Niacin, also known as Vitamin B-3, is an essential, water-soluble compound that plays an important role in supporting overall health and well-being.** Like other B-vitamins, it supports metabolic function, helping to break down fats, sugars and proteins into energy and other components the body needs.**
Niacin is popular for supporting the optimization of heart health and cardiovascular wellness.** For some, nutritional supplementation with this B vitamin may promote “good” HDL cholesterol while also helping to balance “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.** This biological action may be an important contributor to circulatory wellness, and may hold potential for those seeking to nutritionally support their overall cardiovascular health.**
B-3 also helps to support the nervous system, including the brain.** It may also have a role in promoting memory and mental clarity, especially as it relates to natural age-related cognitive decline.** Additional wellness benefits associated with this B-vitamin include nutritional support for hormone production, adrenal function, vision health, skin health and hair health.** For some, it may hold potential for supporting blood sugar levels already within normal range.**
Niacin is found either on its own in capsule or tablet form or together with other B-vitamins in a B-complex nutritional supplement. Niacinimide is another form of B-3 found in supplements used for triglyceride health and blood glucose support.** Some “flush-free” formulations bind the B-vitamin with inositol to minimize skin flushing that is sometimes associated with this supplement.
Niacin Directions for Use
Always consult with your physician prior to beginning any type of nutritional supplementation. Dosages can vary, but typical serving sizes are between 100 mg and 500 mg. Cardiovascular benefits are associated with higher intake of 1000 mg to 3000 mg daily.