I’m a niacin snob, and I use it everyday to keep my cholesterol levels and blood pressure healthy.
Be picky with the niacin that you buy over-the-counter (OTC), and I don’t recommend pharmaceutical niacin because it is altered in the lab and it’s more expensive than a quality OTC B3.
If you are on blood and heart medications, make sure to let your doctor know you are taking niacin because your blood can become too thin when you are using statins and blood pressure meds with niacin.
Here’s something most people don’t know – NEVER use flush-free or time released forms of niacin. These forms have been altered in the lab, and are typically taken in higher doses that can become toxic to your liver.
How To Use Niacin
This is what I recommend when using a natural form of B3 niacin:
- Supplement five (5) to seven (7) times a week with an extra B3 (niacin) supplement until you flush shortly after taking (individual doses may vary).
- Begin with taking 50-100 mg. of niacin on a slightly full stomach (with a banana or a light snack). Increase by 50-100 mg. daily until a quick flush occurs.
- Do not panic if you turn red and your heart beats rapidly. This is a sign that your blood is cleansing and toxins are being removed through the pores of your skin.
- I recommend taking niacin before working out, a hot bath or shower, during a sauna or steam bath – take it at a time when your pores are open and your heart rate is naturally elevated.
- Children can take low doses of niacin before a warm bath, before playtime, or before sleeping.
- If you have more toxins than niacin in your bloodstream, you may not feel a flush, but if you have more niacin in your bloodstream as opposed to toxins, you will feel a flush.
- The stronger the flush, the cleaner your body and blood are becoming.
- Do NOT use time released or flush free niacin. This is an unnatural form of niacin that can stress your liver.
- It is best to use pure niacin that will activate immediately so you know the present degree of toxicity and how much niacin to safely take.
NOTE: Be cautious when taking more than 50 mg. of niacin if you are taking blood thinners or any blood pressure medications. If you are on medications, you may want to inform your medical doctor to let them know you are taking a niacin supplement.
Don’t be surprised if your medical advisor is not familiar with niacin, as most AMA medical schools do not recognize the importance of nutrition.
My Favorite Brand
I personally use Carlson® pure niacin, 50 mg tablets.
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