Niacin (Vitamin B-3) is an essential B-vitamin necessary for good health. Many Niacin supplements causea temporary Niacin flush or tingling red rash on the skin when taken in large doses. This flush-free Niacin is formulated to avoid such reactions.
Inositol Hexanicotinate is a stable, non-flushing source of Niacin. This superior source, and lower potency, of Niacin works to reduce the problems associated with mega doses of Niacin supplements.
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The study involved 208 people who had, or were at high risk of developing, coronary artery disease and were being treated with a statin drug (primarily simvastatin [Zocor] or atorvastatin [Lipitor]). Participants were randomly assigned to receive niacin or a second cholesterol-lowering drug (ezetimibe; brand name Zetia) for an average of 14 months. Niacin was taken in the form of extended-release tablets at bedtime. The initial dose was 500 mg, which was increased as tolerated to a maximum of 2,000 mg each night.
In this study, niacin was well tolerated by most participants. However, niacin frequently causes a skin flush, which some people find intolerable, and 18% of the participants taking niacin discontinued it because of side effects.
On rare occasions, niacin in large doses (particularly extended-release forms of niacin) has caused liver damage. It is therefore important for anyone taking a large amount of niacin (such as more than 500 mg per day) to be monitored by a doctor. Despite these potential adverse effects, niacin has been shown to be an important weapon in the battle against cardiovascular disease.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that is similar to niacin, does not cause a skin flush and does not lower serum cholesterol levels. Inositol hexanicotinate (sometimes called “no-flush niacin”) is another form that usually does not cause a skin flush. However, its effect on serum cholesterol levels appears to be minimal.
Warnings: Caution: Not to be used by pregnant/lactating women or those with liver problems, stomach ulcers or diabetes unless recommended by your healthcare practitioner.
As a dietary supplement, take 2 Vcaps® daily as needed, preferably with meals or as directed by your health practitioner.