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Shelly Albaum

Editor, Science of NAD

Important Disclosures

1. This is my personal website

All opinions are my own. Nobody writes here but me.

2. Supplements Are Not Medicines

Health Supplements like nicotinamide riboside are not intended to cure or treat any disease, condition, or illness.

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I am a lawyer and a journalist, not a doctor, and I offer no medical advice. But I do follow the science, and I can bring to your attention

some interesting studies. You can read more about me here. And check with your physician -- your physician can look at this research, too.

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Can Niacin Boost NAD Levels?

Niacin is the first form of Vitamin B3. It works sometimes, but not always, and there are issues...

Niacin - Vitamin B3

PROs: Niacin is inexpensive, easily available, good in some cell types

CONs: Niacin causes uncomfortable flushing, is toxic at higher doses, and cannot do much for some cell types, like neurons, or for some situations, like coronavirus infection.

Although Niacin may be the least expensive and most easily available of the NAD precursors, it might do the least for you. First, you may already be getting moderate amounts in your diet anyway. Second, you can't take large amounts without risking multiple types of toxicity. Third, it may not be available at the times and places when you need it most, like your brain and during a viral infection.

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