I’m taking 1000mg Vitamin C in a glass of water very very first thing every morning (5:50am this morning, thanks to my faithful dog) and and hour or so later after food I’ve been taking 100mg of Niacin too. Today I have just this evening pushed it up to 200mg.
The results have been quite odd. The potential problem with Niacin is the flush that you get after you take it. Its available in a no-flush variety but its Niacinomide which doesn’t promote the right kind of colesterol like Niacin does; it doesn’t do this function at all and is also bad for your liver eventually. So its the flush variety I’ve chosen. The flush comes on when your have enough Niacin in your body, so its a simple and effective way of telling when you have taken enough. The flush makes your skin red in either a rash or patches, some say its itchy but its more of a pins and needles feeling on your skin without the numbness.
Heck, there isn’t a reason not to take this stuff.
The official drug literature says that the flush starts after 35mg of Niacin, but I didn’t get a flush at all this morning. Maybe the vitamin C defused it ? Does it work? It works for destressing your mind yes. Unlike Selective Seretonine Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) like the drugs the doctor wanted me to take the niacin helps to produce more seretonine rather than just keep it in the body and stop it being used up which is what anti-depressants do. The more Niacin that I put in the less my body has to use protein up to make it. This means that the protein is used to make seretonine instead. Unlike SSRI’s which made me feel like my brain had been placed on standby and while I could process events that are happening and imagine things if I wanted, there was no motivation, no inherent “need” to do anything. Zombie! I struggle with the voice of my conscience telling me to worry about things at the wrong time, for example thinking about work while I am meant to be relaxing on the bank holiday weekend. Niacin has switched this voice OFF! I really mean OFF! It’s great. It’s like my mind is my own. The last few days I have been ill (since Friday) and I stopped taking Niacin during getting better. The voice of my hardworking perfectionist conscience came back. So I know it’s not just my overactive imagination. I’m not sure I’m going to need to use the megadoses of 3000 to 6000mg. If 100 to 200mg is working whats the point?
It’s meant to be good as a preventative measure against all sorts of stuff, not least Schitzsophrenia, Alseimers, Bad Colesterol, Depression, Dysthymia, Anxiety. Heck, there isn’t a reason not to take this stuff.