15 Home Remedies For Vitamin B3 Deficiency (Pellagra)

5. Coriander Leaves


Coriander leaves are one of the best home remedies for pellagra.  You can use for repairing the skin and coriander leaves can be used as food for getting sufficient quantity of niacin. Here is what you need to do.

  • Step 1: Take two handfuls of coriander leaves and soak in a bowl of water before going to bed.
  • Step 2: Strain the leaves and drink the water in the morning to get niacin.

How Does This Work?

The two magical components, which can help in the condition of pellagra, are cineole and linoleic acid. They both possess anti-arthritic & anti-rheumatic properties. When the inflammation of the skin is reduced largely, the body returns to normalcy slowly. The high volume of iron present in coriander assists people who have low immunity and a reduction in other body functions to get better (regarding pellagra).

Coriander Leaves Are Not Good, If:

  • You include an excess of coriander leaves to the diet. Some people have complained of sensitivity to sunlight, and this could lead to skin cancer in the long term.
  • You are pregnant. Medical research is still going on, for the benefits of these leaves. It is better to have a consultation with your health provider before opting to include coriander in the diet.

4. Fenugreek Seeds

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The easily found spice also has medicinal properties in addition to its culinary use in recipes. Hence, fenugreek seeds are highly helpful in treating the problems of pellagra. So, to try a remedy using this ingredient, follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Take four teaspoons of fenugreek seeds and one bowl of water.
  • Step 2: Boil the bowl for ten minutes and cover the bowl with a lid.
  • Step 3: Steep the mixture and consume the water two or three times a day. To get maximum benefits, you can have water as the first option in the morning.

How Does This Work?

The leaves and seeds of fenugreek have an aromatic odor, and they can be used as flavoring ingredients. You would be surprised to know that the seeds have a bitter taste, but will lose this property when they are roasted slightly.

The nutrients essential for the body in fenugreek seeds are thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins C, A, B6, and niacin. They are also rich sources of minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron, and copper. Other than Vitamin K, fenugreek seeds contain plenty of phytonutrients such as tigogenin, neotigogens, choline, gitogenin, diosgenin and yamogenin.

Because of the symptoms of pellagra, you can have a poor digestive system. In the case of stomach ailments such as acid reflux or heartburn, the mucilage present in these seeds soothe the inflammation, and coats the intestinal and stomach lining. Some of the benefits fenugreek seeds can help cure are — constipation, indigestion, ulcers in the leg, lack of appetite, inflammation of lymph glands, wounds, etc.

Fenugreek Seeds Are Not Good, If:

  • You are pregnant. Refrain from consuming fenugreek seeds as you can suffer miscarriage or the babies might suffer from defects. You can also suffer from internal bleeding.
  • You are allergic to fenugreek. Some of the side effects are breathing difficulty, swallowing of food and chest pain. If you are new to fenugreek seeds, have a little volume of seeds at the first time to check for symptoms in case of doubts.
  • You should not administer any these seeds’ dosage to children. Some children have suffered unconsciousness.
  • You are diabetic. The blood sugar levels can become affected, and you may suffer from hypoglycemia.

3. Fish (Cooked Yellowfin Tuna) and Ginger

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The symptoms of pellagra are such that it deactivates your positive moods. You can suffer from fatigue and lack of appetite. You can also have diarrhea or nausea. So, a combination of fish and ginger recipe will be the best bet for you. Some of the famous ginger tuna recipes are ginger marinated tuna steaks, ginger lime; garlic seared tuna and pan-seared tuna with ginger-shiitake cream sauce.

Click this link for the recipe.

How Does This Work?

The specified fish contains nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and more than the required amount of niacin. You can also have mackerel and bluefin tuna, wild salmon, swordfish, halibut, farmed salmon and skipjack tuna.

Ginger, on the other hand, contains the medicinal components, namely gingerols and shogaols. They provide the best relief in times of stomach upset, nausea, etc.  Niacin is also present in trace amounts in ginger. The other component to be taken into account is glycyrrhizin having hypertensive properties. This component can increase blood pressure and assist persons suffering from fatigue.

