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Niacin Vs. Niacinamide

Posted by Reader (Anon) on 08/03/2012

What do you use niacinamide or niacin?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Much of my use of Vitamin B3 has been niacinamide and never niacin. So if older postings say is niacin, it was probably altered or some unknown reason. I only use niacinamide. B3 is required in larger amounts in human nutrition and you can actually find that B3 niacinamide takes the largest portion of all the B vitamins, such as B1, B2, B5, etc. You can prove to yourself by going to the US Nutritional database on liver and breakdown, yet for some reason our present society has downplayed B3 to equal import. It is one of the most important supplements I use for sleep (as well as B12 at 1000 mcg), bipolar disorders, mental disorders (also used by Canadian Dr. Hoffer in treatment of cancer too). There is a popular notion that niacin reduces cholesterol, but I doubt it, it actually does that by changing the location of cholesterol from the arteries and vein and go to the liver to cause a fatty liver, in fact niacin you can end up with a liver problem. So basically it didn't get cholesterol lower, it basically goes to the liver! This is why I don't recommend it.

Replied by Faith
Cincinnati, Ohio

Use BOTH, niacin and a b complex which will contain niacinamide. Also eat foods high in niacin... SALMON.... ORGANIC CHICKEN... PEANUT BUTTER....