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Does Niagen Help With Anti-Aging?

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Does nicotinamide riboside (as in Niagen and Basis) really have anti-aging or other health benefits?

Answer:
Nicotinamide riboside (sold as Niagen and Niacel) is a form of vitamin B3 (niacin) that has been promoted as having anti-aging effects, such as increasing energy, improving cognitive function, and improving cholesterol levels -- without causing flushing. However, the evidence for these uses appears to be very preliminary, as discussed in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review.

Like supplements containing Niagen and Niacel, the supplement Basis (Elysium Health) includes 250 mg of nicotinamide riboside per recommended daily serving (typically two capsules) but also contains 50 mg of pterostilbene. Details about a clinical study investigating the effects of this supplement can also found in the "Niacin" section of the B Vitamin Supplements Review >>

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Michael 6889   July 31, 2015
Which inositol products are best?

ConsumerLab.com   July 31, 2015
Hi Michael - Please see our tests of B complex supplements which contain inositol (you will see inositol listed within the second column of the results table): https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/bvitamins/#results. We have not tested inositol-only supplements.

This CL Answer initially posted on 7/29/2015. Last updated 8/3/2017.

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