One of the greatest health trends of nowadays is niacin flushing. Niacin may be better known as vitamin b3. When you undergo a niacin flush, you basically take in an overdose of vitamin b3, in order to ‘flush’ the body. This can help you to detox the body of toxic waste stored in the fatty tissues. However, this is not the only benefit of overdosing niacin every now and then. Research has shown that niacin can also help you gain muscle, treat depression and grow back hair in a natural way. However, it has to be noted that undergoing a niacin flush, can have some pretty nasty side effects. This article will explain you everything you need to know about niacin flushing and its side effects.
First of all, it is important to know how you can achieve an overdose. The daily recommended dose of niacin for healthy human people is 15 to 20 mg per day. It is not very hard to attain this recommended dose, because almost all dairy and whole grain products contain some niacin.
However, in order to overdose and cause the benefits of niacin flushing, you will need at least 100 mg per day. This is slightly harder to reach, especially if you stick to dairy and whole grain products solely. There are some foods with a very high density of vitamin b3 that make it much easier to reach an overdose. The following list shows contains the best sources of niacin dense foods.
- Raw Crimini mushrooms
By consuming these foods, it is really easy to obtain 100 mg per day. You could also consume an overdose by supplements like slo-niacin, but I do not recommend this, because natural foods are healthier and also contain other crucial micro-nutrients like vitamin b 12.
Niacin overdosing can actually help you in bodybuilding. By consuming more than 100 mg niacin, you will instantly become more vascular. Vascularity is a very important factor in bodybuilding competitions, and it can certainly give you a competitive advantage. Furthermore, niacin can stimulate the generation of growth hormone which builds muscle and makes you gain strength.
Niacin deficiency can cause depression. Therefore, be very careful if you are in a country where it is hard to eat enough niacin rich foods, such as countries in Africa. Niacin deficiency can also exist when you binge drink a week long, because alcohol destroys vitamin b3 in the body.
Finally, niacin flush will improve your blood flow. Increased circulation to the scalp will stimulate natural hair growth. Furthermore, niacin can lower the production of DHT, a testosterone that causes baldness.