Niacin - Vitamin B3

Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin. There are other forms of niacin such as nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and nicotinamide riboside. Niacin is naturally occurring in many food sources such as meat, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains.

When the body absorbs niacin from food, it gets converted to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). NAD is required for the normal functioning of enzymes in our bodies. NAD can also be converted to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). NAD and NADP are necessary for the conversion of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the energy or fuel that is used by the body.

Health Functions
The main health benefit of taking enough niacin is the regulation of cholesterol levels. Niacin helps boost HDL (good cholesterol) levels and lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels.

Disease Risk Reduction
Niacin lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease, strokes, and heart attacks since it stabilizes cholesterol levels.

Groups at Risk
People who are at risk for niacin deficiency include those who have low pyridoxine, riboflavin, or iron intakes; malnourished individuals, and people with Hartnup disease and carcinoid syndrome.

Intake Recommendations
Food sources primarily provide nicotinic acid and nicotinamide. Others may have small amounts of NAD and NADP. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for niacin is around 14-16 milligrams for adults. Animal-based food sources have the highest amounts of niacin.

7D VARIETY Recommendations
A cup of Energy Dates contains 13% of the recommended daily intake for niacin. 7D Variety recommends you to consume Energy Dates if you want to increase your niacin intake. Niacin deficiency may cause memory loss, depression, diarrhea, and even skin problems so make sure to consume sufficient amounts of this vitamin.