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What Happens When You Take Niacin?

20 – 30 mins – Your blood vessels dilates, a warming sensation spreads across your body, you start to itch and your face flushes. This is known as the ‘niacin flush’, a sign it is working its magic.

30 mins – 1hr – You have this warm glowing sensation that can last for several hours. A bit like the ‘runner’s high’ you get after a gym workout.

Your mood elevates, energy goes up and your brain functions better with more clarity.

1hr+ There are many long term benefits associated with Niacin:

  1. Detox: Combination of niacin, exercise and sauna is a powerful way to detox your body from heavy metals and toxins stored in fat cells.
  2. Energy: Niacin is essential in the production of energy in the body. Deficiency causes tiredness and fatigue. 50 – 500 mg daily will give a natural energy boost.
  3. Arthritis: Studies confirm niacin is better than NSAIDS for arthritis. Moderate arthritis 1,000 to 1,500 mg a day. In more severe cases, as much as 3,000 mg to 4,000 mg have been recommended.
  4. Cholesterol, Triglycerides + Reversing Heart Disease: Recommended 1,000 to 3,000 mg of niacin a day.Niacin lowers cholesterol more effectively than statins in various studies and also lowers triglycerides. It reduces the blood fats called “very low density lipoproteins,” which have been linked to heart disease and cancer. It improves the blood sugar problems that can lead to damage of the arterial walls. It dilates blood vessels, which improves the circulation to areas starved of oxygen and nutrients.
  5. Memory loss: 1,000 mg of niacin taken 3 times a day can improve memory, and correct some senility problems.
  6. Prevents Hair Loss + Balding: Increases blood flow to scalp, important in hair growth and reduces production of DHT linked to balding.
  7. Insomnia: Niacinamide activates benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, which affects sleep. Dosages of 50 mg to 500mg of niacin that is converted into niacinamide in the body taken at bedtime have helped many people sleep better.
  8. Severe Depression & Schizophrenia: The usual dose range is 3,000 to 9,000 milligrams daily divided into three doses, but occasionally some patients may need more.
  9. Cancer: Has the potential to influence DNA repair, genomic stability, and the immune system, eventually having an impact on cancer risk, as well as the side effects of chemotherapy in the cancer patient.
  10. Acne: Many reports show Niacin can get rid of acne at daily doses of 400/500 mg.
  11. Alzheimers: Studies have shown that vitamin B3 niacin can help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other age related brain disorders that result in cognitive decline.

Important Points:

When you first take Niacin, you will most likely get an alarming flushing effect. Do not worry about this, it is just a sign of Niacin working its magic. The flush is due to niacin  that is chemically nicotinic acid creating a dilating effect on your blood vessels.

Try my favorite source of niacin here.

Niacin – The Most Powerful Detox Agent?

L Ron Hubbard was a big advocate of Niacin (Vitamin B3) supplementation during sauna use to enhance the detoxification process. A starting dose of 100mg is ramped up to 1000 – 5000mg towards the end of the program,

In more recent times Dr David Roo and Dr George Yu have used niacin and saunas to help detox war veterans from Agent Orange toxicity and 9/11 fighters from toxic debris.

The way niacin works is by mobilizing fat cells to release toxins into the blood where they can be removed by the body. A dose of around 100mg may cause in most people an effect known as the ‘niacin flush’.

This happens because certain doses of niacin causes your blood vessels to dilate and creates a sensation of warmth. This is a sign the detoxification effect of niacin is at its peak and will be most effective. At higher doses however the flushing effects will actually fade away.

NMN or nicotinamide mononucleotide a precursor to NAD+ that stimulates DNA repair in cells, can mimic the restorative effects of exercise, rejuvenating muscle tissue and other cells. Read more about this here.

The Renegade Pharmacist’s Personal Experience With Niacin

I have to admit I have become a niacinaholic. I love the stuff. Not everyone can handle the flush, but I absolutely love it. The first time I took it, it was a sudden shock to my system and I freaked out a little bit, as do most people.

But after the intense heat faded, a glowing sensation radiated from my body. I had a clear mind, full of energy and felt warm and fuzzy for the next few hours. The next day I followed a sauna detox ritual that I now do religiously.

This is when I realized the true power of niacin. Everything got enhanced. My meditation, my level of clarity, and my level of clarity after the experience.

Niacin is my new best friend. I was compelled to read as much as I could about this miraculous vitamin, and the studies were eye opening.

What concerned me was the fact that there was not a single mention of this extraordinary vitamin during my 4 years training as a pharmacist.

Then when I qualified, I never heard of niacin’s benefits till very recently. After a couple of months of taking niacin regulary I went to get a hair cut.

My favorite hairdresser noticed that my hair had grown back a bit on the back of my head that had been thinning quite a lot over the last few years. I was gobsmacked. I then discovered many high end hair loss treatment centres also use niacin as part of their treatment plan.

I have since recommended niacin to various friends and family and all have reported benefits from taking it too and several have started to take it regularly like I do.

Niacin made me once again believe in the power of high doses of certain vitamins, and perhaps they are not just expensive urine, but something the body craves because our diet has become depleted over many years of mass farming and agriculture.

If you want a good niacin capsule so you can start feeling the effects right away, try the one that I use on a daily basis:

 

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By |2018-11-20T20:19:52+00:00January 14th, 2017|Health, Therapeutic|26 Comments

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The Renegade Pharmacist
I am an ex-community pharmacist turned 'renegade' after recovering from a chronic illness without medication, when conventional medicine had given up hope. This site will share what has worked for me and the latest research in holistic healthcare.

