All About Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Benefits:

Things To Know & Note

It is an:

Essential vitamin or mineral

Primary use:

General health

Also known as:

Niacin, vitamin B, niacina

Mostly used for:

Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol

Gets along with:

Aspirin or laropiprant

Most common side effect:

Flushing reaction

Niacin supplements are known to cause 'niacin flush', a medically benign warm/flushing sensation usually in the face (differing from beta-alanine tingles). Nicotinamide supplements do not have this effect.

High (undisclosed) doses of niacin that have been used in attempts to mask urine drug tests are noted in a few case studies to be associated with multiorgan failure.

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