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Table II.27: Niacin (ii.113-151986113-114)

Also known as vitamin B3, turmeric contains about 4.8 mg of niacin per 100 grams of spice. Other plants that contain niacin include acerola, alfalfa, allspice, avocado, chickweed, coffee, garlic, and ginger. These herbs, fruits, and spices may be able to help with hair loss, keep your skin looking younger, prevent breast cancer and other types of tumors, and help with weight loss.

  • Niacin is an essential nutrient used to make neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain.
  • It also blocks enzyme activity that is toxic to neurons that make the neurotransmitter dopamine. This suggests it could help prevent one of the steps in the development of Parkinson's disease.
  • Deficiency can cause pellagra (with symptoms of depression, Alzheimer's disease, and loss of coordination).
  • Niacin is the principal vitamin needed to produce enzymes that help maintain the balance of electrons in many biochemical reactions necessary for human life. This includes making the ATP energy by cell mitochondria from the food we eat, and helping to maintain healthy levels of antioxidants in the body and brain.
  • Niacin widens blood vessels and can increase blood circulation in the legs.
  • Based on its chemical structure, experts suggest that niacin is highly likely to effectively:
    • Help keep the heart healthy (by increasing heart function).
    • Prevent the development of cancer.
Malpighia emarginata, M. glabra, M. punicifolia, M. berteriana, M. lanceolata, M. retusa, M. umbellata; M. glabra and M. punicifoliahave very high levels of vitamin C. (ii.15)
Medicago sativa(ii.15)
Pimenta dioica(ii.15)
Persea americana, P. gratissima(ii.15)
Stellaria media(ii.15)
Coffea arabica, C. canephora(ii.15)
Allium sativum(ii.15)
Zingiber officinale(ii.15)

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