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5 Health Benefits of Niacin Flush

Niacin FlushIn this article:
What is Niacin Flush ?
1. Niacin Flush Benefits for Arthritis
2. Niacin Flush Benefits for Cholesterol & Triglycerides
3. Niacin Flush Benefits for Heart Disease
4. Niacin Flush Benefits for Senility and Memory Loss
5. Niacin Flush Benefits for Insomnia
Niacin Flush: Miscellaneous Uses
Possible Side Effects of Niacin Flush

What is Niacin Flush ?

If you suffer from the pain and swelling of arthritis, you’ve doubtlessly sought relief using conventional methods. However, you may want to consider the “unconventional” method of a niacin flush. Benefits include relief from arthritis pain, lowered cholesterol and triglycerides, and the reduction and prevention of other health afflictions.

Niacin is a B vitamin—the third to be discovered, hence why it has been dubbed vitamin B3. In 1943, two doctors discovered that it was beneficial for patients who suffered from arthritis. However, at the time, more attention was given to cortisone, another arthritis pain and stiffness relief remedy. What sets niacin apart from cortisone is the niacin flush, the benefits of which patients describe as providing immense relief from the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

The way the niacin flush and the benefits it provides work is simple; it causes the blood vessels near the skin to open up or dilate, often taking as little as 50 mg. While this flush may feel uncomfortable and even alarming to some people, it is completely safe, and some even find it to be pleasant because of the relief it brings to arthritis symptoms.


If you’re looking to enjoy its benefits, you should start out with a low dose of 50 to 100 mg a day, gradually building up the dosage. If you start out with a high dosage, you’ll build up a tolerance and won’t enjoy the benefits of a niacin flush. You should also avoid taking niacin following a meal. It should also be noted that taking niacinamide, an alkaline form of niacin, won’t cause the flush, but it has the same benefits.Just because the niacin flush and its benefits aren’t something that mainstream medicine recognizes doesn’t mean that you should overlook them. In fact, when taken with other B vitamins, you can expect to enjoy better results—that’s why taking a good multivitamin is recommended. Niacin flush benefits can be enjoyed for not just arthritis, but also a number of other medical conditions. Here’s just a few of them:

1. Niacin Flush Benefits for Arthritis

As mentioned earlier, the niacin flush, its benefits, and its results are great for patients who suffer from arthritis. But for true relief, taking niacinamide is recommended for the best results, since it opens blood vessels deep within the skin closer to the joints.If you suffer from moderate arthritis, taking 1000 to 1,500 mg of niacinamide is recommended. While it may not provide the same flush, the benefits you’ll enjoy will become noticeable when your pain begins to ease. For those suffering from more severe cases of arthritis, you may need to take 3,000 to 4,000mg of niacinamide a day. Regardless of the size of the dose you’re taking, you should divide it up into five or six doses throughout the day, letting your doctor know beforehand.

Also Read: Is Niacin The Cure for Depression?

2. Niacin Flush Benefits for Cholesterol & Triglycerides

If you’re looking to lower your blood lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) in a cost-effective manner, niacin flush benefits even extend to this, as taking 1,000 to 3,000 mg a day can lower your cholesterol by up to 25%. Patients reported seeing these results after they started out on 1,000 mg a day, followed by 2,000mg a day before working their way up to 3,000mg a day. They also reported a 50% reduction in triglycerides as well.

3. Niacin Flush Benefits for Heart Disease

Given niacin flush benefits, it should come as no surprise that it is highly effective in treating heart disease. Patients suffering from heart disease who were given niacin reported lower rates of illness and death than those who did not receive it.

Another study surprisingly found that taking niacin regularly actually reversed the signs of heart disease in patients with genetically related cholesterol issues.

A niacin flush benefits heart disease patients by opening blood vessels to improve circulation to parts of the body that are otherwise starved for oxygen and nutrition. It also helps to lower blood fats called very low-density lipoproteins. In addition to heart disease, these blood fats have also been linked to cancer.

Additionally, niacin also improves blood sugar problems and is an affordable alternative to some of the more expensive heart medication on the market.

4. Niacin Flush Benefits for Senility and Memory Loss

In a study Dr. Abram Hoffer, one of niacin’s biggest advocates, patients suffering from dementia and memory loss who were given 1,000 mg of niacin a day reported improvements in their memory. In fact, in one of Dr. Hoffer’s studies, five out of 10 patients totally recovered and two showed a marked improvement.

5. Niacin Flush Benefits for Insomnia

While you may think that opening blood vessels, one of the niacin flush benefits, would be the last thing you would need if you were having trouble sleeping. There is evidence that niacinamide taken before going to bed can help you get to sleep, since it activates benzodiazepine receptors in the brain; a dose of 50 right up to 1,000 mg is recommended. Niacin can be taken as well, since the body converts it to niacinamide.

Niacin Flush: Miscellaneous Uses

If you suffer from a niacin deficiency, you may be especially sensitive to the sun. Taking 200 mg a day, along with the proper precautions to protect against the sun, means you can enjoy outdoor activities. Taking 200 to 300 mg of niacin before flying or driving can also help to reduce the symptoms of motion sickness. It is also effective in treating acne.

Since it opens blood vessels, niacin flush benefits include improving circulating in diabetics and stimulating the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. For anyone suffering from ear-related ailments such as deafness, vertigo, or tinnitus, niacin flush benefits include opening the blood flow to the ear.

It’s even been reported that if women take niacin 15 to 20 minutes before sex, it can also encourage the production of vaginal mucous in women, eliminating the need for use of lubricants that many women have to use as they get older. For all of the above, it may require as little as 100 to 200 mg of niacin a day.

Possible Side Effects of Niacin Flush

While niacin flush benefits are many, there are possible side effects of taking niacin that you should be aware of. For one, it may cause irritation to the lining of the stomach; that’s why it is recommended that you take it after you’ve had something to eat. If you suffer from gout, niacin contains uric acid, so it may aggravate the condition. Also, avoid time-released niacin at all costs, since it has been found to cause liver damage.

Niacin has been around for a while, but given the niacin flush benefits for people suffering from any number of medical conditions, such as heart disease and arthritis, more people should consider using this old-school remedy.

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