Niacin (vitamin B3) is an essential nutrient with important functions for maintaining cardiovascular, neurological and overall health. Niacin supplements containing nicotinic acid can cause uncomfortable flushing. No Flush Niacin contains a special form of niacin, inositol hexanicotinate, consisting of six molecules of niacin chemically linked to an inositol molecule.
Some of the ingested inositol hexanicotinate is hydrolyzed in the body to slowly release free niacin and inositol.1,2 However, because much of it remains intact in the body, it is thought that inositol hexanicotinate may exert direct effects in addition to those of its constituent inositol and niacin fractions, without causing the characteristic niacin flush.2
More facts about Vitamin B3 Niacin
Niacin is a water-soluble nutrient crucial to energy transfer reactions, particularly the ones that help your body metabolize glucose (sugar), fat and alcohol.3,4 Niacin also helps metabolize the foods you eat and, like many B vitamins, promotes healthy cellular energy production.
Health benefits of B3 niacin
Cholesterol—Niacin has beneficial effects on blood lipids, helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within normal range.5,6
Cellular energy—Vitamin B coenzymes (such as niacin) are crucial to the metabolic pathways that generate cellular energy.4
Metabolism—Vitamin B3 is required for the body to utilize dietary fats and carbohydrates and to metabolize alcohol.3,4