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Niacin (Vitamin B3)

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Has anyone had any experience with supplements of this vitamin in treating their depression?

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Not that one in particular but every time I've gone to the hospital it turned out I had a weird vitamin deficiency. I think as long as you don't take too much it won't hurt.

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Niacin is for your cholesterol, its suppose to lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol but I never heard of it being good for depression, my pdoc said that its good to take a vitamin B complete complex tablet would help, but it didnt... dont overdue the mgs or you will get some nasty side effects.

I looked at the bottle and I was taking 3000 times a normal daily dose, so now I just nibble on a vitamin b complex, probably only getting 30 times a daily dose requirement, any more and I get shakey and nervous....

Lecithin is suppose to be good for the brain also...

so that sums up my pdoc advice, lecithin, b-complex and also algae oil, not fish oil, but algae oil is good also... so my pdoc says but I dont put much value into vitamins for depression.... just for your general health.

hope this helps...

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anhedonistica,

I've tried three different types of niacin. When I took regular niacin, I experienced an extremely uncomfortable flushing sensation after I took my first tablet and didn't want to take the supplement anymore because of the extreme discomfort that I felt. If the regular niacin had any effect on my depressive symptoms, it wasn't very robust. I've also taken niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate, which are both flush-free forms of niacin, and I would recommend both over regular niacin. As expected, neither the niacinamide nor the inositol hexanicotinate caused the flushing that I experienced on regular niacin, and both the niacinamide and the inositol hexanicotinate temporarily relieved my depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, the antidepressant benefits that I noticed from taking niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate only lasted for a day, so taking either version of niacin into the long term was not helpful for me.

Perhaps others here have had different experiences with niacin supplements. I do know that the flushing reaction that I experienced from taking regular niacin is fairly common, but other than that, I don't know to what extent my responses to niacin supplements can be generalized to the population at large. I wish you luck with niacin supplements if you decide to take them.

Tomatheus

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anhedonistica,

I've tried three different types of niacin. When I took regular niacin, I experienced an extremely uncomfortable flushing sensation after I took my first tablet and didn't want to take the supplement anymore because of the extreme discomfort that I felt. If the regular niacin had any effect on my depressive symptoms, it wasn't very robust. I've also taken niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate, which are both flush-free forms of niacin, and I would recommend both over regular niacin. As expected, neither the niacinamide nor the inositol hexanicotinate caused the flushing that I experienced on regular niacin, and both the niacinamide and the inositol hexanicotinate temporarily relieved my depressive symptoms. Unfortunately, the antidepressant benefits that I noticed from taking niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate only lasted for a day, so taking either version of niacin into the long term was not helpful for me.

Perhaps others here have had different experiences with niacin supplements. I do know that the flushing reaction that I experienced from taking regular niacin is fairly common, but other than that, I don't know to what extent my responses to niacin supplements can be generalized to the population at large. I wish you luck with niacin supplements if you decide to take them.

Tomatheus

Thank you for this knowledgeable response. Very helpful.

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I've been taking MX Omega 3 Fish Oil, an omega 3 supplement for 1 month now. So far i don't feel any bad/side effects of taking to relieve my depression.

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