I really need to understand the whole Niacin thing a little better. Im hearing so many mix things about it. Ive heard many people say it is absolutely amazing and has changed their lives. They have better sex drive, mood, etc etc. I then do some research and i find how Niacin is bad for your liver?! How can this be?
I believe I have histapenia. I have low stomach acid, bad digestion, low sex drive, certain B vitamins I react badly to....B12 for example, and sensitive to alcohol. These all fall under histapenia. Ive heard Niacin is great for people with histapenia. I want to give it a shot. But heres the other thing....what about Niacinamide?? Ive also heard mixed things about this. Ive heard its the same as Niacin just without the flush. Then yet again ive heard its completely a different thing?!
I want to take Niacinamide because ive taken Niacin before and I hated the flush reaction and I reacted very badly. Worse than most people.
So whats the scoop with this stuff?? Im sick of contradicting information!
There are multiple types of B3, all of which really are B3, but you want Niacin. You want flushing niacin. If you take slow release niacin that can damage your liver and also it avoids the flush. So for all that info, it's as simple as that. It's nice for some AF stuff to be simple, for once :)
The flush is really good for you (well most people), and it helps lower bad cholesterol a lot. It helps me sleep really well. I have no sex drive issues happily. It also helps blood sugar, and really does calm down my sympathetic system. A little too much in fact. So I use it every other night (maybe) now. Happily I don't have sleep issues anymore due to it! Huge win!
It is often used in combo with chromium picolinate. If you do that take the niacin at night an the CP in the am. That seems to work best.
For goodness sake start out really low with niacin. Like 50 mg. Generally you'll find it for sale in 50mg or 500mg. You'll slowly up the dose to keep flushing at nights. I stabilised at 350mg or so. (I bite off chunks)
CP was pretty powerful for me too. I'm just working back into it.
BTW, B3 is not really a B vitamin, but was called that to get it more accepted by AA, or so the story goes. See it turns out that a lot of alcholics are really hypoglycemic and that's both a reason they became alcoholics and a reason that they find it hard to stop. Wine is a lovely burst of sugar. At night when my blood sugars are off I really crave either chocolate chips or wine. It's the bump of sugar.
In fact, after really solid studies studies, the founder of AA tried to get AA to agree to put niacin in as a recommended action for AA plans, but the board rejected it. Even there they were not open to ideas.
im interested to hear the AA story? ive heard similiar that sly things were done so alcoholism could be considered a disease/stop people getting well so alcohol could be continued to be sold etc etc? not sure exactly...