Why Take Niacin? It Is Amazingly Powerful & It Has Provided Many Positive Effects!
Niacin is the third of the B vitamins to be discovered. That is how it gained it’s famous name, B3!
In the early 1940’s, believe it or not, niacin – a natural element, was on it’s way to fame when all of the sudden, a pharmaceutical company stepped up and stole the spotlight. Not intentionally of course.
However, around the same time that niacin was about to take the stage for it’s accomplishment for relieving arthritis, the pharmaceutical company released it’s new product called cortisone.
That was a real bummer, because this miraculous element has delivered such a positive effect on health throughout history, and it truly did deserved it’s recognition and award. And it still does!!
So, if you want to keep things natural when it come to your health, you’re going to want to know the benefits and uses of niacin and whether or not you may be deficient, as well as where to find it, right?
Sit tight and let me fill you in on some “Wise Old Owl” kind of stuff!
The B vitamins help the body convert carbohydrates into energy, while also helping the body use up fats and proteins. They are needed for keeping a properly functioning nervous system and for a healthy liver.
Niacin, Niacinamide, and Inositol hexaniacinate are all forms of vitamin B3. The body converts niacin into niacinamide (an alkaline form of niacin) which allows you to use it in lieu of niacinamide.
Often, niacin is found in combination with other B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, and folic acid.
A well balanced diet should always be the preferred way of getting the right amount of your daily dose of niacin.
Through supplements, niacin comes in different forms. Tablet or capsule; regular or time released. It is not recommended to use the time release form, because studies have found that it causes liver damage.
When choosing to use a supplement form of niacin, it is highly recommended that it be taken after a meal.
Niacin is one of eight B vitamins and has numerous benefits that aren’t often shared, or have been long forgotten about! Kind of like the old coffee enema. What was once found and considered to be effective remedies in the doctor’s reference book, has now been replaced with manufactured drugs. It’s not because they are not effective, but because there is no longer any room in the book.
Knowing this, you may be wondering whether or not you may need more niacin in your diet.
Are you thinking YOU could be niacin deficient?
Typically, in developed countries, it is rare for one to be deficient, but it’s not impossible. One of the main causes of niacin deficiency, is alcoholism!
Mild B3 deficiency symptoms include indigestion, fatigue, canker sores, vomiting, poor circulation, depression, and having a sensitivity to sunlight. If you have all or some of these symptoms, it’s possible you could be deficient.
Severe deficiency symptoms, also known as Pellagra, is characterized by cracked, scaley skin, diarrhea, and dementia, and can include burning in the mouth, and a red swollen tongue.
Treatment is usually a balanced diet along side a niacin supplement which has been approved by the FDA for treatment of Pellagra.
So, as far as that balanced diet goes, next are some of the foods you can look for to get you started. Are you ready?
Foods that feed the body – The natural niacin conversion!
Niacin, along with all other B vitamins, is water soluble. This means that the body does not store it. So fortunately, our bodies can convert certain foods into niacin as we eat them, making niacin a natural alternative to supplements.
These foods contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which is what helps actually convert the food to niacin.
Some of the best food sources of vitamin B3 that are needed to convert to natural niacin in the body, are green peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, beets, butternut squash, winter squash, pumpkin, okra, corn, parsnip, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, brown rice, along with brewer’s yeast, dairy, eggs, tuna, turkey, chicken breast, and grass-fed beef.
With these foods, you are well on your way to having the right amount niacin your body needs to maintain a good healthy level.
Astoundingly, there are MANY other benefits too, to getting the right amount of niacin!
Are you feeling curious enough to dig a little deeper to see just how powerful niacin actually is?
LOOK at the POSITIVE and truly POWERFUL effects Niacin has!!!
Because this vitamin has been such a winner throughout history, and there are TONS of miraculous uses for it, I am only going to list some of the awesome discoveries and uses, and then offer you even more resources that you can look over as well!
Let’s start with arthritis since it was the reason niacin was about to become publically famous.
Arthritis – Niacinamide (form of niacin) opens up the deep blood vessels surrounding the joints; relieving the pain.
Cholesterol – Niacin raises the good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers the bad (LDL), and reduces the fats in the blood (triglycerides), which has been linked to heart disease and cancer.
Heart Disease – For this, niacin lowers blood sugar levels that can be damaging to the arterial walls, and dilates the blood vessels allowing better circulation and more oxygen and nutrients to areas that are lacking.
Dr. David Williams, is a renowned chiropractor who specializes in searching for effective natural health therapies said in a statement:
…when it comes to circulation problems and heart disease. If a prescription drug could do one tenth of what niacin does, the media would be endlessly singing its praises.
Diabetes Type 1 – Niacinamide (alkaline form of niacin) may help protect the cells in the pancreas that make the insulin. It delays the onset of insulin dependence and may slow the progression of type 1 diabetes.
Schizophrenia – Although not an accepted treatment by mainstream medicine, Dr. Abram Hoffer, a Canadian biochemist and psychiatrist, claims in his documentary film “Feed Your Head”, that high doses of niacin, as much as 5000 mg, would cure some of their unfortunate illness – schizophrenia.
Interview with Dr. Abram Hoffer
Memory Loss – It is known that 1000 mg doses, three time per day can improve memory. Also, population studies have shown that people with higher levels of niacin in their diets had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
Insomnia – The receptors affecting one’s sleep are activated by niacinamide. So when taken at bedtime, it can help with getting a better nights sleep.
Tinnitus – Niacin increases blood flow to the ears, which may help to eliminate tinnitus.
Suppress inflammation, Improve circulation to legs and feet, Reduce risk of developing cataracts, Benefits erectile dysfunction, Motion sickness, Acne, Migraine headaches, Lowering blood pressure, Deafness and Vertigo
The uses for niacin go on and on!!! It’s TRULY amazing!
The Mayo Clinic offers lots more uses based on scientific theory and tradition. The list is huge, so be sure to check them out!
While you’re there, you can check out the recommended doses for some of the benefits listed above, CLICK HERE .
So what do you think, is niacin amazing or what?!? Do you still need to ask, “Why take niacin”? I think not. :0)
Wrapping it up; what did we learn?
By eating a well balanced diet, our bodies convert certain foods into niacin to keep us healthy.
If a niacin supplement is needed, always take it after the meal, and avoid using the time release form.
It is rare to be deficient in niacin, but it does happen and treatment is typically an easy solution – diet and supplement.
There are many foods that contain the elements we need to convert the food, naturally, into niacin.
There are many good reasons for niacin to be in our medicine cabinets. It has made a positive and powerful impact on our health.
You should consult with your doctor before taking high doses of any supplement or medicine.
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