Niacin, also called Vitamin B3, is one of eight water-soluble B Vitamins. B Vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, are essential cofactors for the production of cellular energy from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Niacin is normally found in milk, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, whole grains and other foods that contain protein, although its more convenient use as a supplement has grown dramatically in recent years.
At least 200 enzymes are known to be dependent on Niacin and its active forms, NAD and nicotinamide. Therefore, Niacin nutriture has an impact on many areas of human health, especially in energy and biosynthetic pathways. Niacin has been found to support a healthy nervous system and is critical for the maintenance of DNA stability. In addition, there is extensive clinical evidence that indicates that high-dose Niacin can support healthy serum lipid levels that are already within the healthy range.
Taking high doses of Niacin can cause a “flushing” sensation, which is not harmful, but may be unpleasant. Protocol for Life Balance Flush Free Niacin is a form called Inositol Hexaniacinate, the form of Niacin that has been found to be best tolerated and causes the least amount of flushing. Health Functions:
Arterial/Cholesterol Support. Ingredients:
Serving Size: 1 Vcap
Servings Per Container: 90
Amount Per Serving:
Niacin 500 mg (from 640 mg of Inositol Hexanicotinate) (Vitamin B3)
Inositol 135 mg (from 640 mg of Inositol Hexanicotinate)
Other ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Rice Flour and Silica.
Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
Vegetarian/Vegan Product. Servings:
As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap daily as needed, preferably with meals. For intensive use, take 1-2 Vcaps twice daily, under the supervision of a health care practitioner. Caution:
The Institute of Medicine of the NIH has established the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for all forms of Niacin for adults as 35 mg/day based on flushing as the critical adverse effect. The form of niacin in this product, however, is unlikely to cause a flushing response. High dose Niacin has been associated with liver inflammation. Although some reports suggest that it occurs most commonly with slow-release Niacin, it can occur with any type of Niacin when taken at a daily dose of more than 500 mg (usually 3 g or more). Regular blood tests to evaluate liver function are therefore mandatory when using high-dose Niacin (or Niacinamide or Inositol Hexaniacinate). The antituberculosis drug Isoniazid (INH) may increase the need for Niacin. If you have liver disease, ulcers (presently or in the past), gout, gallbladder disease, or drink too much alcohol, do not take high-dose Niacin except on medical advice. Combining high-dose Niacin with statin drugs (the most effective medication for high cholesterol) may affect cholesterol profile by raising HDL cholesterol. However, this combination therapy could contribute to the potentially fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis, and should be attempted only under the supervision of a physician. Niacin may interfere with the absorption of Tetracycline, and therefore the two should be taken at different times of the day. Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Disclaimer:
The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated statements contained herein. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Always consult with your professional health care provider before changing any medication.