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Niacin (a.k.a. Vitamin B3) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy B3 also is a coenzyme serving as a catalyst for the release of energy from nutrients. It helps prevent sun damage to the skin, promotes healthy colon function, lowers cholesterol and helps maintain balanced neurochemistry. Healthy sources of B3 are whole grain, dried beans, peas and nuts. It has been found that B3 can be synthesized in the liver from the amino acid tryptophan; therefore, it does not meet the strict criteria for being a vitamin. Nevertheless, a plentiful supply of B3 reduces blood cholesterol and provides protection from the development of atherosclerosis.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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