Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Niacin

Niacin is an interesting vitamin that the body creates on its own. Because the body is able to produce niacin, the recommended daily intake for men and women is assuming that the body is also making up for some of its own niacin requirement. Men are recommended to have 16mg/day while women are advised to get 14mg/day.

Niacin is very important to the body because it not only obtains energy from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins but it also helps with the creation of mucous membranes, skin, as well as aids the digestive tract. Niacin also helps control the appetite and helps with nerve function and blood circulation. What might make Niacin a superhero however is that it can help prevent pellagra, which is a disease that can lead to diarrhea, dermatitis, or even death.

Niacin is made from a protein found within the human body. Therefore, eating a diet rich in protein will also help in consuming enough of the daily Niacin that you need.

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