The prescription anti depressants Valium® and Librium® are tranquilizers. They are effective because their molecules fit neatly into special brain cell receptors. The technical name for these tranquillizers is benzodiazepine. Where they attach to the brain cells are the benzodiazepine receptors. These molecules fit precisely into the brain cells receptors like a key into a lock.
These tranquilizers can damage the brain cell receptors when used with alcohol by reducing their sensitivity and contributing to alcohol addiction in addition to other significant side effects.
Vitamin B3 or niacinamide is a natural molecule that has many uses in the body. It also binds into the benzodiazepine receptors, which induces calm and tranquility.
Severe mental depression and actual insanity can occur by a deficiency of niacinamide. The most striking examples of this are in the niacinamide deficiency disease pellagra, which can involve vivid imaginings and persecutions. Such cases can subside within a period of 48 hours by the administration of the missing nutrient, niacinamide.
Individuals after the administration of niacinamide have become completely coherent. Even a wildly delirious victim of pellagra may within 36 hours become calm and rational after a dose of this missing vitamin. Niacinamide is essential for brain metabolism.
Another natural nutrient, Inositol, a vitamin B type nutrient, also binds into the benzodiazepine receptors with niacinamide. This also relieves depression and enhances the binding of niacinamide as well. Studies show that individuals suffering from depression have lower than normal levels of Inositol in their spinal fluid.
A daily dose of 250 milligrams to 3000 milligrams of niacinamide and 1000 to 5000 milligrams of Inositol are reasonable amounts to relieve depression. It is best to take both.
In addition, these nutrients also work well in conjunction with another natural nutrient, GABA explained in more detail here.
Niacinamide may induce temporary drowsiness. Ether adjusting the dose or continued use usually relieves this condition.
All of the above are available without prescription at most health food stores or pharmacies. In order not to create deficiencies of the other B vitamins it is a wise idea to take a B complex vitamin containing all of the B vitamins when taking individual B vitamins.
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