26 Comments

  1. Jo April 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this. I love the fact that you are someone who used to “buy into the system” through your vocation, and then discovered that it was BS. So happy for you that you healed yourself and now generously share your wisdom with us. I am a big proponent of not giving your health away to BigPharma and BigMedicine. Whole foods, intermittent fasting, adequate sleep, supplements, meditation and engaging in activities you love I believe have more power to keep you happy and healthy over any medication. Keep up the good work, and thank you! 🙂

    • Susan L Wilson September 13, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

      Totally agree ~ kudos!

  2. Sabine Cudjo September 20, 2017 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Thank you for this great information, I never realized that niacin has that many benefits.

  3. Sameer October 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Is niacin effective for better performance in bed and for hard erections?

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist December 29, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

      It may help as it dilates blood vessels and improves circulation, however I have no direct experience with that!

    • J. Hub March 3, 2018 at 6:30 am - Reply

      No, I took 2000 mg a day for several months and it didn’t help in that area at all.

  4. vera November 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    My LDL is high and Triglycerides also, overall my cholesterol is high in the 300’s. i am so thinking of taking niacin tablets . Statins cause me muscle pain so that is out. what dosage would you recommend?

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist December 29, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Please read the article, all the info is there: Cholesterol, Triglycerides + Reversing Heart Disease: Recommended 1,000 to 3,000 mg of niacin a day.Niacin lowers cholesterol more effectively than statins in various studies and also lowers triglycerides. It reduces the blood fats called “very low density lipoproteins,” which have been linked to heart disease and cancer. It improves the blood sugar problems that can lead to damage of the arterial walls. It dilates blood vessels, which improves the circulation to areas starved of oxygen and nutrients.

  5. Charlie November 21, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

    So many things are a coumadin conflict, it may be feasible, with caution, to take a second blood thinner by adding a counterbalancing agent like COQ10 or K-2.

  6. Paul Norton November 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Yes Whole Foods but not from Wholefoods market store ,They are scammers ,Whole foods means grow your own or farmers market,Not a greedy corporation who does not know in reality where their crap comes from.17 year employee

  7. Samantha December 2, 2017 at 10:57 am - Reply

    It is completely irresponsible to suggest that people take such high amounts of a vitamin that is actually only needed in such small amounts. 30mg is the highest amount anyone should take without doctor supervision. Self medicating high amounts can lead to liver toxicity and a host of other problems. Also referencing L Ron Hubbard on anything slightly scientific is like referencing OJ Simpson in an article on happy marriages. A complete quack article.

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist December 29, 2017 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Please do the research on niacin before making such bold and negative claims. There are absolutely no risks of liver toxicity with pure vitamin b3, the only problems occur if you take the sustained release niacin, which I explain in the article, it has also been used as a detox agent by many respected doctors and clinics around the world. Read up on Dr. Andrew Saul’s new book, Niacin: The Real Story is co-written with Abram Hoffer M.D., Ph.D

  8. Melba J Robinson Gray December 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much. Please don’t give up.

  9. Mena December 31, 2017 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I am using Niacinamide for my son. 3 g divided in 3 times per day. It has a calming effect. What is your opinion of Niacinamide vs niacin?

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist July 22, 2018 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Pure niacin that gives you the flush is the best for therapeutic effects

  10. sandra elliott January 22, 2018 at 4:10 am - Reply

    use it great cholesterol now normal with more energy I’m 77
    Dr had me on cholestrol pills 15 yrs
    till brother said try niacin
    try it don’t mind the hot flush very cheap at costco
    take 500m 3 times a week

    i buy 500 mg 500 tablets

  11. Alex February 26, 2018 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Hello! Anyone used Niacin to treat depression? Any feedback would me much appreciated. Thanks!

  12. Lisa Lambert May 29, 2018 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Thank you for the article! Can you take niacin while taking levothyroxine?

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist July 22, 2018 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Yes, but always check with your doctor first.

  13. James June 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    I am suffering from sleep over 37 years have tried everror now on have started taking 500 mg x 2 tabs everyday will this help pla

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist July 22, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Test it and see how you feel.

  14. Julie Harrington June 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    For years,I have been taking 500 mg. of Niacin daily for high cholesterol. Recently my physician said that there is new evidence that it is detrimental to the heart, rather than being helpful. When I asked her who did the research (Was itt the company who produces Lipitor?) she did not know and asked me to do that research for myself. I haven’t been able to find anything. Does anyone know of this research and who produced it? Where can I find information on time release niacin. I cannot locate your article. Thanks.

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist July 22, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      I have not read that before. The form of niacin if sustained release can be harmful to the liver. You should take only full flush niacin.

  15. Laura July 16, 2018 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    What is the problem using sustained release naicin?

    • The Renegade Pharmacist
      The Renegade Pharmacist July 22, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

      It can affect liver function.

  16. Ronel Dreyer November 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Using it about 2000 mg every night, love the flush and all the benefits! My husband’s cholesterol came down from 6,8 to 4,6 and sleeps well, hair growth and skin improved dramatically. My son 11, takes 4x daily, helps with immunity, ADD, better sleep, more focus and concentration (together with vit C, zinc, magnesium glycinate, Brahmi)👌🏼

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