Many people who take niacin experience the niacin flush, but it’s not something to worry about!
What is Niacin?
Niacin is a B vitamin (B3) that helps with cell signaling, metabolism, DNA production, and repair. Learn more about B vitamins in our “Vibing with B Vitamins” blog post.
Why do I need
Niacin is shown to treat high cholesterol, a cause of heart disease. Niacin increases HDL, your “good” cholesterol, and lowers LDL, your “bad” cholesterol.
B vitamins also play a role in many functions of our bodies. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be vitamin B deficient:
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Intestinal problems
- Mood changes
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling in feet and hands
- Poor memory
- Soreness in mouth or tongue
Taking niacin may help alleviate some of these symptoms.
What is the Niacin flush?
The niacin flush is a common side effect of taking niacin supplements. It may be uncomfortable, but it’s completely harmless.
This flush appears as red on your skin. You might feel an itching or burning sensation, but it should go away relatively quickly.
Consuming niacin supplements triggers a response that causes your capillaries to expand, increasing blood flow to the surface of your skin, resulting in a flush.
If the flush bothers you, you can try consuming niacin along with a snack to possibly prevent it.
Is Niacin safe?
Yes! very high doses of niacin, only found in prescription niacin, might cause some side effects, such as:
- Severe skin flushing combined with dizziness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
Again, these side effects can only occur in high doses of prescription niacin. You shouldn’t experience these effects in a typical dose found in a supplement or in any food.
Most people do not need prescription level doses of niacin.
The recommended daily amount for adult men is 16 milligrams. For women, it’s 14 milligrams.
Where can I find Niacin?
Food sources of niacin include green vegetables, fish, legumes, and beans. If you’re eating enough healthy foods, it should be relatively easy to get enough niacin through your diet.
However, there are groups of people that may not consume enough niacin through their diet alone, especially vegans and vegetarians.
If you’re niacin deficient, taking a supplement could help. Many multi-vitamins and health supplements include niacin. Our supplement, [Vibe] includes niacin as well as several other beneficial B vitamins to ensure optimal well-being.
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Jennings, K. (2017, February 9). Is Niacin Flush Harmful? Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/niacin-flush
Mayo Clinic Staff. (2017, October 24). Niacin. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-niacin/art-20364984