Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3)
Nicotinic acid is a B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamins are compounds that you must have for growth and health. They are needed in small amounts only and are usually available in the foods that you eat. Niacin and niacinamide are necessary for many normal functions of the body, including normal tissue metabolism.
Nicotinic Acid is water soluble. This is quite important because it may be lost when you cook your food by boiling it in water! It is also important because it cannot be stored in the body and must therefore be present in your diet to replace that which is lost in urine. Don't worry about remembering the chemical structure for your "A" Level exams. It is more important for you to understand why a deficiency of this chemical causes pellagra. Deficiency of nicotinic acid (also known as niacin), one of the B-complex vitamins, causes pellagra.
Pellagra was known as the "disease of the four D's" -- dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and death. The disease is specifically characterized by:
Dermatitis: A rash on areas of the skin exposed to light or trauma and ulcerations within the mouth
Dementia: Mental disorientation, confusion, delusions and depression
Death, if untreated.
When used in high doses, nicotinic acid has the following benefits:
It raises HDL levels higher than any other cholesterol drug.
It is extremely effective in reducing triglyceride levels.
It lowers LDL-cholesterol.
It is the least expensive cholesterol drug.
Chemical Name: Pyridine-(beta)-carboxylic Acid; Niacin
Molecular formula: C6H5O2N
Molecular weight: 123.11
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