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Niacin Flush: Heart-Healthy Treatment or Hazardous Health Risk?

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

What Is a Niacin Flush?

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What is niacin? Niacin or vitamin B3 is an essential vitamin we should all be getting in our diets on a daily basis. Vitamin B3 is one of eight B vitamins. This B3 vitamin is also commonly known as as niacin or nicotinic acid. There are also two other forms of the vitamin, niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate, but these versions have different effects from niacin. To read the full article click on Dr. Axe's Blog.

Possible Niacin Flush Benefits

  1. Helps Decrease LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides

  2. Can Increase Good Cholesterol

  3. Aids in Reducing Hardening of the Arteries

  4. Detoxes the Body

  5. Aids Weight Loss

  6. Helps Treat Pellegra

A niacin flush as well as niacin supplementation is often not recommended for anyone with the following conditions:

  • Active kidney disease

  • Active liver disease

  • Active stomach ulcer

  • Alcoholism

  • Blood clotting disorders, such as hemophilia

  • Glaucoma

  • Gout

  • Low blood pressure

  • Oversensitivity to niacin

  • Type 2 diabetes with uncontrolled blood sugar levels (since niacin can increase blood sugar levels)

Check out more articles on vitamins and supplements on Dr. Axe's Blog.

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