Niacin Benefits

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. The incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in Pakistan is as high as in the western world.1 In Pakistan 46% cardiac deaths are due to myocardial infarction and 23% are due to other subsets of ischemic heart disease.70% of these patients die even before any medical help is made available to them. Major risk factors associated with the development of CHD include gender, age, cigrete smoking, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.13 A HDL-C level, independently of high LDL-C level, is also major risk factor for CHD.Moreover a substantial portion of patients with CHD have low HDL-C concentrations.4, 19-20

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There are various drugs which decrease total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL-C and increase HDL-C in primary hyperlipidemic patients, but Niacin is the best HDL-C raising agent among the lipid lowering drugs.11 Niacin inhibits the activity of hormone sensitivity lipase causing decrease in lipolysis and so decreased VLDL secretion from hepatocytes.14 Factors responsible for decreased production of VLDL include inhibition of lipolysis with a decrease in free fatty acids in plasma, decreased hepatic esterification of triglycerides, and a possible direct effect on the hepatic production of apolipoprotein-B.

Niacin also increases HDL-C by reducing its catabolism. It also decreases plasma fibrinogen levels and increase tissue plasminogen activator. All of these factors influence the process of atherogenesis and CHD.13-15 Some recent studies also suggest that Niacin also decreases blood pressure. Possible mechanism is that Niacin causes vasodilatation due to production of prostaglandin-3.9-12, 16

Niacin and ADHD have been in the news recently. You may have read that kids with ADHD tend to be deficient in this vitamin. If you're wondering if supplementing your child's diet with this niacin (vitamin B3) will be helpful in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, read this article and you'll learn more about this vitamin and the best way to give it to your child.

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ADHD Niacin - What is Niacin and Why Is It Helpful?

Niacin or vitamin B3 is one of the B-complex vitamins. Crucial to proper brain function and the production of energy, niacin release serotonin in the brain. If your child's brain does not produce enough serotonin, he may suffer from lethargy and low energy.

B vitamins are plentiful in tuna, seeds (like sunflower and pumpkin seeds), sprouts, watercress, tomatoes and bananas. If your child does not eat a balanced diet or does not eat enough of these foods, you might want to consider a supplement.

Niacin and ADHD - Dosage Recommendations

Give your child a supplement that has 25-50 mg of niacin or vitamin B3. If your child happens to be overweight in addition to having ADHD, this vitamin will help because it helps to control blood sugar levels.

One warning about giving your child niacin: rather than giving him a niacin supplement, give it in the form of a B-complex vitamin which will give your child all the all the essential B vitamins in a form that is balanced and meets the recommended daily allowances. Studies have shown that kids with ADHD are also deficient in other B vitamins such as thiamin or vitamin B1.

In fact, since nutritional deficiencies can be the cause of ADHD and its resulting brain dysfunction, it's best to give your child a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Niacin and ADHD and a Healthy Diet

Of course, vitamins cannot make up for an improper diet. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and eats a diet that is made up of natural foods such as whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables (especially dark, leafy greens) and lean protein such as fish, chicken and turkey. It is also helpful to supplement your child's diet with omega 3 fatty acids which are essential to heart and brain health.

Although this may seem like a lot to do, you need to remember that food is our medicine and that immunity and proper brain function actually begin in the gut, where good food provides the nutrients to run our bodies efficiently and optimally.

ADHD, Niacin and Homeopathic Remedies

In addition to the recommendations above, you might want to consider a homeopathic remedy that has been formulated specifically to treat the symptoms of ADHD like agitation, restlessness, hyperactivity and inability to stay on task or concentrate. These remedies are used in place of prescription drugs and are actually much more effective.

Homeopathic remedies work to suppress the symptoms of ADHD, while healing the brain at the cellular level, restoring optimal brain function over time. Since they are completely natural, they have no side effects and will not interact with any other medications your child might be taking.

Look for a homeopathic remedy that contains hyoscyamus which has been shown to reduce disruptive outbursts, alleviate overexcitability and restlessness. Other herbs such as verta alb and arsen iod will help soothe and calm your child, so he can focus and his brain can begin to heal. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of taking such a supplement.

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