February 7, Africa Studio Shutterstock Vitamin B3, also called niacin, is one of the eight B-complex water-soluble vitamins. Niacin has a wide range of uses in the body, helping functions in the digestive system, skin and nervous system. Niacin, a name coined from nicotinic acid vitamin, comes in several forms, including niacinamide nicotinamide and inositol hexanicotinate. Each of these forms has various uses as well.
Like all B-vitamins, niacin's main role is to help the body convert proteins, fats and carbohydrates into usable energy. Beyond that, niacin also possesses antioxidant properties, helps regulate blood sugar, helps produce stomach acid and helps maintain cell integrity. Taking a quality supplement can help you receive all the benefits of niacin. Additionally, niacin is great for maintaining healthy blood lipid levels already within normal ranges by supporting a normal ratio of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol to HDL, or "good" cholesterol. Niacin for Sexual Health Another one of the benefits of niacin is improved sexual health in both men and women.
Effects of sex hormones on the metabolism of tryptophan to niacin and to serotonin in male rats.
Comments B3 helps breakdown carbs, fats and proteins Niacin, or vitamin B3, is an important member of the B-complex of vitamins. As with the other B vitamins, niacin plays an important role in energy production through the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. B3 also promotes proper nervous, digestive, and muscle system functions. Niacin is also necessary for the formation of numerous sex and stress hormones as well as red blood cells. More than other B-complex vitamins, niacin has been shown to have specific therapeutic effects with diseases such as elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, atherosclerosis and arthritis.
Abstract Context Children with obesity have low spontaneous growth hormone GH secretion. In adults, lipolytic inhibition with niacin lowers FFA and increases GH, but there are no prior studies in children with obesity. Objective To determine the dose and frequency of niacin administration required to lower FFA and stimulate GH in children with obesity.