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Doctor insights on: Vitamin B3 Deficiency (Pellagra)

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Can alcoholism cause pellagra, even in individuals who eat a diet containing more than adequate amounts of niacin?

Can alcoholism cause pellagra, even in individuals who eat a diet containing more than adequate amounts of niacin?

It's possible: Chronic alcoholism can deplete the body of essential nutrients like niacin, leaving the person susceptible to Pellagra. Eating and being able to make proper use of nutrients can be different things. It's complicated. This is a good reason to find effective treatment for alcoholism - it really can do major harm to bodies as well as functional parts of lives. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pellagra (Definition)

A disease caused by a severe and prolonged deficiency of vitamin B3 that is characterized by skin ...Read more


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From which fruit we can get vitamin b3?

From which fruit we can get vitamin b3?

Sun dried tomatoes: Most b3 comes from fish, chicken, bacon, peanuts, liver, wheat, bran, paprika, , mar mite, veal...... ...Read more

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What's to be expected? Might vitamin b3 reduce cholesterol?

What's to be expected? Might vitamin b3 reduce cholesterol?

Yes: Vitamin b3 is better known as niacin. In large doses, it can lower cholesterol and raise the HDL ("good" cholesterol) but it's not as effective as a statin and the outcome data is not as convincing as a statin. ...Read more

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How much vitamin b3 niacin should I take each day?

Depends: Your cholesterol levels will determine how much you need. Your doctor will usually start you out at the lowest dose and work his way up based on tolerance and responnse to therapy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vitamin b3 niacin?

What is the definition or description of: vitamin b3 niacin?

Essential Vitamin: Vitamin b3, also known as Niacin or nicotinic acid, is necessary to maintain health. Niacin is involved in dna repair, production of steroid hormones in the adrenal gland, and is a precursor to nadh and nadph that play vital roles in sustaining cell health. Severe deficiency of Niacin in the diet causes the disease pellagra, which is characterized by diarrhea, dermatitis, and dementia. ...Read more

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Does vitamin b3 work to cure acne in face and all over the body?

Does vitamin b3 work to cure acne in face and all over the body?

No: Don't expect this to help except as part of a comprehensive program. Acne on the trunk almost always requires systemic treatment; your physician may start you on something like tetracycline 500 2x/day. ...Read more

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Will vitamin b3 wprks to cure acne in face and all over the body?

Will vitamin b3 wprks to cure acne in face and all over the body?

Not sure, try it!: I'm skeptical, but it is likely a harmless experiment. But beware, b3 can really make your skin 'flush' and may create a whole new (transient) skin issue! let us know how it works. ...Read more

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Vitamins that increase serotonin hello, what is a good vitamin that can help increase serotonin, and if you increase serotonin will you be less stressed? And get what vitamin will help you stop obbessive thoughts without medication? Is vitamin b3 good? T

Vitamins that increase serotonin hello, what is a good vitamin that can help increase serotonin, and if you increase serotonin will you be less stressed? And get what vitamin will help you stop obbessive thoughts without medication?  Is vitamin b3 good? T

In : In humans serotonin is a chemical known as neurotransmitter that transmit signal from one nerve cell to another. It is responsible for less than 1% of communications, which is a small proportion when compared to other neurotransmitters such as glutamate (over 50% of all communications in the brain rely on glutamate). However, serotonin has been found to regulate some behaviors, such as hunger, fear, aggression or mood. There have been several drugs produced that regulate serotonin levels in the brain and are widely prescribed by physicians to treat mood disorders (e.g. Depression). I do not believe that there are vitamins that could increase serotonin level in the brain. However, some foods have been reported to increase or decrease serotonin levels in the brain. For example, foods that are rich in serotonin precursor tryptophan (a chemical that the body uses to produce serotonin) such as dates, papayas and bananas tend to increase serotonin and foods that are poor in tryptophan such as whole wheat and rye bread, tend to decrease it. If the obsessive thoughts that you described are interfering with your life, the best course of action would be to talk about this with a psychiatrist who, after a thorough evaluation, might recommend one of the medications that could affect brain serotonin levels and help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is vitamin B3 a good vitamin for anxiety?

Is vitamin B3 a good vitamin for anxiety?

NO is not for it: but you need to find the cause of your anxiety , Early stages ( like any disease ) could be managed if you see the right professional and under go therapy , nothing to be ashamed to see a psychiatrist to alleviate your anxiety problems ...Read more

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Does vitamin B3 reduce melanoma risk? If so, how much do you need to take?

Does vitamin B3 reduce melanoma risk?  If so, how much do you need to take?

No: There is no known treatment to reduce risk of melanoma. Reducing exposure to Ultraviolet radiation (sunlight and tanning) will help reduce risk. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is niacinamide (vitamin b3) good for treating yeast infections?

Is niacinamide (vitamin b3) good for treating yeast infections?

No: The only supplement that might help with yeast infections is the use of probiotics ...Read more

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What vitamin b3 dosage should I take per day?

What vitamin b3 dosage should I take per day?

DEPENDS ON AGE/preg: Childrenbetween1to3 6mgm per da children between4-8 8mgm daily children between 9-13 12mgm daily between 14-18 and adult men need 16 mgm /day females between 14-18 and adult women need 14 mgm per day pregnant women need 18 mgm daily breast feeding women need 17mgm per day so here you have it. ...Read more

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Hi, is it true taking vitamin b3 pills help reduce bad cholesterol cheapest and safest way? If it is true, how much mg per day n how may to take a day

Vit B3 & cholesterol: Yes, works great to reduce bad and raise good cholesterol. Dose is 400mg or more. Should watch liver tests and watch for muscle pain side effect. "no flush" Niacin does not work -different compound. Side effect of Niacin is flushing. Take slow release to reduce flushing and precede 20 minutes with 2 81mg aspirins to reduce flushing. Flushing is harmless - just uncomfortable. Duracin is one brand. ...Read more

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Son 5 month took12hours ago iron ferrous sulfate 45 mg,vitamin A 4500iu, d 1200iu, folicacid 0.15mg .niacinamide 24mg. Nosideeffectsappeared.danger?

Son 5 month took12hours ago iron ferrous sulfate 45 mg,vitamin A 4500iu,  d 1200iu,   folicacid 0.15mg .niacinamide 24mg. Nosideeffectsappeared.danger?

Ingestion: If a child drinks, eats or swallows something youthink may harm him call poison control. They will let you know what to do next. Always ask your child's doctor before giving him any supplements. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take vitamin b3 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take vitamin b3 while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: The b vitamins are safe in pregnancy. They are in prenatal vitamins and you may not need more. If you take a lot of b vitamins, you may have some discoloration (yellow or orange) of your urine. ...Read more

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