How B Vitamins Improve Brain Health, Cognition, Psychiatric Problems and Mood Disorders

By Dr. Mercola

It’s well-established that healthy fats such as animal-based omega-3s — especially DHA — are vitally important for your brain health, but other nutrients such as vitamins are also necessary for cognition and the prevention of neurological disease and mental disorders.

Psychiatry typically relies on drugs as a first line of treatment, but even more severe psychiatric problems have been shown to benefit greatly from nutritional interventions.

One nutritional deficiency in particular that has the potential to wreak havoc on your psyche is niacin (vitamin B3). Continue reading

Niacin, Cholesterol and Stroke

Is a Niacin Flush Dangerous?

By Dr. Mercola

Niacin, or vitamin B3, is important to your overall good health. Vitamin B3 deficiency may result in a condition called pellagra, characterized by mental confusion, diarrhea and scaly skin sores. Deficiencies, however, are rare and often confined to people with trouble absorbing the vitamin from their food.

The vitamin is water soluble, so it is not stored in the body but eliminated through the kidneys. This means you need a steady supply from your diet. Niacin is found in many foods commonly found in an everyday diet, such as chicken, eggs, legumes (peanuts), milk and rice.

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Niacin for Heart Attack Prevention

Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One

by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD

Niacin has been used for over 60 years in tens of thousands of patients with tremendously favorable therapeutic benefit (Carlson 2005). In the first-person NY Times best seller, “8 Weeks to a Cure for Cholesterol,” the author describes his journey from being a walking heart attack time bomb to a becoming a healthy individual. He hails high-dose niacin as the one treatment that did more to correct his poor lipid profile than any other (Kowalski 2001). Continue reading

B Vitamins – The Who and What

by Al Sears, M.D.

About 25 years ago, I developed a phrase to help my fellow medical students remember the names for all the B vitamins. I still use this to teach nutrition today: “Teddy Roosevelt Never Painted Pyramids Blue in Fancy Clothes.” It contains the first letter of all the B vitamins in numerical order. (The missing numbers are compounds researchers thought were vitamins but turned out to be non-essential.) See Below: Continue reading

Could This be the Key Factor Spiking the Rise in Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Large doses of B vitamins can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with memory problems. It may slow their progression toward dementia.

A two-year clinical trial was the largest to date into the effect of B vitamins on “mild cognitive impairment,” a condition which is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Continue reading

Forget Big Pharma’s Phony Heart “Drug”‏

Al Sears, MD

Get a load of this. Big Pharma giant Merck is trying to re-package one of Nature’s most potent heart health allies… and sell it to you as a heart “drug.”1  At this very moment, they’re heavily lobbying the FDA to get it approved.

The name of this new “drug” they’re suddenly so excited about? Vitamin B3. Also known as niacin.

I can see why Merck wants to patent niacin. It’s an amazing nutrient. And now that raising HDL has become such a big topic in the heart health world, they’re trying to capitalize on a solution that’s been around for years.

Big Pharma had been deliberately ignoring the importance of HDL for years because statin drugs only lowered LDL. That is until rival AstraZeneca was able to prove that Crestor could raise HDL… and raked in billions.  Now Merck is jumping on the HDL bandwagon by trying to patent its niacin formula.

But you can get all the benefits of niacin safely… without lining Big Pharma’s pockets. Continue reading