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Vitamin B3 - Food Sources and Deficiency Symptoms
Vitamin B3, is also called Niacin or nicotinic acid, which can be manufactured by the body. Niacin is derived from two compounds - nicotinic acid and niacinamide. It is a water soluble vitamin. It help the body to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is "burned" to produce energy. Vitamin B3, also play an important role in maintaining muscle tone along the digestive tract.
Vitamin B3 is required for cell respiration, helps in the release of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, proper circulation and healthy skin, functioning of the nervous system, and normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids. It is used in the synthesis of sex hormones, treating schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Sources of Vitamin B3:
The main sources of vitamin B3 are as:-
Functions of Vitamin B3:
The important functions of vitamin B3 are as:-
Deficiency of Vitamin B3:
The signs of the deficiency of vitamin B3 are as:-
A deficiency of vitamin B3, may cause pellagra, the classic niacin deficiency disease, and is characterized by bilateral dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia.
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