A Niacin flush improves circulation by releasing histamine, which causes the blood vessels to dilate (widen) and breaks up a protein needed for the clotting of blood. It also prevents the formation of lipids in the body, which helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Begin with 100mg/day. Your first dose will likely cause your skin to "flush" and your become itchy. Depending on when and what you ate, the sensation could last for 10 minutes or as long as an hour. Don't worry! This is not harmful or dangerous, simply a sign the niacin is working to cleanse and improve blood flow.
Your body quickly adjusts to niacin, so once you have had the niacin flush with a particular quantity of niacin, that same dosage of niacin won't create the same effect.
Increase the dosage of niacin by 100mg every four days until you reach 1000mg. The reddening and itching skin will occur with each increase.
Cautions and tips
- Drink plenty of water; this will help lessen the effects of red and irritated-feeling skin
- Taking with food may lessen stomach irritation
- Do not take niacin with hot beverages, alcohol or spicy food
- If any problems arise, other than skin flushing or itching, which goes away in 30-60 minutes, consult your doctor
- Do not take if you are pregnant and/or nursing
- Do not take if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- Don't take if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- Do not take if you have severe liver problems or disease, kidney problems, diabetes, gout, gallbladder disease, chest pain, heart disease, an active peptic ulcer, arterial bleeding, or severely low blood pressure
- Not recommended if you have a history of stomach ulcer or heart attack, or you drink alcohol on a regular basis
- Check with your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines
Niacin is inexpensive and available at any health food store.