Niacin is a B vitamin and an essential nutrient required for cellular energy metabolism. You can find niacin in a variety of foods they include: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and beans and nuts. Niacin comes in different forms, they include niacinamide and standard "fast-release" niacin. Niacin has been shown to increase HDL (good cholesterol) to lower cardiovascular risk, prevent pain and inflammation of arthritis, and to treat a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and alcoholism. Niacin can cause a well-known side effect called the "niacin flush", which can last about 30-60 minutes. It is recommended to start with a low dose once a day and gradually increase the dose day by day. An appropriate dose to start with is 25 mg once a day with food, then gradually increase to 100mg in divided doses throughout the day until you reach several hundred mg of niacin in divided doses with meals.
Info provided by: Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Townsend Letter
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