Niacin and Arthritis
Niacin has long been hailed as a natural treatment for arthritis… but are the tales true, or is this just homeopathic hype?
Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, is used in many different nutritional supplements and occurs naturally in many different plant and animal species. It can also be created by the human body, albeit not very efficiently – which is why humans get most of their vitamin B3 from their diet.
But can this vitamin really help to treat arthritis? Here’s what we found out.
The basics: what is arthritis?
Arthritis is, to put it simply, a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. The condition tends to worsen with age, and is very common in the US. In fact, it is said that more than 3 million new cases of arthritis are diagnosed each year.
Arthritis can’t really be cured, but the pain can be managed with medication – and some supplements and/or medications can also help with the inflammation.
But Vitamin B3 isn’t considered an anti-inflammatory or an analgesic – so how could it possibly help with a malady that’s literally caused by inflammation?
As it turns out, there’s a bit more to the story than that.
Niacin doesn’t help arthritis patients by decreasing inflammation. Rather, it is said to help by actually triggering real joint-surface repair that will later lead to a reduction in inflammation and pain.
In other words, Niacin can help by stimulating the body to heal the damage done by the arthritis.
Is there actual proof that Vitamin B3 can help to heal arthritis?
This question is a bit more difficult to answer. Webmd.com has this to say about Niacinamide and its ability to heal or help with arthritis pain…
“Possibly Effective for: Osteoarthritis. Taking niacinamide seems to improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and swelling. Some people who take niacinamide might be able to cut down on standard painkilling medications.”
Dr. David Williams also says this about the vitamin in reference to using it as a treatment for arthritis on his official website…
“Fortunately, niacinamide can go a long way in both preventing and minimizing arthritic joints.”
The vitamin obviously gets more attention in homeopathic and naturalistic circles than it gets in most doctor offices, but that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not capable of doing the job.
How to treat arthritis with Niacin
If you’re thinking about treating your arthritis with Niacin, then you will find some very helpful instructions on the subject on Dr. David Williams website. Basically, you need to follow a few basic steps to make sure that your efforts will be maximized, and to allow yourself the best possible shot at treating the problem.
First, you need to make sure that you get plenty of protein in your diet. A protein powder supplement will probably be your best bet. You should also start taking a good multivitamin as well as Vitamin B3, as this will help to maximize your efforts in trying to heal your arthritis naturally.
As far as the Niacinamide itself goes, Dr. David Williams says on his official website that you need to take it at regular intervals at a dose of 250mg every three hours, 6 times per day. This will add up to 1,500mg of Niacinamide per day.
Now, keep in mind that you should consult with your doctor before taking such a large dosage, especially if you suffer from any other health problems – but that’s what Dr. David Williams recommends on his official website (you may need to take even more for more extreme cases.
He also says that you need to be careful not to traumatize the joints any further, as this will keep them from healing properly.
Niacin is an amazing vitamin with a lot of healing potential – but it can also be a bit dangerous in some forms at higher levels. For that reason, it is very important to take responsibility for yourself whenever you dose-up on it, and always run such supplementation by your doctor first, just in case!