Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Niacin Rush

Your face turns flush and your skin starts to itch. Yourheart begins to beat faster. The itching may be felt allacross your face and extend down your arms to yourfingertips.

What is going on? If you're like me you forgot what youlearned in school and had to call ask-a-nurse to bereminded.

You may have taken a little too much niacin, or vitamin B-3.It's ok, you'll be fine, it will probably wear off in abouthalf an hour.

But it can really make you scared if you don't know what isgoing on.

What happened? I took a niacin supplement plus brewer'syeast which itself contains lots of niacin. That was nineyears ago but I still remember it like yesterday.

Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid is very necessary foryour body. Niacin is needed at the cellular level. It is animportant nutrient in cellular processes that create theultimate energy currency of your body - ATP or AdenosineTriphosphate.

A deficiency in niacin can lead to pellagra, which has anumber of manifestations. An inflamed tongue and irritatedgastric track and colon as well as depression and hard roughskin are just some of the symptoms of this deficiencydisease.

Anxiety and hallucinations are also possible symptoms ofpellagra. Wide spread pellagra is no longer seen in theUnited States, though individual cases can still occur.

Dermatitis, dementia and diarrhea are considered the 3 Ds orthe classic symptoms of pellagra.

Diets rich in meats, eggs and milk provide adequate amountsof niacin to the body. Alcoholics and diabetics are atgreater risk for being deficient in niacin.

Niacin is a vitamin, it is necessary to the body forcellular processes.

Oral supplementation can reverse the less severe cases ofdeficiency. In severe cases there may be permanentconsequences.

So the next time your face flushes and you get an itchingburning sensation down to your fingertips, take a moment toreflect before you panic. Did you have too much niacin?

This article is for information purposes only. If you haveor think you have a health condition, consult your physicianfor proper diagnoses and treatment.

Dave Snape is a health, fitness and wellness enthusiast. His website is


Home delivered, congregate meals provide more than nutrition to older Iowans
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Catherine Hoppenworth speaks with Horizons volunteer coordinator Anna Ronnebaum during her Meals on Wheels delivery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Ronnebaum says that the visits are a good chance to check in with seniors, ...


EatPlayGrow class teaches kids the importance of nutrition
(WZZM) -- Nutrition is key to leading a healthy lifestyle and it's never too early to start learning the basics. The Grand Rapids Public Library's EatPlayGrow series helps parents teach their kids the importance of good nutrition. EatPlayGrow combines ...

The Free Press

Federal nutrition guidelines lead to excess waste of school lunches
The Free Press
Each morning in October, more than 4,600 Lenoir County students ate their breakfast at school. In order to meet requirements set by the federal Child Nutrition Act, most, if not all of those students were given a piece of fruit or a vegetable to go ...

Reno Gazette Journal

Diet Detective: Checking in on airline food nutrition
Reno Gazette Journal
This is why each year I contact the airlines to request nutrition information for the foods they serve economy-class passengers on domestic flights. All the airlines could do better with their snack choices – there is no clear leader. JetBlue and Delta ...

and more »

6 Things All Nutrition Experts Agree On
A vegetarian, a paleo dieter and a Mediterranean Diet proponent walk into a conference…sounds like the start of a joke, but it actually resulted in some common ground between nutrition and food systems experts last week. Put together by food and ...
The Food Cops and Their Ever-Changing Menu of TaboosWall Street Journal

all 2 news articles »

County Senior Nutrition Program serves up more than just food
For 16 years, Joe Orr delivered meals to the elderly as a part-time truck driver for Meals on Wheels, the delivery arm of Milwaukee County's Senior Nutrition Program. But on this day, Orr, 83 years old and three years retired, takes his usual seat in ...

and more »

Casper Star-Tribune Online

Nutrition, recruiting benefit most from $5 million UW athletics match
Casper Star-Tribune Online
When the NCAA deregulated its nutrition rules in April 2014, Wyoming took advantage by expanding its sustenance offerings. It paid for the additional nourishment with the help of the state's $5 million match of Cowboy Joe Club donations for the 2015-16 ...

Inter Press Service

Better Nutrition for Better Lives
Inter Press Service
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. ROME, Nov 26 2015 (IPS) ...

Boys & Girls Club to dedicate nutrition lab
Corvallis Gazette Times
“We look forward to collaborating with the many community partners who have an expertise in the area of food and nutrition to help us reduce childhood obesity through education and hands on experience," club CEO Helen Higgins said in a press release.


5 ways Canada can impact global nutrition
Good nutrition is a prerequisite for optimal health and education and is a key contributor to economic development. This problem exists in every country on the planet — yet the strategies or high-impact interventions available to resolve it are not ...
Why untrained daycare Workers can mess up kids healthThe Star

all 4 news articles »

Google News


Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © LLC. All rights reserved.