Niacin Origins

Of all the disinformation out there, probably the most skillfully done is the origins of niacin. That is the B vitamin known as B3. Niacin is Nicotinic Acid or nicotine.

The benefit of nicotinic acid is essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Without nicotinic acid, our food isn’t processed properly and we don’t get the vitamins we need. Worst case scenario equals death at an early age. And everyone knows that taking B vitamins makes you feel good. Ever wonder why smokers like to smoke? This may be your first clue…

There are 8 different listings for Niacin in the Dictionary:

American Heritage DictionaryCite This SourceShare This ni·a·cin

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A white crystalline acid, C5H4NCOOH, that is a component of the vitamin B complex found in meat, wheat germ, dairy products, and yeast and is used to treat and prevent pellagra.

Also called nicotinic acid.

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“pellagra-preventing vitamin in enriched bread,” 1942, coined from ni(cotinic) ac(id) + -in, chemical suffix; suggested by the merican Medical Association as a more commercially viable name than nicotinic acid.
“The new name was found to be necessary because some anti-tobacco groups warned against enriched bread because it would foster the cigarette habit.” [“Cooperative Consumer,” Feb. 28, 1942]

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a B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract
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The American Heritage Science DictionaryCite This SourceShare This

niacin Audio Help (nī’ə-sĭn) Pronunciation Key
A water-soluble organic acid belonging to the vitamin B complex that is important in carbohydrate metabolism. It is a pyridine derivative and is a precursor of the coenzyme NAD. Niacin is found in liver, fish, and whole-grain foods. Deficiency of niacin in the diet causes pellagra. Also called nicotinic acid. Chemical formula: C6H5NO2.
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American Heritage Stedman’s Medical DictionaryCite This SourceShare Thisni·a·cin (n-sn)
n.A crystalline acid that is a component of the vitamin B complex and is used to treat and prevent pellagra. Also called nicotinic acid.The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

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Merriam-Webster’s Medical DictionaryCite This SourceShare This Main Entry: ni·a·cin
Pronunciation: 'nI-&-s&n
Function: noun
: a crystalline acid C6H5NO2 that is a member of the vitamin B complex occurring usually in the form of a complex of niacinamide in various animal and plant parts (as blood, liver, yeast, bran, and legumes) and is effective in preventing and treating human pellagra and blacktongue of dogs called also nicotinic acid
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On-line Medical DictionaryCite This SourceShare Thisniacinniacin: in CancerWEB’s On-line Medical Dictionary

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Niacin is of major benefit to the body and needed for all kinds of systems to function properly. But, as one definition pointed out, they didn’t want you to associate it with smoking and so they changed the name from nicotinic acid to niacin.

Niacin is a member of the B-vitamin family. It is sometimes referred to as vitamin B3. Nicotinic acid was first discovered as an oxidation product of nicotine and thus, the origin of its name. In fact, much of the confusion caused by the use of the term niacin for both nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, as well as for nicotinic acid alone, was created by the attempt to dissociate nicotinic acid from its nicotine origins. Niacin, via its metabolites, is involved in a wide range of biological processes, including the production of energy, the synthesis of fatty acids, cholesterol and steroids, signal transduction, the regulation of gene expression and the maintenance of genomic integrity. Nicotinic acid, in pharmacological doses, is used as an antihyperlipidemic agent.

The easiest and most efficient way of oxidizing nicotinic acid is to burn it, hence, smoking is a great way to get your vitamin B3. Knowing the benefits of this “vitamin” it is easy to see why smokers enjoy smoking so much and anti-tobacco is so intent on you not knowing its origins. However, the benefits of the vitamin do not explain why smokers smoke. It only suggests why they enjoy it.

The present review is a critical analysis of the concepts behind and the empirical data supporting the view that tobacco use represents an addiction to nicotine. It deals with general aspects of the notion of addiction, while concentrating on
specific problems associated with incorporating nicotine into current frameworks. The notion of addiction suffers fromunprecedented definitional difficulties. The definitions offered by various authorities are very different, even contradictory. Definitions that reasonably include nicotine are so broad and vague that they allow many trivial things, such as salt, sugar, and watching television, to be considered addictive. Definitions that exclude the trivia also exclude nicotine. The addiction hypothesis, in general, is strongly shaped by views that certain drugs bring about a molecular level subversion of rationality. The main human evidence for this is verbal reports of smokers who say that they can’t quit. On the other hand, the existence of many millions of successful quitters suggests that most people can quit. Some smokers don’t quit, but
whether they can’t is another matter. The addiction hypothesis would be greatly strengthened by the demonstration that any drug of abuse produces special changes in the brain. It has yet to be shown that any drug produces changes in the brain different from those produced by many innocuous substances and events. The effects of nicotine on the brain are similar to those of sugar, salt, exercise, and other harmless substances and events. Apart from numerous conceptual and definitional inadequacies with the addiction concept in general, the notion that nicotine is addictive lacks reasonable empirical support. Nicotine does not have the properties of reference drugs of abuse. There are so many findings that conflict so starkly with the view that nicotine is addictive that it increasingly appears that adhering to the nicotine addiction thesis is only defensible on extra-scientific grounds.

