Niacin For Depression, Mayo Heralding It As A Miracle Cure

Niacin for depression. It’s a miracle. The Mayo clinic has said that Niacin can really help you to overcome depression. Here’s how.


Niacin is offering hope for millions of people around the world suffering from depression. And given that 6.9 percent of the entire world population has depression, that means that niacin could truly be a miracle cure. But does it really work?

Odds are that one of two things are true for you. Either you have depression or you know someone who has depression. So there is a very good chance that you have a personal stake in this. And if niacin does work for depression then it could probably make a big difference in the lives of…. pretty much all of us.

So does niacin treat depression effectively?

What is ninacin supposed to do?

Niacin is vitamin B-3 and is a water soluble vitamin. What separates niacin from other vitamins is that it naturally helps people to quickly get to sleep at night .This in itself is very important because insomnia is a leading cause of depression,, and vice versa, depression is also a leading cause of insomnia. Just getting to sleep can make  huge difference. You can read more about this on the National Sleep Foundation.

Niacin also lowers cholesterol. According to Abram Hoffer, M.D, PhD “Niacin elevates good cholesterol and decreases the good / bad cholesterol ratio.” This is also very important because there is a natural link between cholesterol and depression, which you can read about on Psychiatric Times.

But these are not the only ways that niacin helps with depression.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Niacin is rated grade A for helping to treat pellagra, which is niacin deficiency and which leads to depression.

The Mayo Clinic states: “Niacin (vitamin B3) and niacinamide are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved for the treatment of pellagra, or niacin deficiency. Pellagra is a nutritional disease that occurs due to insufficient dietary amounts of vitamin B3 or the chemical it is made from (tryptophan). Symptoms of pellagra include skin disease, diarrhea, dementia, and depression.” – READ MORE



Other Niacin Benefits

  • Niacin has been shown to help with…  
  • Arthritis
  •  Cholesterol and Triglycerides
  •  Reversing Heart Disease
  •  Senility and Memory Loss
  •  Insomnia
  •  Sensitivity to the Sun
  •  Motion Sickness
  • For more on the benefits of Niacin take a look at this article by Doctor David Williams.


How Much Niacin To Take For Depression—Dosage

Before you begin taking niacin you must speak to a healthcare professional. So ask your doctor before you take niacin.

Niacin helps to dilate blood vessels and creates feelings of warmth. This has created the name “Niacin flush” to describe the way the vitamin makes you feel. Niacin flush (as you would expect from its name) leaves you with slightly red skin and the sensation of heat.

How Much To Take:

 Initial dose: 500 mg orally once a day at bedtime after a low fat snack. Maximum recommended dose is 2 g/day.

Extended Release (Slo-Niacin):

Initial dose: 250 to 750 mg orally once a day morning or evening.





Niacin Flush

When you take niacin it shows, because you will feel warm and look a little red. Taking a little niacin leads to pinkness of cheeks, nose and other areas, symptoms which should alleviate after approximately ten minutes. Taking large amounts of niacin on an empty stomach is not recommended and will lead to pronounced and prolonged flushing.

“When taking in large doses, the flush lasts longer,” says Dr. Hoffer. “With each dose the flush decreases and in most patients becomes a minor nuisance rather than an irritant.”



Common Side Effects of Niacin  

  • Insomnia.
  • Warmth, redness, or tingly skin.
  • Mild dizziness.
  • Itching under the skin.
  • Sweating or chills.
  • Nausea, burping, diarrhea.
  • Leg cramps, muscle pain.
  • (Taken from Wikipedia).


What else can you do for depression?

Niacin is only one of many ways of stopping your depression symptoms.

Here on The Daily Meditation we discuss natural ways of beating depression by yourself (without medication). For instance, you might like to try using meditation techniques or using yoga or tai chi. These are relaxing exercises that help you to connect with the moment and that stop those negative thoughts before they get you down. So be sure to take a look at that link, and also make sure you speak to your doctor about Niacin (I am not a doctor, so ask your family physician for help and advice).

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