Niacin and Drug Testing
Niacin and Drug Testing
The debate on whether niacin can help a person “beat” a drug test is still on. Niacin or nicotinic acid, for those of you who have never heard of it, is a powerful vitamin called B3. It helps the body convert carbohydrates into fuel or protein.
Niacin does have some helpful effects including increasing the production of certain hormones that the body needs. It also improves circulation and can boost libido. Many people take niacin for health reasons and doctors sometimes prescribe it for some conditions.
Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin which means the body does not store it. Most people get all the B3 they need from their diets. B3 deficiencies are rare in theUnited StatesandCanada. Yet they do exist often among alcoholics and drug addicts.
Persons suffering from a niacin deficiency may develop a skin condition called pellagra. This disease is characterized by cracked skin and scaling on the skin. Some people with it may also suffer from dementia (memory loss and delusions) and diarrhea.
Benefits from Niacin
Niacin has been used as a treatment for high cholesterol since the 1950s. It does this by flushing cholesterol of the patient’s system. It can also slow down the development of heart disease and the hardening of the arteries in men.
B3 can also help with some of the symptoms of diabetes, but make other diabetes symptoms worse. Other health problems that it might help with include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Motion Sickness
Unfortunately, niacin’s use as a treatment for these problems has not yet been proven. Much more research is needed to verify these claims and to prove how helpful this vitamin really is.
How Niacin Can Beat Drug Tests
The reason why niacin might be able to help beat drug tests is that it serves as a sort of detoxification. That is, it actually flushes the body and gets rid of drugs or traces of drugs that the test might pick up. How effective it is at this point is up to debate, but there seems to be some truth to it.
A person that took large amounts of niacin in supplement or other form for a few days before the test might be able to beat it. To actually outwit the test, a person would have to stop using the drugs for several days. That means it might be possible to beat the test without niacin. B3 does not actually get rid of the drugs; it simply speeds up the process.
A person that went on a detoxification diet or used such cleansing methods as drinking large amounts of water or water mixed with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar might achieve the same results. Such a ritual would flush the drugs out of the body or at least out of a person’s urine.
Taking a niacin supplement could increase the rate of the cleansing and make a person feel better. There is also something called a Niacin flush. A person can achieve this by simply taking large doses of B3 or eating a lot of foods containing it.
The flush works by deliberately overdosing on B3 in an attempt to achieve a cleansing effect in the body. There is some evidence that flushing can increase weight loss, help the body build muscle and help a person grow hair back naturally.
Niacin is actually used by some athletes and professional bodybuilders for this process. Some of those professionals could be using it to beat drug tests which are common in some sports.
Foods that are Rich in Niacin
The way to increase the amount of niacin in your system is to simply eat a lot of foods that are rich in it. Average people should be available to significantly increase their consumption by adding such foods to their diets. Persons thinking about increasing niacin for cleansing, weight loss and health benefits should definitely increase it in their diets.
Foods that contain a lot of vitamin B3 include:
- Beef liver
- Beef kidney
- Sunflower seeds
- Kidney beans
- Soy beans
- Soy milk
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Simply eating more of these every day might help you increase the level of niacin in your system. The higher level can increase the effects of niacin and its level in the blood stream.
Something that you may not know is that your body also manufactures its own B3. It makes it from a substance called tryptophan. Poultry, red meat, eggs and dairy products are rich in tryptophan. Increasing the amount of these in your diet can raise your levels of niacin and achieve more of the cleansing effect.
You will probably have to increase the levels in your diet for several weeks to have a real effect. Simply eating a lot of beats right before the drug test probably will not help you pass it. Eating lots of niacin rich foods for several weeks could help you overcome it.
Combining foods rich in B3 with a niacin supplement could be a better method. Note that if you are increasing the consumption for other purposes such as weight loss or improving your health, eating a B3 rich diet is definitely the best way to go.
Niacin Supplements and the Niacin Flush
There are a wide variety of niacin supplements on the market today. Some people use these to try and achieve what is called the niacin flush. They take large amounts of B3 in hopes that it will “flush” out their symptoms by increasing circulation and speeding up some body functions. The flush is usually done as detoxification and is sometimes part of detox diets.
How to Achieve the Niacin Flush
The flush is actually achieved by deliberately taking an overdose of niacin. A typical method might be eating ten or twelve B3 capsules or tablets a day for several days. This is often done as a diet and as a means of building up muscle mass.
A person doing this might also eat a lot of niacin rich foods, for example, tuna sashimi as well as taking the supplement. The idea is to get as much B3 in the body as possible in order to achieve the maximum flushing effect.
You will know if you have achieved the flush if you feel a burning and tingling sensation in the face and the chest. Your skin will also become flushed.
