Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Niacin

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Liver is a great source of Niacin

What is Niacin?

Niacin, one of the B-vitamins, is an essential vitamin for humans and dogs.  Niacin occurs naturally in many foods, including organ meat like liver, beef, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes.


Common names for Niacin

The most common name variations for Niacin include Vitamin B-3 and nicotinic acid.


Why is Niacin included in dog food?

Niacin helps with skin and coat health (due to its involvement in fatty acid synthesis). It is needed for the body to break down sugars and fats into energy.


Is Niacin a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Yes it is very common.   We found Niacin in 72% of all dog foods in our database.


Common benefits or risks of Niacin

Niacin is essential for a healthy nervous system and skin.  It helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Niacin also supports a healthy gastrointestinal system.

Niacin is crucial for a healthy body.  A niacin deficiency can cause weight loss, inflammation around the mouth and throat, black tongue, salivation, blood in the saliva and bloody diarrhea and stomach ulcers.

Like most things, too much Niacin can cause some problems.  Common issues from over consumption include skin flushing and itching, dry skin, upset stomach.


Miscellaneous facts about Niacin

Niacin is often used to help with high cholesterol in humans.  Niacin is sometimes used to reduce the symptoms of arthritis in humans as well.

Niacin was the third B vitamin to be identified as a dietary essential.


Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

slimdoggy smileyNiacin is crucial for a properly functioning body.  For this reason, we give this ingredient a “smiley” rating.

Consider supplementing your dog’s food with store bought liver to obtain the whole food nutritional benefit of Niacin.


Sources and further reading

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  1. I didn’t know that niacin is in liver. Good to know. I have lots of liver treats so I’m loaded up!
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  2. Oooo! Beans! One of my favorite foods!
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  3. Wow, those niacin deficiency symptoms are terrible! Good thing we’ve got some boiled liver frozen up for Niles 🙂
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  4. Great info as always Slim!
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  5. Oh boy! I’m all over having some liver with my meals but not so sure Mom is up to that task. She can buy all those things we like such as tripe or other dried innards but liver I don’t know.
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  6. Not my mom’s favorite, only had it once (when she was young). I had some liver treats before but it was very smelly. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  7. Oh I didn’t realize niacin was in liver. Dawgs would like that. 🙂
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  8. well why did i diet when I could of just cut out this ingredient, lol. Thanks for sharing all the information!
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