How Niacin Helped me to Treat Social Anxiety and Depression

The important of micro-nutrients

One of the most overlooked causes of depression is the lack of certain micro-nutrients in your diet. One of the most important ones is niacin. Niacin is better known as vitamin b3, and if you develop and deficiency in this micro-nutrient, you will become depressed. However, recently scientific research has shown that niacin flushing can also help people treating their social anxiety and angst (niacin benefits). This was already known for some longer time, but most doctors and other health experts were still a bit hesitant and skeptical. This article will explain how I used niacin to treat my depression and improve social angst.

Where it goes wrong

Fortunately, for people living in the Western part of the world, it isn’t that hard to avoid niacin deficiencies. Almost all diary and whole grain products contain some niacin. So if you just eat some bread and milk during the day, you will be absolutely fine. However, if you go binge drinking for an extended period of time, you still risk developing a niacin deficiency. This happens because alcohol destroys niacin contained in the body.

You can also develop a deficiency of niacin when traveling to third world countries or places in the world where people use solely corn products in their diet instead of whole grain and dairy. If this is the case, you will inevitably have a lack of vitamin b3 in your body over time.

The Solution

So in order to prevent becoming depressed by a lack of this micro-nutrient, I recommend you to record your daily niacin intake in a notepad. You will have to consume about 15-20 mg per day in order attain the recommended daily dose. However, if you want to use niacin to improve your social angst, you will need an overdose.  Overdoses should be around 100 mg per day.

In order to do this, you will have to A) consume niacin dense foods or B) take in niacin supplements. Although, niacin supplements are very convenient when you are traveling or when you are pressed for time, I recommend to use natural foods because they are healthier and contain other micro-nutrients that are good for your general well-being.



Other salutary micro-nutrients

Niacin is not the only micro-nutrient that can help you to prevent depression and cure social anxiety (niacin flush benefits). There are also some other micro-nutrients belonging to the vitamin B complex that are heavily recommended for improving angst and depression:

  1. Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
  2. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
  3. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
  4. Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
  5. Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)


All in all, be sure to have a good diet full of vitamin b and if you do not have enough time or when you are on vacation, be sure to take some supplements with you.


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