• Niacin is also known as vitamin B3 and is one of the eight B vitamins. It’s water-soluble so any extra amounts can be flushed out of your body through urine.
• Like other B vitamins, niacin helps to break down carbs, fat, and protein into usable energy.
• It plays other important roles in your body including cleansing your liver, ensuring proper hormone and adrenal production, keeping skin healthy, and reducing inflammation in your digestive system.
• Most people can get the needed amount of niacin from a healthy diet.
• Doctors may prescribe higher amounts of niacin as supplements to lower cholesterol and ease arthritis pain, but there are possible side effects.
• It can be found in a variety of foods but chicken, tuna, beef, salmon, peanuts, and lentils have the highest amounts of niacin.