This vitamin helps transform food into energy in the body and is crucial to metabolize fat and protein. One of its special talents is to help your body deal with physiological stress after injury. You need more B3 at that time. There are some differences in the two forms of the vitamin.
The niacin form of this vitamin can reduce the risk of recurrent heart attack. It lowers your triglycerides and cholesterol and may actually help reverse atherosclerosis. Reduces repeat heart attacks by 29 percent. Has potentially serious side effect-producing irregular rhythm. Because it causes your blood vessels to dilate, too much niacin makes you look and feel flushed. Neither the heart benefits nor the uncomfortable flush happens with the niacinamide form of the vitamin, also known as B3A.
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RDA: Niacin: 18 mg for men 1 mg for women
Optimal Level: Niacinamide 50 mg
Maximum: 250 mg