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NUTRIENTS >> Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Niacin assists in the functioning of the digestive system, skin, and nerves. It is also important for the conversion of food to energy

Daily amounts needed
16 mg for adult males
14 mg for women - 17-18 mg if pregnant/lactating.
Children need 9 - 16 mg of niacin per day.

Sources
Red meat, poultry, fish, fortified hot and cold cereals

Deficiency symptoms and diseases
Bad breath, canker sores, confusion, depression, dermatitis, diarrhea, emotional instability, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, memory impairment, muscle weakness, nausea, skin eruptions and inflammation

Normal values in blood
2 derivatives
N-methyl-nicotinamide -5.8 +-3.6 mg% in 24 hours (urinary excretion)
N-methyl-2-pyridone-5-carboaxmide = 20+-12.9 mg

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