Niacin/Vitamin B3: The proven cure for depression that no one tells you about

I always knew this day would come.
I wrote something that wasn’t completely accurate. I’m sorry.
Remember the post which followed swiftly on from the Marmite curry edition? Well, what I said was mostly right, but not completely. I realised my error while reading through one of my Christmas presents, a book by Steve Meyerowitz on sprouting (not everyone’s idea of the perfect Yuletide gift, granted. But I specifically asked for it). He was talking about Niacin, referring to it as B3, not B12, as I had called it in my post, “The proven, natural cure for depression that no one tells you about”.
The difference is this: I was right that high-dose niacin is a multi-proven cure for depression. I was wrong to say it was also known as B12. It’s not. It’s B3.
So here’s the revised version, reposted, just so that you don’t go sharing the wrong info. Anyone you have shared this with, please just take a minute to draw their attention to the update. My main concern with this is that anyone going to their GP and referring to Niacin as B12 will probably be dismissed as not knowing what they’re talking about. Partly fair, but I am desperate to ensure that anyone who does need to know this doesn’t get shot down on a side issue.
So, here it is, And apologies again.
There is a specific group of people for whom B3, or Niacin, can make a life-changing difference: those suffering with depression. Not that a lack of B3 necessarily contributes to depression, but it has been proven to give the blues the (steel toe-capped) boot. If you suffer from low moods or worse and you’re sick of being on anti-depressants with no end in sight, you need to heed the following TRUE story.


A woman in her fifties was suicidally-depressed. Quite correctly, she was on medication and under the supervision of a psychiatrist. She had totally withdrawn from her family. She wouldn’t interact or sit at the dinner table with them and sat staring into the corner of the same room every day.
Not surprisingly, her family wanted to do everything possible to help her. They consulted a therapeutic nutritionist, Dr Andrew Saul, who referred them to the work of Dr Abram Hoffer, who had successfully used niacin in the treatment of depression way back in the 1950s. Although in Hoffer’s experience, only 3,000mg had been used, because of the severity of this woman’s depression, she was given 11,500mg. Within a few days, she was interacting in family life as if nothing had happened.
Her family asked the psychiatrist how pleased he was about this change. His response was that taking that much niacin could be dangerous, advising she stopped. So she did, and then went straight back to sitting in the corner again.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of the medical profession’s lack of understanding of vitamins as medicine. If this story has piqued your interest, check out the link below. It’s not just the PROVEN power of niacin that’s being kept from you. I’m not saying anything more apart from “cancer” and “high-dose vitamin C”.

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by George

I’m George Dryden - a slightly-off-the-wall-but-in-a-good-way journalist, blogger and almost-raw vegan. In April 2014, I graduated as a Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Health Institute, in Florida, USA (more about George)

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