15 Home Remedies For Vitamin B3 Deficiency (Pellagra)

10. Milk And Milk Products

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The best food for this vitamin B3 deficiency or niacin is milk and its products. If you hear milk, you will also have doubt as to why this liquid obtained from cows is commonly preferred.

Milk is simply a liquid, which is created in the mammal’s body for feeding their young. Mother Nature has provided mammals with this gift so that easily digestible food is available to the young ones for consumption. The mother mammal gives milk to its little ones until they become capable of finding food by themselves.

It is true that many mammals provide us with this liquid, but cow’s milk is the best, considering its variety of nutrients and easily digestible properties. The other advantage is that this milk is easily accessible while that of other domestic animals in different parts of the world, such as goats, camels, yak, and reindeer is difficult to acquire.

You can either drink milk directly or get the maximum benefit when you consume dairy products such as butter, curd, ghee, yogurt and other supplements. The US Government has clearly mentioned milk as a vital part of the daily diet.

  • Step 1: Buy pure milk from local produce.
  • Step 2: Have milk after breakfast and before going to bed (with dates).

How Does This Work?

The benefits of milk are strengthening of bones, making skin smooth, boosting the immunity of the human body and preventing osteoporosis.

The ideal source of nutrients present in milk is Vitamin A, D, B12, phosphorus, riboflavin, zinc, niacin, protein, magnesium, and selenium. Milk is perhaps one of the best resources of calcium. This mineral assists in the repair, the durability of bones and skeletal system, repair, function of body tissues, etc.

You can lose water (our body mass is made of 80% water) because of dehydration, one of the symptoms of pellagra and by drinking milk, you can rehydrate the body. Regarding children, water is essential for health growth.

When it comes to skin benefits, lactic acid present in milk assists in removing dead cells of the skin. The Vitamin A boosts the health of the skin as it plays the role of antioxidants. Consuming cold milk or yogurt can provide relief in times of acidity or acid reflux.

Milk Is Not Good, If:

  • You suffer from lactose intolerance. You will face problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, stomach pain, etc.
  • For a better alternative, you can opt for soymilk, almond milk, etc.

9. Eggs


When it comes to healthy nutrition, eggs can be defined as the best staple diet, as they contain all the essential ingredients required by the human body. The best thing about eggs is that it prevents diseases like pellagra or any vitamin-deficiency disease. Similar to milk, eggs are easily available throughout the globe. You can have eggs in any form you can want, boiled egg, poached eggs, fried egg or even as omelets.

How Does This Work?

The eggs contain Vitamin A, E, K and B complex vitamins. The minerals present in milk are calcium, zinc, selenium, niacin, phosphorous and other valuable components such as protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Protein is necessary for cell re-growth and regeneration, and the Vitamin A present can prevent macular degeneration.

Eggs Are Not Good, If:

  • You are suffering from obesity. Eggs have high levels of cholesterol.
  • You have to ensure that the eggs you consume are free of Salmonella bacterium, which can reside both inside and outside of eggs. If you do not have poultry, keep eggs refrigerated at all times.
  • You are pregnant, or you give the children uncooked or raw eggs. The same applies to even young children, old adults as they can have low immunity systems.

8. Lavender (For Topical Application)

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Lavender, the very name reminds use of a fragrant smell and the term ‘aromatherapy.’ It can give relief from the sensation of burning. It soothes the skin from itching and other burning symptoms. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it can prevent the sores from a possible outbreak and formation of scales in the skin. You can keep a bottle of lavender at home if you are prone to pellagra (only for topical application).

The best way to get relief from burning sensation and itching is to sprinkle some of the oil on the affected area. Similar to pellagra, you can also get relief from eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

How Does This Work?

The health benefits for the skin can be envisioned to the antifungal and antiseptic properties. It can also heal cuts, burns and sunburns. In the case of eczema, chamomile oil is mixed with lavender oil for treatment. The main oil constituents are linalyl acetate, camphor, terpinen-4-ol, and linalool. The other medicinal components are geraniol, camphene, neryl acetate, geranyl acetate, ß-caryophyllene, lavandulyl acetate and 1,8 cineole. In the case of pellagra, it soothes the skin, thereby curing the irritation and burning problems.

Lavender Is Not Good, If:

You are allergic to plants in the mint family. You can experience symptoms such as constipation, increased appetite, headaches, etc.

7. Broccoli

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Due to its numerous medicinal and nutritional benefits, broccoli is often listed as a ‘superfood’.  It enhances the digestive system, reduce cholesterol, aid in detoxification, promote absorption of minerals and vitamins, prevent or balance allergic reactions. Also, the immune system gets a boost!

The simplest way to prepare broccoli recipes is given here in this link.

How Does This Work?

For food, you can have broccoli in the diet to get niacin. This green is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals namely Vitamin E, B6, B1, A, niacin, pantothenic acid, dietary fiber and other trace minerals such as zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium and even omega-3 fatty acids. All these components assist in keeping the skin healthy and looking radiant, healthy and glowing. One of the important constituents is glucoraphanin, phytonutrients that can reverse the harmful effects of a suntan. So when every nutrient in the book is present here, it is a wonder that the harmful effects of pellagra can be easily reduced.

Broccoli Is Not Good, If:

  • You have an allergic rash. Have the dish (with broccoli) in moderation.

6. Aloe Vera

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Similar to lavender, you can use Aloe Vera for topical application and digestion. Aloe Vera is used as a natural herb remedy for skin disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effects of Aloe Vera can effectively treat burning sensations and itching problems associated with pellagra. The herbal gel also acts as a moisturizer and possesses antiseptic qualities.

The vitamins found in Aloe Vera are folic acid, A, E, C, vitamin B1, B2 and B3 (niacin) and B6. A few of the many minerals found in Aloe Vera, which assists the body in many processes are iron, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, calcium, chromium and sodium.

How Does This Work?

Also known as an adaptogen, it can boost the natural ability of the body to resist illness and adapt as per the situation. That means, stimulating the defense mechanisms and the ability to cope with environmental & emotional stress, which includes even pollution.

Since you suffer from fatigue, the metabolism will be at a low. The gel can cool and eliminate the toxins from the digestive tract. Since pellagra is related to skin problems, application of aloe gel topically can make it flexible because of its emollient properties (collagen and elastin). The oxygen supply to the cells is unhindered; the skin tissues are strengthened, and there will be enhanced blood flow in the skin cells because of capillary dilation. So as now, the scaly skin because of pellagra will get a moisturizing effect.

Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.

The main components to make a mark are emodin and aloin, which possess antiviral and antibacterial properties. The skin during pellagra is prone to cracks. The symptom can be prevented when you apply aloe vera gel to the affected areas. A regular application of Aloe Vera gel can give you positive results.

Aloe Vera Is Not Good, If:

  • You are allergic to plants of the Liliaceae family, similar to tulips, onions, and garlic.
  • You can also have aloe gel as food or for medicine. But refrain from taking the gel if you are diabetic, as the blood glucose levels have to be monitored by a healthcare professional.