Niacin, often referred to as B3, is a collective term used to refer to niacinamide & nicotinic acid, which are identical yet different in pharmacological activities.
Niacin is a member of the Vitamin B family.Niacin is involved in a wide range of biological processes including the production of energy, the synthesis of fatty acids, cholesterol, and steroids, signal transduction, the regulation of gene expression, and the maintenance of gene integrity. In pharmacology, nicotinic acid is used as an anti-hyperlipidemic agent. Both nicotinic acid and niacinamide are efficiently absorbed through the stomach and small intestine. However, they are metabolized differently and excreted in the urine in different forms.
We use niacinamide in our recommendations to avoid side effects often associated with nicotinic acid such as flushing. Nicotinic acid causes vasodilatation within twenty minutes of ingestion which can last for up to an hour.
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