This should flush chemicals and toxic wastes including drug and alcohol residue out of your system. You should feel a lot better after doing this and should also lose some weight as well. Many people will also use this to get rid of some minor ailments including colds and the flu.
Persons who undertake the flush should eat a high energy diet and get a large amount of exercise every day. Eating a plant based raw food diet like Yuri Elkaim’s Eating for Energy would be a good move at this time.
Always be careful when you are using the flush because it can have some health effects. If you take too much niacin, there can be some nasty side effects you do not want. It is also possible that you might flush other vitamins and nutrients out of your system.
Therefore, you might need to increase your intake of other supplements and of vitamin rich foods. A good idea would be to eat to a lot of high energy foods like eggs, nuts, beans and fish while you are on the diet.
One supplement you might consider taking at this time would be fermented cod liver oil which is very rich in B3 and other vitamins. This oil is also a very good source of proteins and omega-3 acids which are necessary for good health.
Something to remember is the longer you do the niacin flush, the more effective it will be. If you do it for several weeks, you should be able to completely detox your system which can improve your health and help you get around a drug test.
Something else to remember is that if you keep taking the drugs while detoxing, the effects will be lost. The best way to get the drugs out of your system is to just say “No” and stay off the drugs while you are trying to get them out of your system. If you keep taking the drugs, all of your flushing efforts will be wasted.
Now before you begin you should be aware of some possible serious side effects from niacin. Even though it can help you become healthier, there are some health problems that can result from taking too much niacin.
Potential Niacin Side Effects that You Should Be Aware of
Any dose of niacin over 50 milligrams can cause side effects, so you should be very careful with it. Persons with a history of certain health problems should definitely avoid it because high doses can make some health conditions much worse.
Most experts recommend against taking more than 50 mg of B3. Therefore, it might be a good idea to lower your consumption of the high niacin foods such as tuna or eggs if you are taking supplements.
You should also stop the flushes immediately if you feel any serious side effects. These include:
- Stomach or chest pain
- Stomach bleeding
- Memory loss
If you feel these or any side effects, stop the niacin flush immediately. You could be causing serious health problems.
Persons with a history of the following problems should never take niacin without a doctor’s prescription:
- Liver disease
- Liver damage
- Kidney disease
- Kidney damage
- High blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Stomach ulcers
- Cancer of the stomach, gallbladder, intestines, kidneys, liver or pancreas
If you’ve had any of these problems, do not take niacin supplements or go on a B3 rich diet unless told to do so by a doctor. There is a strong chance that increasing your intake of this supplement will make the problem much worse.
If you are taking certain drugs, there can be serious interactions with niacin so be very careful. If you’re taking any kind of prescription or you’re under the care of a homeopath or naturopathic doctor, it would be a good idea to consult with your physician before attempting any sort of niacin flush.
If you start taking any sort of medication while doing the flush, consult your health care provider about what you are doing. Something to remember is that doctors and other health care providers are bound by physician patient confidentiality. That means that it is illegal for your physician to tell anybody that you are trying to beat a drug test. You could actually sue the doctor and have his license taken away if he tells your boss or the police about what you are doing.
You should also be aware of the drugs that B3 might interact with so you can avoid taking them.
Drugs that niacin might interact with include:
- Antibiotics such as tetracycline – B3 can interfere with the absorption of antibiotics and limit their effects. If you are put on an antibiotic for an infection, it would be a good idea to stop taking niacin until you are off the drug.
- Aspirin – there are no harmful side effects, but it can reduce the flushing effect. Don’t take aspirin to counter the effects of flushing.
- Anti-seizure medications – these can have serious interactions with niacin. It can increase or limit the effects of some of these.
- Blood thinners or anticoagulants – niacin can increase the risk of bleeding, so don’t take it if you’re on one of these.
- Blood pressure medications – niacin can increase the effects of these. Ask your doctor before taking it if you are on them.
- Cholesterol medications – niacin can make these less effective, so avoid it if you are on them.
- Statins including Zocor – there is a possibility of liver damage or muscle inflammation if these are combined with vitamin B3.
- Diabetes medications – niacin can raise the level of blood sugars in your body so don’t take it if you have diabetes.
- Nicotine Patches – these can actually increase the effects of flushing. If you’re using one, the body may be flushing naturally so you don’t need to use niacin. Combining niacin and the patch can actually cause your body to flush too much and create other problems.
Even though niacin is not a drug, it can have some of the same effects as drugs. Always be careful when using B3 because it is powerful stuff. There can be side effects and interactions that you should be aware of. Remember keeping yourself healthy should always be more important than passing a drug test.