Niacin for Detoxification: A Little-known Therapeutic Use


Published reports about using niacin as part of the Hubbard regimen suggest that therapeutic doses of niacin can facilitate detoxification by reducing the burden of lipid-stored xenobiotics. Three reports have not shown niacin to be capable of masking the results of urine drug testing.

Niacin might help to remove lipid-stored xenobiotics by inducing the release of free fatty acids from the liver, by supporting phase I and II detoxification pathways, and/or by cutaneous reactions and peripheral vasodilatation that increase diaphoresis. Future analysis and research into the capabilities of niacin to enhance the body’s detoxification capabilities may clarify niacin’s mechanism of action and encourage the further refinement of detoxification protocols.


Read the Full Paper by Jonathan E. Prousky, ND, MSc1,2 1 Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer, Professor, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1255 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M2K 1E2

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