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  1. You should know that it's possible you could be damaging your liver even at the 500 mg/day dose, and the slow-release forms are apparently even more likely to cause damage. You really shouldn't be taking that much niacin without a doctor's supervision and some regular blood tests. If you want to improve your skin, but you don't care about lowering cholesterol, I recommend you switch from taking niacin (aka niacinic acid, nicotinic acid, inositol hexaniacinate) to taking niacinamide (aka nicoti
  2. ...in part because it terminates radical chain reactions, unlike most biological antioxidants. When BHT reacts, it's done and out of play. When vitamin E reacts, the tocopherol radical formed is much more stable than whatever it reacted with, but the tocopherol radical can continue to react. Under certain circumstances, vitamin E acts as a pro-oxidant. Not that that's relevant to acne unless you want to mix some BHT into your moisturizer or something...
  3. When the general public has this level of understanding of science, it's no wonder that there's a ban on federal funding of human stem cell research.
  4. Keep in mind that retinoids are fat-soluble, so they'll be partitioning into your fat tissue, rather than hanging out in the bloodstream. I haven't yet found any research that specifically answers your question, but I did find one study that administered huge acute doses of retinol to patients with malaria and followed the pharmacokinetics. These people all had very low initial serum levels of retinol, and we can only guess whether they metabolized it the same way that healthy people do. That
  5. I made my own B3/niacinamide/nicotinamide gel, even though I couldn't find any pure nicotinamide at the health food store. I'm an amateur chemist, so that's not a problem. The stuff I bought is Vitamin Shoppe brand, and contains niacinamide and magnesium stearate inside gelatin capsules. The magnesium stearate is included as a flowing agent, which is why it's also included in stuff like baby powder. It's perfectly harmless, but maybe you don't want it on your skin anyway, which is cool. Her