Nicotinic Acid

Nicotinic acid fact sheet, FAQ and product listing page. This page contains everything you need to know about nicotinic acid. You can find products containing Nicotinic acid at the bottom of the page.


Quick jump to the sub-sections on this page:

  1. What is nicotinic acid?
  2. What foods contain nicotinic acid?
  3. What does nicotinic acid do?
  4. What is the suggested daily intake of nicotinic acid?
  5. Who can benefit from nicotinic acid supplements?
  6. Does nicotinic acid have side effects?
  7. Common questions about nicotinic acid.
  8. Nicotinic acid product listing.

What is nicotinic acid?

Nicotinic acid is a B-vitamin that belongs to the vitamin sub-class known as Niacin (Vitamin B3). It's one of two niacin precursors and is known as niaicinimide, 3-pyridinecarboxylic acid, pyridine-beta-carboxylic acid, antipellagra vitamin and pellagra preventative factor.

Nicotinic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that is very poorly absorbed by the body. As such, it needs to be supplemented at regular intervals throughout the day to achieve maximum benefit.

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What foods contain nicotinic acid?

Good sources of nicotinic acid (niacin) include yeast, poultry, meat, red fishes (such as tuna and salmon), cereals, seeds, and legumes. Other items that contain some nicotinic acid include milk, leafy vegetables, coffee, and tea.

Food Serving Niacin (mg)
Chicken (light meat) 3 ounces (cooked without skin) 7.3
Turkey (light meat) 3 ounces (cooked without skin) 5.8
Beef (lean) 3 ounces (cooked) 3.1
Salmon (chinook) 3 ounces (cooked) 8.5
Tuna (light, packed in water) 3 ounces 11.3
Bread (whole wheat) 1 slice 1.3
Cereal (unfortified) 1 cup 5-7
Cereal (fortified) 1 cup 20-27
Pasta (enriched) 1 cup (cooked) 2.3
Peanuts 1 ounce (dry roasted) 3.8
Lentils 1 cup (cooked) 2.1
Lima beans 1 cup (cooked) 1.8
Coffee (brewed) 1 cup 0.5

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What does nicotinic acid do?

Nicotinic acid helps your body digest foods and helps you create energy from carbohydrates, fat, and proteins. It's a very popular over the counter weight loss and weight control popular.

As an ATP catalyst, nicotinic acid creates an extraordinary amount of muscular energy. Nicotinic acid is also a vasodilator, which means it relaxes the smooth muscle in blood vessels, causing them to dialate. This leads to a decrease in blood pressure.

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What is the suggested daily intake for nicotinic acid?

Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for Niacin [2]
Age Group UL (mg/day)
Infants 0-12 months Intake from food/formula only
Children 1-3 years 10
Children 4-8 years 15
Children 9-13 years 20
Adolescents 14-18 years 30
Adults 19 years and older 35

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Who can benefit from using nicotinic acid supplements?

Anybody who needs a little extra energy during the day. As nicotinic acid turns carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy, you should fill less full and more active. Of course, this is especially beneficial for bodybuilders, athletes and those that are physically active.

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Does nicotinic acid have any side effects?

There can be if you're on certain medications already. Don't take Nicotinic acid if you're on alpha 1 blockers, taking alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, or any drugs that lower your blood glucose levels. You also shouldn't take nicotinic acid if you're pregnant, diabetic, have liver complications, or are taking hypersensitives.

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Nicotinic acid - Common Questions:

  • What are some signs of deficiency?
    Typical signs of nicotinic acid deficiency involve the skin, digestive and nervous system. If you're body isn't getting enough, there are serious health problems: dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia, and death, commonly referred to as the four Ds. Your skin will begin to develop a thick, dark pigmented rash in sunlight exposed areas. Problems in the digestive system can include vomiting, a bright red tongue, and diarrhea. Neurological symptoms include headache, fatigue, memory loss, and disorientation.
  • What are signs of a nicotinic acid overdose?
    You should watch out for itching, nausea, and vomiting. If you have any of these symptoms while taking nicotinic acid, you should seek medical treatment.
  • Is Nicotinic acid OK for vegetarians?
    Yes, if you're okay with the consumption of an item that is derived from dairy products.

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