Are you starting to see the lies here or, more accurately, disinformation? If it is ok to take a vitamin, but not ok to smoke because of nicotine, yet vitamin niacin is nicotine, what then are we to believe from the experts??? It is a puzzle. The whole premise of the anti-tobacco industry is that smoking kills. They give fantastic numbers of deaths due to smoking, AND SMOKING RELATED DEATHS, however, are these real numbers?

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) — The world has not done enough to carry out necessary anti-smoking measures to prevent tens of millions of premature deaths, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said in a new report released Thursday.

In the 20th century, the tobacco epidemic killed 100 million people worldwide and unless urgent action is taken, it could kill one billion during the 21st century, with currently 5.4 million deaths every year, according to the report.

Now, I just have to say here that I cannot give any credit to the numbers in this article. First of all, how do you define “premature death?” One of the favorite sayings of the anti-smoking groups is they want to end premature deaths due to smoking. From my point of view, if you are born you will die. So if you want to ban death, even premature death, ban birth first. That is the only reasonable answer to banning death whether it be premature or otherwise. Also, who is to say what premature actually means? What if God has ordained it “your time?” Are you going to argue with God? I don’t think so… Other than that, the data given by the WHO is filled with inaccuracies. They contribute ANY death where the person smoked, or was around a smoker, to smoking related death. Almost every mortuary now asks if the person was a smoker…

Considering that smokers are living into their 80s, 90s and even 100s, there is something wrong with the data here. AND considering the data on niacin alone, the data for the WHO is, to say the least, false and Junk science at its worst. They never give a list of names associated with the numbers, so no one is able to check their data. Clue one it is manufactured. Clue two, second hand smoke kills quicker than smoking does. HUH? Excuse me here, but how can someone breathing in second hand smoke die faster than the person sucking on the cigarette? Call me stupid, but they are getting a much smaller dose of the “drugs” than the smoker, so how come they are dying from it sooner than the smoker?

Then you have to consider that ‘baby-boomers’ were born at a time that smoking was prevalent and everywhere; so how do you explain millions upon millions of people surviving 24/7/365 exposure to SHS (second hand smoke)? It doesn’t add up! Conclusion…Anti-tobacco is not about smoking, but about controlling your choices.

Famous Smokers include but are not limited to:

Albert Einstein, probably the world’s greatest ever scientist was a smoker and died at age 76.

Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, phonograph etc died at age 84.

Edwin Hubble (1889 – 1953)

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during WW2 died at age 91.

Sophia Loren is still alive and age 74

Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998 ) 83 years old.

Abuelo del Mundo’ (Grandfather of the World) Joan Riudavets Moll, a lifelong smoker who died aged 114 in 2004

Jeanne Calment, the world’s oldest ever person who died aged 122, only quit smoking aged 117.

Alfred Hitchcock was 81 when he died…

Bette Davis was 81 when she died.

Sammy Davis Jr was only 65 when he died.

Buster Martin, 101 and in training for a marathon… still kicking up his heels

From THE WORLDS HEALTHIEST FOODS we have this article:

What factors might contribute to a deficiency of vitamin B3?

Intestinal problems, including chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel disease can all trigger vitamin B3 deficiency. Because part of the body’s B3 supply comes from conversion of the amino acid tryptophan, deficiency of tryptophan can also increase risk of vitamin B3 deficiency. (Tryptophan deficiency is likely to occur in individuals with poor overall protein intake.) Physical trauma, all types of stress, long-term fever, and excessive consumption of alcohol have also been associated with increased risk of niacin deficiency.

What health conditions require special emphasis on vitamin B3?

Vitamin B3 may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

  • Alzhiemer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline (August 23, 2004)
  • Cataracts
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Insomnia
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Menstrual pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pellagra
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Smelling disorders
  • Taste disorders
  • Vertigo

Niacin Protects against Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-related Cognitive Decline

This is a must read article for anyone who is interested in good health. Not because I’m talking about niacin either, but for the information contained in the article. This source is a total non-profit agency which accepts NO funding from any sources and no commercial sources either. It is unbiased and only reports the facts, thank you very much…

So, take the information out there with a grain a salt, knowing that those who want you to believe them will do whatever it takes to convince you they are right and you don’t know shit. Big pharma wants you to buy their vitamins, the WHO wants you to stop smoking, anti-tobacco groups will tell you whatever they have to to get you to believe them, and even the surgeon general lies. Just read the conclusions on his report, not the whole report, just the conclusions…

So the next time a non/anti-smoker makes a remark about or to a smoker, just tell them you are getting your vitamin B3 and point out to them that at least yours is natural! LOL

The truth is out there…


~ by justmytruth on April 20, 2008.

