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Niacin vs Niacinamide

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 Posted 7/30/2013 10:50:53 AM
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In the book, Niacin: The Real Story, authors Hoffer, Saul & Foster say niacinamide works as well as niacin, except no blood lipid benefits. Does anyone know of other benefits of niacin over niacinamide?

When I decided I to try high doses during a stressful time, I started with niacinamide (3000 mg/day in 3 doses) to avoid flushing. I found it very calming. The authors say niacinamide causes nausea if the dose is too high, but I haven't experienced that. Anyone know how to figure out how much you really need with high dose niacin or niacinamide?

Now I have to decide if I should switch to niacin. If I do, gradually seems to be the way to minimize flushing. Should I end up with half niacin, half niacinamide or all niacin?

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Elaine


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 Posted 7/30/2013 11:14:45 AM
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Niacin may be better in terms of enhancing longevity than niacinamide. 

There is also the benefit of histamine release for anorgasmia or to promote relaxation.


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My first niacin flush was scary.   However, I've grown to enjoy the flushing--it's kind of exhilarating.  Start at 500 mg per day, then 1000 mg per day, then 1500 mg per day.  Going higher than that may cause drowsiness.
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Yes, sleepiness is another benefit if it is taken before bed.

Did know one person who found niacin aggravated his rosacea.  Another possible unwanted effect is a reversible elevation of liver enzymes.


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