacin can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Liver damage: Very high doses of niacin can cause liver damage, so it’s important to follow recommended dosages.
High blood sugar: Niacin can cause an increase in blood sugar levels, so individuals with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar closely when taking niacin.
It’s important to speak with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements, including niacin, to determine the appropriate dosage and to discuss any potential risks or side effects.
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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.