Definition of Pellagra:

A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine (B1), usually occurring in alcoholics or in persons with malabsorption disorders.

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Carcinoid Cancer

...the condition
“...In those with carcinoid syndrome, features of pellagra, tricuspid regurgitation or pulmonary stenosis may also be present...”
...recommendation High/Increased Protein Diet
“...An adequate intake of the amino acid tryptophan, along with niacin, can prevent the tendency towards pellagra, which may otherwise occur from the excessive use of tryptophan by carcinoid tumors.”
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...the condition
“...Well-known causes ... Pellagra...”
...relationship to Vitamin B3 Requirement
“The mental disturbances brought about by pellagra, a vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency may be mistaken for schizophrenia, or vice versa...”
...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“Since pellagra can mimic the symptoms of schizophrenia, the use of niacin to treat schizophrenia and depression is controversial...”
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Tryptophan Need

...the condition
“...Deficiency of tryptophan in the diet enhances the progress of the vitamin-deficiency disease pellagra, which is treated by restoring nicotinic acid to the diet, usually supplemented with tryptophan...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) a treatment
“...Pellagra is the name for niacin deficiency, describing the "raw skin" symptomology of the disease...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Niacin is commonly known as vitamin B3, the water-soluble vitamin that prevents the deficiency disease pellagra.  Vitamin B3 is necessary for the manufacture of the hormones cortisone, thyroxine, insulin, and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone...”
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