Illness is caused by many things; our environment, our genetics, and frankly, (and most often ignored) our diet. Depriving our bodies of what they need, including blood oxygen, is one of the top leading causes of illness; and while it might be hard to believe that you’re feeling awful because you didn’t take your vitamins, there is more than enough evidence to suggest that your diet can often be to blame for the symptoms your body is giving you.
Whether you choose to call niacin vitamin B3, or one or the other is up to you, as long as you’re getting enough of it and as long as you are not confusing it with its other forms, such as nicotinamide and niacinamide. The true form of niacin causes a very healthy flushing of the skin, meaning the skin would turn red, hot, tingly and possibly itchy, in various parts of the body, but most commonly in the face, neck, ears, knuckles, and feet. The flush occurs when niacin dilates your body’s small blood vessels, as well as the tiniest capillaries. Other, “no-flush” versions of B3 have been associated with increased toxicity risk and potential liver problems due to their “time release” mechanism. Note that taking vitamin B3 treatment on ongoing basis reduces the frequency of flushes. In fact, most people get them relatively rarely; perhaps one every few days or even weeks.
Vitamin B3 deficiency is actually quite common. The easiest example of vitamin B3 deficiency to talk about is corn. Most people get all the B3 vitamin niacin from the corn they eat. However, in rural areas, where corn is not nixtamalized, a process by which corn is prepared that doesn’t occur in remote and rural areas, pellagra (a disease commonly caused by vitamin B3 deficiency) is common.
The benefits of niacin are plentiful, but did you know that it actually is one of the natural ways to detox your body? Niacin opens up the capillaries and gets the blood really flowing, oxygenating the blood and removing waste that has built up in the body. This interesting connection between vitamin B3 deficiency and blood flow makes it a smart option when considering vitamins for migraines!
Having a vitamin B3 deficiency can cause dermatitis, weakness, diarrhea and insomnia, treating that deficiency will not only alleviate those symptoms, but can also help oxygenate your blood and soothe migraine pain. It should come as no shock to you that providing your body with the tools it needs to do its job comes with great benefit and reward.
And it should come as great news for men who seek to improve their and their partner’s sexual health: vitamin B3 assists our body in producing hormones associated with sex and stress, in the adrenal glands and other body parts! This doesn’t mean that swallowing 400 mg of vitamin B3 (maximum daily dose considered as safe without medical supervision) will improve your sex life right away, but combined with a healthier low carb, moderate protein and fat diet, and other vital vitamin supplements, you should expect to see the first signs of treatment success within a couple of months!
Minimum daily recommended dosage of niacin is 25 to 50 mg, which has also shown some positive results in treatment of PMS cramps in women. Known side effects of taking large doses of 1000 mg or more daily include lightheadedness and headaches, but other reactions can also occur in the body due to the toxins release. Most people do well with under 400 mg daily for vitamin B3 deficiency treatment purpose, but individuals who consume 2 or more alcoholic drinks daily and those with liver disease should not exceed the maximum dose of 1000 mg.
Remember that it’s important to discuss with your doctor any signs or symptoms of illness that you are having, including vitamin deficiency symptoms. They may be mimicking the signs of underlying illnesses. It’s also important to remember that it’s your responsibility to keep your body performing at peak by consistently providing it with the nutrients that it needs to function properly by eating a proper diet rich in vitamins and minerals and exercising.