Niacin, a water-soluble
vitamin, is one of the B vitamins, also known as B-3 or nicotinic
acid. Niacin is abruptly coming to be regarded as one of the substances
of choice for lowering blood levels of cholesterol and protecting
against cardiovascular disease. It may also:
- Protect against
and detoxify pollutants, alcohol, narcotics
- Prevent or cure
schizophrenia and other mental disorders
- be of benefit in
- Relieve migraine
- Alleviate arthritis
- Stimulate sex drive
- Reduce high blood
According to a recent
USDA survey, the intake of niacin among American men and women
19-50 years of age is ABOVE average.
Niacin can be found in it's natural form most readily in
meats such as beef, liver, chicken, salmon...etc. Niacin is also
found in enriched or fortified foods such as cereal, bread and
pasta. Mushrooms and potatoes also contain niacin.
Niacin is a fairly stable vitamin, but some value can be
lost during cooking as it dissolves in the liquid. In order to
eliminate loss, cook vegetables in a minimum amount of water and
roast or broil the meats.
Niacin is used by the body to maintain normal function of
skin, nerves, and the digestive system.
At a cellular level,
niacin aids in the release of energy from foods and helps to synthesize
DNA. Niacin is part of a co-enzyme necessary for fat utilization,
tissue repair and production of sugars.
Niacin is especially
important for older people, pregnant women, athletes, highly stressed
individuals or people who consume a lot of alcohol or drugs.
So... eat MEAT!!!