How Niacin Can Help With Raynaud’s Syndrome

Ep 105
In this "Reinvent Healthcare" episode, I talk about how niacin can help with Raynaud's disease, a condition affecting circulation to fingers and toes, especially in cold climates. I go into detail about niacin's role as a vasodilator, potentially easing symptoms and improving circulation for Raynaud's clients. Join me and listen in as I highlight Niacin's transformative potential in managing Raynaud's and promoting overall wellbeing.


Mechanism of Raynaud’s and Niacin’s Vasodilatory Role
Raynaud’s results from abnormal nerve control of blood vessel diameter, leading to abnormal responses to cold and stress. Niacin, a form of vitamin B3, acts as a vasodilator by stimulating the release of prostaglandins, causing capillaries to expand and increasing blood flow to the skin. This vasodilation can potentially alleviate symptoms of Raynaud’s by improving circulation to the affected areas.

Niacin as a Potential Treatment for Raynaud’s
While there is limited scientific evidence from double-blind placebo-controlled studies, anecdotal evidence suggests that niacin supplementation may help improve symptoms of Raynaud’s. The vasodilatory effects of niacin, coupled with its ability to release histamine, make it a potential candidate for managing Raynaud’s symptoms.

However, caution is advised regarding dosing, as individual tolerances vary, and very high doses of niacin may lead to side effects such as liver toxicity, gastrointestinal issues, and interactions with medications. Gradual titration and monitoring of symptoms are recommended to find an effective and safe dosage for individuals with Raynaud’s disease.

Niacin Dosage for Raynaud’s Relief
I always suggest going low and slow, so start with small amounts of niacin, such as around 50 milligrams, and gradually increase the dosage while monitoring the duration and intensity of the flush reaction. This personalized approach allows individuals to find the optimal dosage for managing Raynaud’s symptoms without experiencing discomfort or adverse effects. Additionally, it is good to experiment with niacin supplementation to achieve the desired therapeutic effect while minimizing potential side effects.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.