Vitamin B3 aids the body in more than 50 different important ways.
You may hear this vitamin referred to as niacin.
It works with the other B vitamins to convert food into energy that the body can easily use.
It also assists with the functioning of key enzymes.
In addition to aiding in digestive and pancreatic health, B3 also promotes healthy skin, teeth and nails. It works to eliminate many different types of toxins from the body, enhance circulation and reduce cholesterol levels. Adults should take between 16 and 18 milligrams of niacin daily.
It was in 1937 when niacin was first extracted from livers by a scientist and used to combat pellagra.
There are some unpleasant side effects when a deficiency in vitamin B3 occurs.
Some of the first symptoms you may notice if you have a deficiency are fatigue, muscle weakness, decreased appetite and disorientation.
Skin lesions, digestive issues and cognitive impairment are all long-term symptoms of a deficiency.
Taking in excessive dosages of vitamin B3 can be very dangerous for your liver.
People living with liver conditions should be careful about avoiding high levels of this vitamin.
In addition, some people experience headaches, low blood pressure and peptic ulcers when too much vitamin B3 has been taken.