Overdosing Vitamin B3

One of the greatest trends in health of the last few years is niacin flushing. This entails that you deliberately take in a surplus of niacin (vitamin B3) in order to cause vasodilation in the system.  This has several health benefits including but not limited to: Improved cholesterol, prevention of depression and shredding a few pounds. The purpose of this article is to show how niacin works, how you can enjoy these benefits yourself too and finally how to avoid side effects people often complain about.

Niacin Flushing the System

When you take in the overdose of niacin, your veins will instantly become a little wider and this greatly enhances the circulation. Basically, you give the body a chance to get rid of waste cluttered in places in the veins where blood flow normally is weak. This process also improves the cholesterol.

Moreover, you need niacin in your diet in order to prevent depression. If your body is low in niacin, it will use tryptophan instead to produce niacin by itself. However, the body also needs tryptophan in order to make serotonin, a hormone that causes joyful feelings. If all tryptophan must be used for niacin production, you will inevitably become depressed, a phenomenon also known as niacin depression.

Finally, niacin flushing can help to shred some pounds. In the flushing period the body transforms a little bit of fat into energy. This extra burst of energy can be used to run a little bit longer on the tread mill or do a few exercises more at the gym.

Consuming Niacin: 2 Ways

You can take in niacin either by eating lots of niacin dense foods or by niacin supplements. Both methods are perfectly fine, but personally I prefer to just eat lots of niacin dense foods, because these foods also contain other crucial micro-nutrients. The following foods are great to achieve a niacin flush.

  1. Organic chicken| 9.2 mg vitamin b3 (niacin) per 2 ounces.
  2. Sun dried tomatoes | 8.7 mg vitamin b3 (niacin) per 50 grams.
  3. Raw Crimini mushrooms | 3.2 mg vitamin b3 (niacin) per 4 OZ.
  4. Peanut butter | 8.3 mg vitamin b3 (niacin) per 2 ounces.
  5. Wild salmon | 6.6 mg vitamin b3 (niacin) per 2 ounces.

Avoiding Niacin Side Effects

In order to avoid niacin side effects, it is best to spread niacin intake over the whole day. Monitor consumption closely, and be sure to keep in the 50-120 mg range. Amounts exceeding 180 mg will certainly lead to nasty side effects like a red skin and diarrhea. Finally, drink lots of water.