Step 1 is the first dose (50 mg) you should try to begin taking a full flush or non timed release or extened release niacin. While this is the healthiest for you, you can get flushing which is the reddening of the skin and getting hot or maybe ichy for about 30 minutes or so. While this flushing in not harmful, it can make someone uncomfortable or alarmed if not expecting it. Step 1 a a good dose to start with. One could up their dosage to my Step 2 (100mg dose) or Step 3 (250 mg dose) which will be coming out soon. 120 tablets gives you a 4 months supply. Shipping included in the price! Save $4 in shipping by getting this product at Zero Point Fitness!
Health benefits of Niacin
1. Lowers LDL Cholesterol. Niacin has been used since the 1950s to treat high cholesterol.
2. Increases HDL Cholesterol
In addition to lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, niacin also raises “good” HDL cholesterol.
Studies show that niacin raises HDL levels by 15–35% (9Trusted Source).
3. Lowers Triglycerides
Niacin can also lower triglycerides by 20–50%.
It does this by stopping the action of an enzyme that's involved in triglyceride synthesis.
4. May Help Prevent Heart Disease
Niacin's effect on cholesterol may help prevent heart disease — but newer research suggests an additional mechanism by which it benefits your heart.
It may help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are involved in atherosclerosis, or the hardening of your arteries.
Some research indicates that niacin therapy — either alone or in combination with statins — could help lower the risk of health problems related to heart disease.
However, results are mixed.
5. May Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes
6. Boosts Brain Function
Your brain needs niacin — as a part of the coenzymes NAD and NADP — to get energy and function properly.
Some types of schizophrenia can be treated with niacin, as it helps undo the damage to brain cells that occurs as a result of deficiency (17Trusted Source).
Preliminary research shows that it could also help keep the brain healthy in cases of Alzheimer's disease. However, results are mixed.
7. Improves Skin Function
Niacin helps protect skin cells from sun damage, whether it's used orally or applied as a lotion.
Recent research suggests it may help prevent some types of skin cancer as well.
8. May Reduce Symptoms of Arthritis
In one preliminary study, niacin helped ease some symptoms of osteoarthritis, improving joint mobility and reducing the need for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Another study in lab rats found that an injection with the vitamin reduced inflammation related to arthritis.
Although this is promising, more research is needed.
9. Treats Pellagra
Severe niacin deficiency causes a condition called pellagra. Thus, taking a niacin supplement is the main treatment for pellagra.
Niacin deficiency is rare in industrialized countries. However, it may occur alongside other diseases, such as alcoholism, anorexia or Hartnup disease.
Safety and side effect according to the Mayo Clinic:
When taken orally in appropriate amounts, niacin appears to be safe.
High doses of niacin available via prescription can cause:
- Severe skin flushing combined with dizziness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Liver damage
Serious side effects are most likely if you take between 2,000 to 6,000 mg of niacin a day. If you think you might have overdosed on niacin, seek medical attention immediately.
If you have liver disease, peptic ulcer disease or severe low blood pressure (hypotension), don't take large amounts of niacin. The supplement has been linked with liver damage, can cause hypotension and might activate a peptic ulcer.
Taking niacin also might worsen allergies, gallbladder disease and symptoms of certain thyroid disorders. If you have diabetes, niacin can interfere with blood glucose control. Use niacin with caution if you have the complex form of arthritis gout. Niacin can cause an excess of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia), putting you at risk of gout.
If you're pregnant, don't take prescription niacin for high cholesterol. However, if needed to prevent or treat niacin deficiency, niacin is likely safe to take during pregnancy and in breast-feeding women when used in recommended amounts.