This substance is alsoknown as the Vitamin B-3, as well as the nicotinic acid, and it belongs to thegroup of B vitamins. Aside from being a part of this group, it shares the placewith those vitamins that are directly related to such diseases as pellagra(also known as the pandemic deficiency illness), scurvy, Beri Beri, rickets andVitamin A related deficiency. Its primary function is in keeping our digestivesystem healthy and enabling it to function in the most proper manner. Asidefrom the digestive system, it is also considered vital for a proper functioning ofthe nerves, and is among those responsible for maintaining our skin young andhealthy. As far as the role in bodily processes is concerned, it should be pointedout that Niacin is vital for the success of the food-energy conversion process.But just like with any beneficial substance, once it starts to be overused, it losesits beneficial powers and starts producing undesired side effects, i.e. turnsinto a harmful and damaging agent. Once this happens, the condition that occursis widely known as the Niacin overdose. Just like it is the case with more orless any medication, it is quite possible to have too much of this substance,which ultimately can have extremely dangerous effects for the person inquestion. The side effects that accompany the overdose are of different natureand are conditioned by various factors such as the quantity of the previouslytaken dosage, as well as whether Niacin was taken alone or in combination withsome other medication.
The most importantthing that should never be disregarded is that every dosage over 75 mg isdefinitely going to cause the overdose. The most prominent ill effects of thisaction are such as serious damage to the liver, ulcers (peptic), skin rash etc.In case of the increased dosage, more than 100 mg on a daily basis needed forcontrolling the levels of cholesterol, the nicotinic acid is going to be themain culprit for skin flushing and the occurrence of itching, intensiveheadaches, drowsiness and lowered blood pressure. Also, this substance isregarded as the main aggravator of the peptic ulcer. Given the fact that it isalso responsible for numerous stomach related conditions, fortunately thesetend to go away on their own in due time. One of the ways to avoid stomachrelated issues is to combine Niacin with food, i.e. take it prior to eating ameal. The most important fact is that people who have a history of the liverdisease and stomach ulcers should under no circumstances consume supplementsbased in niacin.