HIGH-DOSE NIACIN AND WHY AVOID IT
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
High-dose niacin therapy means taking more than about 120 mg of niacin daily. It is used by some physicians and others to dilate the pores when doing sauna therapy. The Ron Hubbard Clear program, for example, uses high-dose niacin. It is also used by holistic and orthomolecular and mega-dose physicians for some types of schizophrenia and perhaps other disorders.
This short article is basically an alert that in recent days we have found that high doses of niacin always build up in the liver. This applies to all types of niacin, not just the time-release niacin, which may be the worst.
Not only is the high-dose niacin toxic, but it is not easy to remove from the liver. Also, it seems to slow other liver detoxification. So for all these reasons, I do not advise high-dose niacin therapy for any reason at all.