NIACIN THE REAL STORY BY ABRAM HOFFER, M.D. PH.D., ANDREW W. SAUL, PH.D., AND HAROLD D. FOSTER, PH.D.
After reading the book on Vitamin C, my interest was piqued in vitamin therapy, so I purchased this book on Niacin. This one is also a real eye-opening book! The amount of health conditions that Niacin deficiency is implicated in, is quite shocking, but the most startling cases raised in this book are to me, those relating to Mental Health including delinquent behavior and addictions. I have personal friends who have suffered for years with psychiatric disorders such as Bipolar. After reading this book I recommended it to their family members. They purchased it, read it, and took it to their doctors who agreed to work with them as they tried Niacin therapy. In just a short time they became stable. Just one word of warning, this book will convince you of the merits of taking vitamin B3, but don’t do what I did and take a large dose of the stuff before you’ve even read the section on how to take it safely! Niacin can cause a rather unpleasant flush if you take it incorrectly (i.e. too much, too soon), and my kids were totally shocked at seeing me flush so red I almost turned purple! Thankfully, I knew it wasn’t dangerous and would pass, so I didn’t panic. But if you aren’t aware of this possible reaction, it could really freak you out! Niacin has an excellent safety record though, so don’t let my warning put you off. This book also tells you other forms of Niacin that do not cause the flush reaction. It has great information on the benefits of Niacin supplementation in 28 health conditions including Arthritis, Anxiety, Learning Difficulties, MS, Addictions, and many others, so it’s well worth the read.