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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Food Guide > June 2016 > WHY WE NEED… VITAMIN B3


Continuing our monthly analysis of the B group of vitamins, NIACIN – or VITAMIN B3 – helps the body PRODUCE ENERGY and is vital for the NERVOUS SYSTEM. It also keeps us functioning well PSYCHOLOGICALLY and is great for our SKIN.

Juliette Kellow HFG DIETITIAN

What happens if I don’t get enough?

In the UK, most people get plenty of vitamin B3. In fact, on average, we have just over twice as much as the recommended daily intake (RDI). It’s easy for us to meet and exceed the RDI because it’s found in a wide range of foods. It can also be made in the body from a protein building block called tryptophan (the amino acid also used to make moodboosting serotonin). As the RDI is based on the amount we need to prevent a deficiency of that nutrient, there’s no need to worry if we get more of it through eating a healthy balanced diet.

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Can you reverse type 2 diabetes through diet? In the June issue of Healthy Food Guide, our experts look at the latest claims by the creator of the 5:2 diet. Also, find out if your medication could be causing your weight gain, and discover the best diet and exercise choices for long-term bone health. Plus, gluten-free baker Phil Vickery shares his failsafe bread recipes and we help you fill up on the latest grain bowl trend.