The company called ChromaDex Corporation, an innovator of nutritional and health ingredients, announced that an independent scientific panel of experts determined that NIAGEN , a patented formula of Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS).
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements.
It is a very strong testimony that Nicotinamide Riboside supplementation is safe without side effect. It should be noted here that the GRAS status was only given to Chromadex’s commercially available form of nicotinamide riboside (NR) called Niagen. This formula is protected by five patents issued and several pending and so far it appears this is the only NR form that is known to be commercially available. Hence when buying NR it seems prudent to ensure oneself of the source to avoid buying false formula’s.
Frank Jaksch Jr., founder and CEO of ChromaDex, commented, “Receiving GRAS status immediately allows NIAGEN to be included as an ingredient in both food and beverages –applications that we believe presents a very substantial opportunity for ChromaDex. Coupled with the recent NDI status, we believe the stage is set for widespread commercialization of NIAGEN as an innovative and compelling ingredient across a myriad of consumer products.”
You can find the press release here.