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Niacin giving me old memories back

Discussion in 'Cognition' started by leaves, May 28, 2010.

  1. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    This is very weird; I'm taking high dose niacin ( together with someother b's) and hrs giving me very old memories back; I see back experiences from long ago, very intense. I like it a lot because normally my heads all fuZzy and I don't really have a memory.
    Anyone any ideas how come?
  2. Misfit Toy

    Misfit Toy Senior Member

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    I don't know why you are experiencing this, but I know with Niacin, I had all kinds of mood swings, flushing, having to go to the bathroom with loose stools. It did a number on me...and my brain!
  3. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    Hmm interesting that.
    At the moment I'm quite enjoying myself on memory Lane :)
    heheh
  4. rebecca1995

    rebecca1995 Apple, anyone?

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    leaves, I've had that exact same experience while on heavy metal chelators--DMSA and portions of the Yasko protocol--and while tapering off Klonopin. For me, the memories would return as I was falling asleep. I would vividly recall details of scenes that took place ten or twenty years ago, or more. Once I remembered the name and face of my friend's roommate, whom I met for a few hours in 1992. Bizarre.

    At the time I figured this was because my neurons were healing. Maybe the niacin is rebuilding your brain somehow. Are you taking B12 as one of the Bs? Perhaps it's kick-starting the methylation cycle, a means of moving metals/toxins out of your brain, according to some. :Retro smile:
  5. leaves

    leaves Senior Member

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    That is so fascinating!! It feels good actually, like some of my brain cells had a clean up :)



    Heheh gives the concept of brainwsh a new interpretation :)
    I remember a similar experience with clorella but that tapered off.
    If you don't mind me asking; how is your head Now? Any lasting benefits?

    I also take hydro b12 and I take about 4 jarrow b right daily.
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    lululowry Senior Member

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    leaves, how much niacin are you taking? I would love to get any part of my brain back.
  7. Alexia

    Alexia Senior Member

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    I'm suppose to start taking Niacin soon and my nutritionist advised me to start with very small quantities because it can give strong reactions. I'm fearing it a bit...
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    Min Senior Member

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    This is fascinating.

    I couldn't tolerate it as it made me itch like mad.
  9. rebecca1995

    rebecca1995 Apple, anyone?

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    leaves, the "memory-resurfacing" that I experienced during my Klonopin taper seemed to be a withdrawal symptom. As I reduced my dose, the symptom flared, then finally abated after my body had adjusted to being off the drug. It followed a similar course to the other withdrawal symptoms I experienced, many of them listed in The Ashton Manual. Dr. Ashton discusses how the brain gets damped down by benzos, then rebounds as benzos are withdrawn.

    I continue to have some memory-resurfacing, esp. as I fall asleep. I'm still on portions of the Yasko protocol, including all the supplements in Rich's simplified treatment, and I suspect the phenomenom is related to those supplements. I also tend to get it after taking activated charcoal, part of Yasko's treatment. (Note: be sure to take charcoal on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after food/meds/supplements.)

    Overall I would say my brain functions better as a result of these treatments, including going off Klonopin. A greater problem for me than poor memory is reduced cognitive stamina.

    Good luck with the niacin and other Bs!
  10. Misfit Toy

    Misfit Toy Senior Member

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    This is interesting. I wonder if I should try it again.
  11. caledonia

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    I had a similar experience with methylcobalamin (B12) from Rich's protocol. I picked up my guitar and was able to easily remember and play stuff I learned 20 years ago, when before it was all mush.

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