Niacin Flush: Heart-Healthy Treatment or Hazardous Health Risk?
Updated: Sep 2, 2021
What Is a Niacin Flush?
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
Helps Decrease LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Can Increase Good Cholesterol
Aids in Reducing Hardening of the Arteries
Detoxes the Body
Aids Weight Loss
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
Blood clotting disorders, such as hemophilia
Low blood pressure
Oversensitivity to niacin
Type 2 diabetes with uncontrolled blood sugar levels (since niacin can increase blood sugar levels)