Niacin

For happy, healthy arteries

Why we need it

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, promotes healthy blood circulation and suppresses inflammation1,2,3,4.* Like all other B complex vitamins, niacin also helps the body convert food into energy in the form of glucose and utilize fats and proteins. They are essential for a healthy nervous system and healthy skin, eyes, and hair. *

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How much do I need?

The current recommended daily intake (RDI) for niacin is:

  • Infants, 6 months: 2 mg
  • Infants, 7 months to 1 year: 4 mg
  • Children, 1 to 3 years: 6 mg
  • Children, 4 to 8 years: 8 mg
  • Children, 9 to 13 years: 12 mg
  • Men, 14 to 18 years: 16 mg
  • Women, 14 to 18 years: 14 mg
  • Men, 19 years and older: 16 mg
  • Women, 19 years and older: 14 mg
  • Pregnant women: 18 mg
  • Breastfeeding women: 17 mg

Why we include it

Although a niacin deficiency is rare in the U.S., it’s an important vitamin so we’ve included it in our Women’s and Men’s Complete multivitamins to ensure you’re getting adequate levels of this nutrient. Since all B complex vitamins are water-soluble, your body will simply eliminate any it doesn’t use.

Where can I get it?

  • Tuna – 4 oz., 25.03 mg
  • Chicken – 4 oz., 15.55 mg
  • Turkey – 4 oz., 13.32 mg
  • Salmon – 4 oz., 9.02 mg
  • Beef – 1 cup, 1.95 mg
  • Tomatoes – 1 cup, 1.07 mg
  • Peanuts – 3.20 oz., 4.76 mg
  • Sweet Potato – 1 cup, 2.97 mg
  • Carrots – 1 cup, 1.20 mg
  • Asparagus – 1 cup, 1.95 mg
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  1. AIM-HIGH Investigators. The role of niacin in raising high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to reduce cardiovascular events in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and optimally treated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol Rationale and study design. The Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic syndrome with low HDL/high triglycerides: Impact on Global Health outcomes (AIM-HIGH). Am Heart J. 2011 Mar;161(3):471-477.e2.
  2. Brown BG, Zhao XQ, Chalt A, et al. Simvastatin and niacin, antioxidant vitamins, or the combination for the prevention of coronary disease. N Engl J Med. 2001;345(22):1583-1592.
  3. Guyton JR. Niacin in cardiovascular prevention: mechanisms, efficacy, and safety. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2007 Aug;18(4):415-420.
  4. Zhang XM, Jing YP, Jia MY, Zhang L. Negative transcriptional regulation of inflammatory genes by group B3 vitamin nicotinamide. Mol Biol Rep. 2012;39(12):1036-1071.
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