Can healthy food also be cause of death? – Daily Minute Mirror

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Jamate Islami
Jamaty Islami

A recent study has sounded alarm bells for those who favour a diet rich in protein and vitamins including meats, fish, fruits and vegetables as it reveals a potential link between excessive consumption of a specific nutrient Niacin (Vitamin B3) and the risk of serious diseases.

The research featured in Nature Medicine Magazine suggests that an elevated intake of Niacin can lead to damage to the arteries carrying blood posing risks of inflammation and cardiovascular diseases. According to medical experts, men can safely incorporate 16 milligrams of Vitamin B3 into their daily diet while non-pregnant women can consume 14 milligrams.

Dr. Stanley Hazen, an American physician warns that one in every four Americans has Niacin levels exceeding the recommended threshold. He emphasizes that surpassing the recommended levels of Niacin in the body can potentially lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and even mortality.

The historical context provided by Dr. Hazen reveals that in the 1940s, Americans began incorporating higher levels of Niacin into their diets due to the prevailing belief among scientists that low levels of dietary elements could lead to a fatal condition known as pellagra.

However, the latest report suggests a reverse perspective indicating that an excess of Niacin (Vitamin B3) in the human body could contribute to the risks of heart diseases, strokes and mortality. Dr. Robert Rosenson, Director of Metabolism and Lipids at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City sees the study’s results as intriguing and essential for developing better medications for such diseases. He expresses hope that this research could aid the food industry in lowering Niacin levels in processed foods contributing to improved public health.

The writer is a mass communication student at Government Gulberg College, Lahore. She can be reached at [email protected]

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