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By Andrew W. Saul - Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism How to Prevent Against and Fight Alcoholism Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation by Saul, Andrew W. ( Author ) ON May-22-2009, Paperback (4/22/09) Paperback – April 22, 2009
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Everyone has a different niacin reaction. I started gradually....By now I am up to 1000mg first thing in the morning. Taken with 4oz hot or cold water. This produces more of a flush than when taken with food. The classic Abram Hoffer (niacin guru who lived to 91) advice is to take niacin after meals. I take a few more 500mg capsules during the day so I take about 2500mg daily. To get over the hump you need to spread out your niacin. You want to maintain high niacin levels in your body throughout the day. So divided doses of niacin.
I know that if I took zero niacin for a week then took 500mg with hot water, that I will get a strong flush. I have done this. This is what scares off niacin newbies. Once you start daily niacin and take it a few times during the course of a day, the flush gets diminished.
Niacin is the core but get this book for the full story. Such as take a good B-50 complex a few times a day. This is a common supplement and contains 50mg of all the B vitamins. Take Thiamin (B1) (preferably the benfotiamine variety of B1) for brain health and repair. Yes, the B50 complex contains niacin and thiamin but you need more of those two. Also take vitamin C. The easiest C to take for me is the magnesium ascorbate powder and I take a total of 3 half teaspoons each day in divided doses. This equals about 3 grams of C. Magnesium ascorbate is a buffered C.
Eating a more plant based diet will help you. Take chromium picolinate which helps glucose metabolism. Read the book- "Lifting Depression: The Chromium Connection". He advocates 1000 mcg chromium picolinate daily. Many are in mild or severe depression caused by long term alcohol overuse. You might be a functional alcoholic who still does well at your job. Your life is not a mess but you have mild depression. Good for you! You have been strong so far. Intelligent use of niacin + B vitamins will lift this curtain of unhappiness.
Why all the B vitamins? Because high alcohol intake over years has put you into B vitamin deficiency. Why? Because alcohol functions much like sugar in your body and in the process of being metabolized it has been using up any store of B vitamins you have. When you start a high intake of niacin and the other B vitamins your sugar and glucose metabolism is returned to normal. So you will have reduced desire for alcohol due to hypoglycemic cravings. Cut it out totally perhaps.
You will find more information at co-author Andrew W Saul's website. Getting on an exercise program will help your alcohol situation. Will give you a daily improvement you can feel good about, that will help lift you out of the alcohol pit. Last but not least, get God back into your life if you are so inclined. Prayer can help.
My biggest issue is that the book doesn't CLEARLY lay out what vitamins you should take when...or how much. It kinda gives hints and you have to come up with your own program.
Why didn't it include a very clear chart?
On the second night, I awoke with horrible nausea, and had violent vomiting through the night. Still felt terrible all day the next day -- worse than any hangover, even though I had not drunk any alcohol. After a little investigation, I realized that the niacin capsules I purchased -- and most of what you'll find these days -- were TIMED RELEASE capsules. These do not burn through your system between meals. Instead, they linger in your body, slowly trickling out the niacin while you continue to stack more and more on top of it, until your liver is forced to deal with a large quantity of niacin all at once. The result is acute liver toxicity. Some people have even ended up with liver transplants after a mere 3 days of attempting to do high quantities of niacin, but using the timed release capsules because they didn't know any better.
While the authors talk a little about flushing in the book and elevated liver enzyme levels, nowhere in the book to they point out that you can seriously injure yourself in a very short period using the most common form of timed release niacin that you'll find at your local grocery. BE CAREFUL!