Inositol hexanicotinate is considered as safe to be consumed by most people. It is also known as IP6 (also called phytic acid). But certain side effects are observed such as stomach upset, headache, nausea, burping and liver damage in very few cases. Inositol is considered as no flush niacin meaning it does not cause flushing effects like burning and reddening of skin in most people but those who are extremely sensitive may feel the effects of flushing. Niacin and inositol supplements should never be taken on an empty stomach to avoid side effects. Inositol supplements are avoided for pregnant and lactating mothers to avoid any chances of experiencing side effects. When inositol hexanicotinate is broken down in the stomach it releases histamine which may cause allergies in some people. Therefore it is very important for a person to check if he has any allergies with inositol before starting it as a supplement. Inositol hexanicotinate is also known to slow down blood clotting process thereby increasing the risk of bleeding in case of any injury. Thus if a person is scheduled for any surgery then it is advised to stop taking niacin supplements much prior to surgery date so that blood clothing can take place post surgery. When inositol hexanicotinate is broken down in the body it releases large amount of free niacin which affects heartbeat of a person. He develops an unstable angina which means irregular beating of heart. This condition can be fatal for a person so it is always advisable for him to check with his practitioner before he starts on these supplements. People suffering from gall bladder diseases are to avoid this supplement as niacin released in body worsens gall bladder problems. Niacin also causes low blood pressure when present in large doses and should therefore be taken with caution. Large quantities of niacin when released in body can also increase or make peptic ulcers worsen and hence should be strictly avoided by people suffering from ulcers in stomach or intestines.
Niacin is an important B vitamin which is very effective in fighting against cancer and also prevents diabetes in a person. It plays a major role in body in nerve transmission. It also maintains eye health and skin care.
Dose of niacin supplements should always be consulted with a doctor before a person consumes it. The safe dose which can be taken is between 20 mg-75mgs.The supplement is available in form of a powder. Few people also take doses of powder up to 500 mg but it is advisable to refrain from such high quantities. It is recommended to eat niacin rich foods so that we have an adequate supply of vitamin B3. It is advisable to include in diet the following food items to avail vitamin B3 in our body. The foods rich in niacin are chicken, beef and pork, dairy products, varieties of fish like tuna, salmon and more, beans and legumes, dates and figs, avocados, potatoes and carrots and mushrooms and yeast.