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