February 13, 2016

Inositol Nicotinate

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How does Inositol Nicotinate work?

Inositol nicotinate can widen blood vessels, lower blood levels of fats such as cholesterol, and break up a protein needed for the clotting of blood. 

Are there safety concerns?

Inositol nicotinate seems to be safe for most people. It can cause some side effects such as stomach upset, headache, nausea, burping, and hiccups. It might also cause liver damage like other niacin products in some people.

Some inositol nicotinate products are promoted as "no-flush" niacin because some people think they don't cause as much flushing as regular niacin. But this potential benefit has not been proven in studies.

Do not use inositol nicotinate if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have allergies.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You have coronary (heart) artery disease.
  • You have chest pain (angina).
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have gallbladder disorders.
  • You have gout.
  • You have low blood pressure (hypotension).
  • You have kidney disorders.
  • You are allergic to niacin.
  • You have a disorder causing ulcers in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer disease).

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