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"Inositol Hexanicotinate as a safe alternative to Niacin"
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About Niacin:


Niacin, which is also known as nicotinic acid has been in the limelight particularly because of it s side effects. This is despite of the fact that niacin is a potent cholesterol lowering agent as well as having other health benefits upon the body.

Overall, the body can make niacin by converting the amino acid tryptophan. About half of the niacin supplied by the average diet may come from the body's processing of tryptophan.

From a biochemical point of view, Niacin releases energy from carbohydrate foods and is involved in controlling blood sugar, skin health, maintaining the nervous and digestive systems, and as a preventative to heart attack, atherosclerosis and progression of type 1 diabetes.


Large doses of niacin/nicotinic acid can also be used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides by raising HDL (good cholesterol). Niacin seems to have an anti-inflammatory effect with potential benefits with regards to arthritis. Niacin is also a potent antioxidant, explaining it's benefits in a wide range of conditions.

As a result of it's side effects, which include stomach upset, headache, flushing, itching and possible liver problems when taken in to high doses over extended periods of, niacin has been restricted in Australia unless under  medical supervision.


Niacin Alternatives:


Though not all is lost! Inositol Hexanicotinate (IHN), a form of niacin that is free of side effects is now available in Australia being produced and sold in Queensland by MD Nutritionals under name of Niacinol Forte. Due to its biochemical structure IHN gradually releases a sustained form of nicotinic acid into the system, thereby avoiding the unpleasant skin flush reaction and gastrointestinal symptoms seen with conventional nicotinic acid therapy.

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