Fish & Ginger Is Not Good, If:

  • You are using canned products. Buy tuna or other fish from the local market. Also, check if the river is cleared of industrial pollutants. Mercury, if abundant in tuna fish, can make you seriously
  • You have a bleeding disorder or pregnant. Refrain from adding ginger to the diet as it can increase your risk of bleeding. In the case of pregnancy, there are some instances of miscarriage. Stay on the safer side.
  • You are diabetic. The sugar level might become low, and it has to be monitored.

2. Asparagus and Beef

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One of the many herbs, which have to be on your plate, is none other than asparagus. It can take the entire responsibility of fulfilling the lack of niacin in the body. Thus, reduces and wards off pellagra.

Due to lack of appetite, the metabolism will be weak in pellagra-affected patients. The complex carbohydrate, called as inulin (prebiotic) can get digested only in the large intestine by stomach-friendly bacteria such as lactobacilli. You get the additional benefits of proper absorption of nutrients and less risk of allergies and other rampant behavioral mood changes.

The best way to serve asparagus is with beef or chicken to round up the course and have a balanced diet. Some of the beef with asparagus recipes are:

  • Steak and asparagus stir-fry – click here for the recipe.
  • Asparagus beef – click here for the recipe.

When choosing the latter option, choose grass-fed beef.

How Does This Work?

Well-known as an anti-inflammatory medicine, you can get relief from the burning and itching sensations if you consume asparagus.  It has vitamins such as A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), our desired component, niacin, B-6, folate, Vitamin C and E.

The saponins present in this herb display anti-inflammatory properties. Another medicinal component is rutin (a flavonoid), which can prevent clotting of blood. Non-absorption of vital nutrients may cause the body to develop cramps that can be solved by the use of asparagus.

A recent study of children and teens in the U.S. has shown that individuals in these age groups depend on their intake of beef for the following key nutrients such as iron, potassium, vitamin B2, niacin, vitamin B12, protein, selenium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Asparagus and Beef Is Not Good, If:

  • You have a digestion problem. The complex carbohydrate, raffinose present in asparagus is difficult to break down and in the process; you might have to suffer bloating.
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby. The hormonal balance goes haphazard after consuming the herb. It is advisable to have a consultation with the doctor in case of similar situations.
  • You are allergic to leeks, onions or the lily family. You may suffer from allergic reactions.
  • You are having a history of kidney stones or gout stones. Refrain from having asparagus or beef in the diet as it contains purines, which can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

1. Chicken Soup

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Chicken meat has plenty of your required vitamins – niacin.  You can have a chicken soup to satisfy all the nutritional needs. If you have made the soup with superfoods such as garlic, ginger, thyme and other spices, it will be one of the best health drinks.

To make a healthy chicken soup, click here.

How Does This Work?

Vegetables like onion and garlic have many immune boosting ingredients, which can make the body healthy. So, when mixed with your chicken soup, they can be a great plus. Chicken, on the other hand, is a rich source of protein and vitamins that can supply every nutrient in the book to the body. Cysteine is an amino acid present in chicken that thins out mucus in the lungs and makes it easy for expulsion.

The carrots and celery have beta-carotene and celery, assist the body in boosting the immune system as well fight infection. Garlic contains the magical medicinal component allicin known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Onions on the other part have many antioxidants, which can ward off free radicals. For example, sulfur and quercetin are the main components, which can destroy harmful pathogens. Chicken, while filling, is good for more than just a meal. It contains cysteine, an amino acid that is thought to help thin mucus in the lungs, making it easier to expel.

Carrots (contain beta-carotene) and celery (contains vitamin C), both of which help to bolster the immune system and fight infection. Onions in your chicken soup provide the benefit of antioxidants that reduce inflammation and act as an antihistamine.

If you are affected with pellagra, it is better to avoid sunlight, as the skin can become very sensitive. The side effects you can experience are red skin, blisters, etc. This is due to the loss of moisture, and the skin becomes flaky or dry. A kind request to avoid harsh sunlight until the symptoms of pellagra is fully treated.

Natural Remedy Vs. Pharmacy

Though nothing can be as good as natural remedies, there are still medicines for pellagra that are being consumed even today. These are:

Slo-Niacin, Niacor, Nicotinex, B3-500-Gr, Niacin SR, and B-3-50. The other over-the-counter medicines are Niacin Flush Free Oral, niacinamide oral, Niacin No Flush oral, niacin (inositol niacinate) oral and Niacin (niacinamide) oral.


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