6 Responses to “Niacin Origins”

  1. its called called niacin for a reason its so people dont think its nicotine or that cigarettes have vitamins thats a joke ha. its not to hide its origins or whatever its because its a completely different chemical than nicotine but the two names being similar is confusing and the name is made from the ni in nicotinic, the ac from acid, and the in from vitamin. also people die faster from second hand smoke because they are actually breathing the smoke in vs. some one who is smoking that inhales it and blows it right out

  2. You are actually trying to tell me that someone who breathes in second hand smoke dies faster than someone taking smoke directly into their lungs? So what about baby boomers? Most of us grew up with smoking parents and we are about to bankrupt the SSA because there are so many of us. Is this the super logic of the anti-smoker or what? There have been zero deaths due to second hand smoke. The surgeon general LIED! Read just the conclusions to his report and you will see for yourself. 90% of those conclusions say there is either insufficient evidence to support him or the evidence pointed to the exact opposite direction.

    You are proof positive that not smoking leads to stupidity. No wonder they want everyone to quit or never start.

    Besides, it is now FDA approved. If anything, we need a lot more smokers since we are the ones paying for everyone else’ healthcare. It’s for the kids ya know.

  3. “those of us who smoke LIKE TO SMOKE! It is the smoke going into our lungs that we enjoy. Can’t get that from popping a pill.”

    I think that just about covers it, but Nanny knows best so you can’t be allowed to make your own decisions about such things.

    I enjoy smoking and derive at least as much pleasure from it as Nanny does in trying to convince me that I shouldn’t be doing it at all. The difference is that Nanny will solicit the government to coerce me into giving it up when I refuse to take Nanny seriously. It’s not enough that Nanny is apparently unhappy with their own bland existence, they want me to suffer right along side them. It must be terrible to be afraid of everything.

  4. As you say, those of us who smoke, LIKE IT! I will not give up my cigarettes just because some anti-smoker has been programmed by Nanny. And it is programming. They cannot think for themselves, these anti-smokers, if they could they would see how they have been lied to, manipulated, and turned into cattle for big pharma to feed on. Smokers have lots of time to contemplate the real problems, being segregated from the main population. What bothers me most though are the hate crimes that anti-smokers are turning to because they can’t beat us with the facts.

    Thanks for stopping by… A die-hard smoker

  5. Good comment, however, nicotinic acid CAN be converted from smoking a cigarette. I have many more links I could have added but the article was getting too long and what needed to be said was already said.

    As with most non-smokers, you just don’t get it, those of us who smoke LIKE TO SMOKE! It is the smoke going into our lungs that we enjoy. Can’t get that from popping a pill.

    If you only researched just how much DIS-INFORMATION was in the medical field right now, maybe you would understand you’ve been fed a bunch of lies. Big Pharma wants to make money on pharmaceutical nicotine patches. Can’t do that if you have smokers. Nope, what they are really out for is outright prohibition!

    As I watch the lies about statins, bone meds, obesity and all the other shit they are pushing, all I can think of is here comes the Nanny police. Just wait till they latch onto one of your vices. Then we’ll see whose laughing…

  6. It seems the central point is misleading. Niacin being good for you is all the more reason why nicotine is bad in their relationship to each other. Burning tobacco doesn’t convert the nicotine to nicotinic acid, that is not an automatic “oxidation” like in a chemical process.

    It is absorbed as nicotine still which not only does not serve as a source of B3 but actually replaces it in negative ways.

    Nicotine is known to fit the definitions of a highly addictive stimulant, though the more immediate negative effects of tobacco may be the other chemicals and the pyschological pleasure-reward centers triggered in the brain in conjunction with the adrenaline rush that comes from such a rapidly absorbed stimulant.

    Smoking is really bad for health even if a few people managed to live a fairly long time. Remember, lots of famous people with plenty of money can get better medical care, tended to have easier lives too but what was their quality of life like towards the end?

    Certainly there are many things that can cut a life short, but smoking shouldn’t be one of them. Take a niacin pill if you think that’s all there is to it and skip the concktail of carcinogens and lack of ability to breath well anymore because of lungs full of tar.

    The worst thing about smoking may be that it takes away a person’s vigor a little bit at a time so it’s not so noticable until it’s progressed quite a bit. If a smoker could just flip a light switch and feel the difference between having smoked for years or having never done it, nobody would ever start.

    Is there some kind of conspiracy among medical professionals, pharmaceutical or big tobacco companies? Probably, that’s how it works with multi billion dollars on the line but that doesn’t make everything, all the negative PR about tobacco untrue either. People won’t shrivel up and die immediately from it but nor do they from a lot of things that take their toll in overall health which effects many different decisions made in life.

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