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see coenzymecoenzyme
, any one of a group of relatively small organic molecules required for the catalytic function of certain enzymes. A coenzyme may either be attached by covalent bonds to a particular enzyme or exist freely in solution, but in either case it participates intimately in
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; vitaminvitamin,
group of organic substances that are required in the diet of humans and animals for normal growth, maintenance of life, and normal reproduction. Vitamins act as catalysts; very often either the vitamins themselves are coenzymes, or they form integral parts of coenzymes.
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Many of those "flush-free" and "laboratory tested" niacin supplements calling out to you from the nutrition aisle contain niacin in the form of inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate or nicotinamide.
Sometimes the term niacin is used to refer to both nicotinic acid and the closely related molecules inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate, or nicotinamide, which can be confusing to people when they peruse the pharmacy shelves for dietary supplement niacin," said Dr.

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