Natural Factors Vitamin B3 - 500 - Niacin is needed to maintain proper circulation, healthy skin, and a healthy gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Studies have shown that Niacin is effective in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, and aids in lowering high blood pressure. Vitamin B3, in the form of Niacin is a vasodilator that widens the blood vessels and increases the blood flow to the extremities. Severe Niacin deficiency is a major factor in pellagra, which is known as the three D's: Dermatitis, Diarrhea and Dementia. In addition, Dr. Hoffer (world renowned for his pioneer work in orthomolecular medicine) has used Vitamin B3 successfully in serious nervous disorders including schizophrenia. Vitamin B3 deficiency can lead to depression, irritability, weakness and loss of memory.
A Niacin flush, usually harmless, may occur after supplementing with Niacin and can be accompanied by a red rash on the skin, and a tingling sensation. Use with caution during pregnancy or if you suffer from diabetes, glaucoma, gout, liver disease or peptic ulcers.