Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Why we include:
Vitamin B3 – also known as niacin – is essential for nervous system development, function, and maintenance. It’s directly involved in the release of the so-called “happy” brain chemical dopamine, which is involved in drive, motivation, and pursuing rewards. An overview of B3 research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences also emphasized its role in reducing neuroinflammation and ensuring that brain cells continue to function properly when you’re undergoing stress.[i]
While you can obtain this micronutrient from foods like tuna, peanuts, and turkey, some people don’t get enough from their diet alone. In which case, a supplement can help top up B3 levels. A team of German researchers investigated the impact of B3 supplementation on the brain. Revealing their findings in Cell Reports, they concluded that additional niacin intake improved energy production by increasing the activity of mitochondria, which act as power plants in cells.