Methyl Nicotinate and Benzyl Nicotinate
Chemical Formula: C7H7NO2, and
Niacin methyl ester
3-Pyridinecarboxylic acid, methyl ester
White crystalline powder, and yellow liquid
The B vitamin Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid. The body converts
various forms of the vitamin, into forms it can use.
The methyl ester and benzyl ester forms can be used as a rubefacient
(a vasodilator, opening up capillaries, which as a side effect, makes the
skin redden, hence the name), and to reduce plasma cholesterol.
Of course, as a vitamin, Niacin aleviates pellagra, the disease
caused by the lack of this vitamin.
methyl nicotinate: InChI=1/C7H7NO2/c1-10-7(9)6-3-2-4-8-5-6/h2-5H,1H3
benzyl nicotinate: InChI=1/C13H11NO2/c15-13(12-7-4-8-14-9-12)16-10-11-5-2-1-3-6-11/h1-9H,10H2
By Simon Quellen Field