Niacin is a type of Vitamin B3. Found in Meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables , cereals and pulses. Niacin (nicotinic acid) is a constituent of food additives.
B vitamins are essential for the loading of the body. All of this group of vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) in the fuel (glucose), which is combusted to produce energy. B vitamins are involved in the metabolism and, in particular, fat and protein; facilitate the proper functioning of the nervous system, are needed for the health of the skin, eyes, hair, and liver. Niacin helps lower bad cholesterol, reduces cardiovascular disease and increases good cholesterol.
Niacin prevents health problems occurring as a result of high cholesterol and clogging of blood vessels with plaque.
Intake of food rich in protein is the best way to obtain niacin. Selective lean poultry, plug in your diet fish, beef, natural peanut butter or beans. Niacin is found in cereals. Label of the food, which was noted in the content 10-19 % of daily intake are considered good sources of niacin. Labels by 20% or more are common sources.
Lack of niacin in the body is not typical for people taking food rich in protein. Chronic lack of vitamins causes the disease pellagra. The disease is characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia.
Excess intake of niacin can cause flushing, rash or liver damage. In diabetics may increase glucose levels.