Newest Health Trend
One of the greatest health trends of 2011 is niacin flushing. Niacin flushing entails that you consciously take in an overdose of niacin in order to detox the body of toxic waste. It was already known that niacin overdosing is an excellent method of lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and improving good cholesterol (HDL). However, niacin flushing can also have other profound effects on areas like depression, hair growth and bodybuilding. This article will tell you how this is possible and how you can achieve this yourself too.
Depression and angst
The daily recommended dose of niacin is around 15-20 mg per day. Fortunately, for people living in the Western part of the world, it is quite easy to attain this amount by normal diet. Almost all diary and whole grain products contain some amounts of vitamin b3 (niacin). However, if you go out binge drinking for a while, or travel to less developed countries, you might get a niacin deficiency.
When your body is deficient in niacin, it will use the amino acid tryptophan in order to produce niacin itself. However, tryptophan is also used for the production of a hormone called serotonin that causes ‘happy feelings’. Needless to say, if your body uses all of tryptophan in order to make niacin, you can become depressed because of the deficiency of serotonin. Therefore, it is very important to attain the daily recommended dose of niacin.
By undergoing a niacin flush, your veins will instantly widen. This process will improve the blood flow. As a consequence, blood flow to the scalp will improve too, and this is beneficial for hair growth. Niacin flushing also counters the production of DHT, a form of testosterone that makes you bald. Men that are bald early often have much DHT in their body.
There are two ways in which niacin can help you in bodybuilding. First of all, when you do a niacin flush, your vascularity will improve. Vascularity can give you an edge during bodybuilding contests. Moreover, a high amount of niacin in your body can stimulate the production of growth hormone. Growth hormone causes you to become stronger and build muscle. In order to guarantee optimal results, it is best to take in the niacin on an empty stomach, an hour before you go to sleep.
Niacin flushing is not only good for detoxing the body and improving cholesterol, but it can also help treating depression, grow hair back naturally and build muscle. A niacin overdose can be attained by consuming niacin dense foods or taking in supplements.