An overview of diabetes
According to The NICHD, “Diabetes is a condition in which the body’s levels of blood sugar and the hormone insulin are out of balance. It is one of the most common diseases in the United States, and its numbers are constantly rising.” – The NICHD / Diabetes: Overview
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What is the role of Niacin or Vitamin B3?
The third member of the vitamin B complex family, vitamin B3 or niacin (nicotinic acid), also has 2 other variations called niacin amide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate.
The roles of vitamin B3 in the body
- It may aid in :
– nervous system
– digestive system
– proper brain function
– promotes healthy skin
– improves memory
– regulates proper blood circulation
– controls and lowers cholesterol levels in your body
- It also may help breakdown :
-And transforms them into energy
- It may be important for :
– sexual wellness
– producing sex hormones in the body
And may help fight disorders like impotence and erectile dysfunction
- It may improve :
– mental health
– lower blood pressure levels
– lessen body inflammation
Lack of vitamin B3 may cause various diseases including pellagra.
- Vitamin B3 deficiency is also associated with :
– memory loss
– motion sickness
– increased sensitivity to sunlight
Vitamin B3 / Niacin
What is the role of vitamin B12?
Another member of the vitamin B complex family is vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin and is one of the essential vitamins. However, because vitamin B12 is not abundant in many vegetables, vegetarians and vegans resort to vitamin B12 supplements or food fortified with B12. Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B12 and a natural alternative to supplements.
“Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that:
- helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy
- helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells”. – od.nih.gov
Vitamin B12 may boost energy and endurance levels and might help prevent heart diseases and strokes.
Lack of vitamin B12 may cause conditions such as:
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Loss of weight and appetite
Welcome to Hokto’s new website! My name is Leslie Kay and I am a registered dietitian, author and frequent presenter on the various topics of food and nutrition. My specialty area is working with clients and patients that want a more natural approach to better health by increasing foods in the diet that contain unique properties that help to prevent or manage an illness or disease. For example, adding enough fish oil to the diet can help lower triglyceride levels; increasing fiber can help manage glucose levels, and adding the right combination of nuts and plant foods can help manage high blood pressure and heart disease.
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The Hokto Kinoko Company is working with Leslie Kay, a registered dietitian, author and frequent presenter on the various topics of food and nutrition. Leslie’s specialty area is working with clients and patients that want a more natural approach to better health by increasing foods in the diet that contain unique properties that help to prevent or manage an illness or disease. This professional collaboration is a perfect fit for both parties. Mushrooms are emerging as a food that contains numerous compounds that may help to manage blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, improve immune function and maybe even lower risk for allergies. Plus they taste good, which is an important selling point in getting people to actually eat foods that are good for them! Visit Leslie’s blog to learn more about the nutritional benefits of Hokto’s mushrooms and learn a thing or two about good health!