June 2017 Issue

To B or Not to B: Getting to Know Niacin

This hard-working vitamin may also be used as a cholesterol-lowering treatment.

Niacin (a.k.a. nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and vitamin B3) is a member of the family of B vitamins, which also includes vitamins B12 and B6, riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and thiamin. Niacin, like a lot of its B brothers, is essential for converting carbohydrates into fuel and for producing critical hormones in the body.

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