How Niacin Max Works
Niacin Max is a new sports and training supplement that’s making big waves in the supplement market. It’s unique because the delivery system is a bit different. Rather than consisting of capsules or pills that you swallow, Niacin Max consists of dissolving strips that you place in your mouth. They dissolve right there, and are absorbed into the bloodstream within a matter of minutes.
But why would the company choose this delivery method for their supplement?
In this article, we’re going to discuss the most unique feature of the product – its delivery method – and we are going to explore exactly how it works and whether or not it is legitimately better than a capsule delivery system.
The basics – How Niacin Max Works
The basics behind the delivery method for Niacin Max are pretty simple. The dissolving strip is supposed to help you get more nutrients than you would if you were to take the same thing in capsule form.
Here’s a quote on the official website that explains what the company actually says about this…
“Other supplements have to pass through your stomach before entering your bloodstream, which significantly reduces their bioavailability. They get degraded by your stomach acids, take longer to work, and can cause side effects.”
But is this entirely true?
We took it upon ourselves to study capsules, pills, and the bioavailability of each to determine whether or not the dissolving tongue strips actually create an advantage… and here is what we found.
First of all, we found that the effect of taking a capsule or a pill can be different in different people, as there are a lot of factors and variables to consider in each individual case.
This is a fairly complicated thing to look into – but here are the basics of what we found.
On a website called merckmanuals.com, we found the following statement in an article on the topic of drug absorption…
“If a tablet releases the drug too quickly, the blood level of the drug may become too high, causing an excessive response. If the tablet does not release the drug quickly enough, much of the drug may be eliminated in the feces without being absorbed, and blood levels may be too low…”
Obviously, there’s more to it than just this quote, and we would recommend that you check out the article for more information – but the fact that tablets can be affected by the speed at which the drugs are released confirm that they don’t always have the same bioavailability for every person – and that seems to be the problem that NiacinMax is attempting to solve with their tongue-dissolving strips.
Are tongue dissolving strips really going to solve a problem?
We found a rather interesting article that was published online on the official NCBI website (the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health), titled ‘Orally dissolving strips: A new approach to oral drug delivery system’.
This was a very good paper that did a great job of explaining the benefits of oral fast dissolving strips. In the end, we found that oral strips, according to this article, generally have the following advantages over other delivery methods…
- The dose accuracy of the method is comparable to that of syrup
- They’re easier for some people to use
- They are convenient
- No water is required
- There is no risk of choking
- The taste is generally better
- They are more stable
- They allow drugs to enter systematic circulation with reduced hepatic first pass effect
- They can provide local action and are site specific
- The large surface area contributes to a more rapid disintegration and dissolution
The official Niacin Max website seems to focus a lot on the subject of the stomach’s ability to reduce the bioavailability of the supplement in-question. But surprisingly, this was somewhat difficult to confirm or deny on an absolute-basis, because the science surrounding this issue is quite complex.
We did, however, find this quote in the above-mentioned paper, and it seems to lend some information that is pertinent to this topic…
“It is interesting to note that the permeability of buccal mucosa (inner lining of the cheeks) is approximately 4-4,000 times greater than that of the skin, but less than that of the intestine. Hence, the buccal delivery serves as an excellent platform for absorption of molecules that have poor dermal penetration.”
This indicates, basically, that mouth strips would tend to work better than, say, skin patches, for molecules that are difficult for the skin to absorb, but doesn’t really deal with the issue of stomach absorption.
Next, we found a very interesting article on prweb.com that deals with the issue of vitamins and stomach acid, titled ‘Liquid Vitamins Are Destroyed by Stomach Acid?’
This article describes the digestive process, and in so doing, basically says that any ingested material that isn’t taken care of by the mechanical digestion process must be taken care of by the chemical digestion process – but that this process is limited to the surface area of ingested material. A pill will have less surface area than a liquid, which is why absorption rates can be less efficient for solid pills than for liquids.
We recommend that you read the articles mentioned above to get a better idea about how all of this works – but on an official note, our findings seem to indicate that NiacinMax is correct about their dissolving strips. This does seem to be a more efficient delivery system… and NiacinMax seems to work better than other supplements because of it.