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Niacin (Vitamin B3) Supplements

Niacin was the third of the B group vitamins to be discovered, hence its designation as vitamin B3. Historically it has also been called vitamin P.

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Niacin (Vitamin B3) Info

Niacin was the third of the B group vitamins to be discovered, hence its designation as vitamin B3. Historically it has also been called vitamin P. It comes in two different forms: niacinamide (or nicotinamide) and nicotinic acid. Both forms of supplement can provide the body’s nutritional requirements but they have different effects. Niacin influences the cardiovascular system, stimulating circulation and dilating the blood vessels, thus potentially helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

The niacinamide form can initiate a sudden hot tingling flush in some individuals, which is temporary and harmless. It’s caused by the release of histamine, a vasodilator.

People who react with a ‘niacin flush’ may prefer the nicotinic acid form, which is non-flushing.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) Benefits

Niacin deficiency, known as pellagra, used to be called the disease of the 4 D’s: diarrhoea, dermatitis, dementia/depression, and (ultimately) death. Caused by poor dietary nutrition it is now rare in developed countries but still prevalent in countries where malnutrition is common.

Niacin deficiency may present as ulcer formation, dizziness, bad breath, headaches, nausea, irritability and depression.

As part of a vitamin B complex supplementation, niacin supports healthy brain and nervous tissue function and improves the stress response by supporting adrenal function.

As a vasodilator niacin can help ease cramping of the calf muscles and may help treat Raynaud’s disease. It can help regulate hypoglycaemia and may help relieve headaches and migraines.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) Side Effects

Niacinamide forms may cause temporary flushing.

Niacin should always be taken in conjunction with a B complex supplement, as all the B group vitamins need to be present in the correct ratio for optimal effect.

High doses should be avoided in the following conditions: diabetes, low blood pressure, gout, liver disease or ulcers.

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    I am 81 now and for several years now have not been able to produce seratonin. I have been taking 5HTP in the past and some SAMe too but for quite a while now I have been taking 500mg x 3 tablets daily of No-Flush Niacin. This was
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    where he spoke of a depressed girl totally isolated at home, who started taking 3000mg daily of Niacin. I take 3 x 500mg daily ( 1500 mg) of this No-Flush Niacin with 5HTP 160 mg capsules - 2 a day and this seems to keep me going evenly. This may sound strange to some, but for years I relived deep emotional pain from my childhood and the war UK v Germany, and this has been a
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