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Stroke: Prevented by Niacin


Stroke damages caused to the neurological functions of your body, could be improved by a simple water-soluble vitamin, niacin, vitamin B3. Association, it is the third-leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of disability. According to 2008 statistics of International Conference, published in USA Today, was found that these  has tripled in middle-aged women, and seizure risk in middle-aged men remained unchanged.

Stroke: What Causes It?

Strokes (which are sometimes referred to as “brain attacks”) occur when the blood supply to your brain becomes blocked orse reduced. This deprives your brain of necessary oxygen and nutrients, causing your brain cells to begin to die within minutes.

The reason why it can be so devastating is that they often occur without warning, and the longer your brain goes without oxygen, the greater your risk of lasting damage. This is one area where emergency medicine excels, as there are emergency medications that can dissolve a blood clot that is blocking blood flow to your brain.

In order to be effective, however, you typically need to get help within one hour. So if you notice any of these signs of stroke, you should get help right away:

  •  Sudden severe headache
  • Sudden trouble walking (loss of balance, dizziness etc.)
  • Sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of your body only)
  • Sudden confusion
  • Sudden trouble seeing

Based on the latest research in Science Daily, it was reported that niacin vit-B3 could potentially be helpful in your neurological recovery after you’ve experienced a seizure.

Stroke: Vitamin B3 May Help it’s Victims by Improving Cholesterol Levels

The most common type of seizure is called “ischemic stroke,” which results from an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying blood to your brain. Cholesterol deposits are typically the main culprit for this kind of obstruction, which could explain niacin’s potential as a remedy.

Niacin increases HDL cholesterol and overall have a positive results on cholesterol levels. Previous study in this area found that use of niacin in patients who didn’t have diabetes:

  •  Decreased LDL cholesterol by 8 percent
  •  Decreased triglycerides by 23 percent
  • Increased HDL cholesterol by 30 percent

But, if you’re eating a well-balanced, mostly organic diet, exercising regularly, and still have problems with your cholesterol, niacin would certainly be a far less expensive and safer alternative to cholesterol-lowering drugs, which can wreak havoc on your health.


There are several precautions that you need to implement to prevent stroke, though, when using niacin. Niacin usually has a flush associated with it that is very similar to the hot flashes women get during menopause. Many long-acting versions have been made available to avoid this bothersome side effect.

The problem with most timed-release niacin is that they are associated with a high degree of hepatitis. This is one reason why I would not rush to get any slow-release niacin drug they may bring to market in the future as a result of this research.

However, inositol hexaniacinate (a sustained-release version of niacin) is not associated with flushing and hepatitis.

Vitamin B3 is naturally present in:

Although nutritional supplements are typically FAR safer than any pharmaceutical drug, they can still cause problems for some, which is why your best bet is always to try to get your nutrients from FOOD first, before you add supplements.

Meat is one of the best sources of niacin.

But, as I’ve stressed before, I do NOT advocate consumption of conventionally-raised meats. Go for organically-raised, grass-fed beef. Did you know that our body also manufacture niacin from the tryptophan (an essential amino acid). Beef contains niacin as well as tryptophan.

Other dietary sources of tryptophan-rich foods are:

  •   Legumes
  •   Raw milk cheese
  •    Organic, free-range eggs
  •    Nuts
  •    Free-range, organic chicken
  •     Organically-raised turkey

Please Head this Caution about Supplementation

Niacin could have side effects in diabetic as it affects glucose intolerance, as reported by past research. Plus, it is not the right way to address stroke problem, which is related to lifestyle issues such as exercise and diet. The benefit of following the more comprehensive approach along with niacin (who can take it) is that it will address nearly every chronic degenerative disease,  and provide you with more vitality, strength and energy to enjoy life.  I’ve listed other specific lifestyle changes below that will also reduce your risk of not only seizure, but other diseases as well.

How to Prevent It

Going back to the ultimate treatment of it, which is really prevention, its relief to know that it can reduce up to 80 percent . Things that increase your stroke risk are same as to the things that increase heart risk, which are as following:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Elevated homocysteine levels and high triglycerides levels
  • High levels of LDL and low levels of HDL

So will exercising, eating natural, unprocessed foods and healthy weight could reduce your it’s risk?


You can also try EFT/MTT (Emotional Freedom Technique/Meridian Tapping Technique), to release the past stresses in your life to avoid stroke along with intake of niacin as a natural and potent remedy. Please always consult your physican before taking any measures about your health.

By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain

Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,

My E clinic


Science Daily

The Telegraph

Health Day