June 25, 2015

A Guide to Safe and Effective Niacin Flushing

Benefits of Niacin Flushing

One of the most popular health phenomena of the last few months is niacin flushing. Niacin flushing can be described as the act of taking in an overdose of vitamin b3, also known as niacin, in order to naturally detox the body. Regular niacin flushing can be a very healthy endeavor as it has the following benefits: Easier weight loss, improving cholesterol, growing back hair naturally and preventing depression. This article will explain how this is possible and more important: How you can achieve these benefits for yourself too.

Niacin Flushing

When you take in a surplus of niacin, your veins will become a little wider. As a consequence, the blood flow through your capillaries will improve greatly. The blood flow in these areas is normally relatively weak, so often toxic waste of the body is cluttered here. In this light, a niacin flush can be seen as a natural detox of the body. This process also lowers ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and improves ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL).

Another benefit of niacin flushing regularly is easier weight loss. However, do not regard niacin as some sort of magic pill to instantly drop weight. When you take in an overdose of niacin, your body will transform fat into energy, and this enables you to do more exercises at the gym or sprint longer. So niacin flushing indirectly helps you to shred some pounds.

Since niacin flushing improves blood flow, the circulation to the scalp is also greatly improved. This process stimulates the natural production of hair. Moreover, niacin decreases the amount of DHT your body makes. DHT is a form of testosterone that makes men bald at young age.

Lastly, one of the most overlooked causes of depression is a lack of micro-nutrients in your diet. One of these micro-nutrients is niacin. If you do not attain the daily recommended dose of 15-20 mg per day, you will inevitably become depressed, this phenomenon is also known as niacin depression. Niacin deficiency can also exist when you go out binge drinking for an extended period of time, since alcohol destroys niacin in the body.

Niacin Consumption

In order to experience these niacin benefits for yourself, you will have to either consume niacin through supplements or natural foods. I highly recommend the following niacin dense foods in order to achieve niacin flush effectively:

  1. Wild salmon | 12.1 mg vitamin b3 per 3 ounces serving.
  2. Organic turkey | 8.4 mg vitamin b3 per 3 ounces serving.
  3. Shiitake mushrooms | 4.4 mg vitamin b3 per cup.
  4. Lentils | 4.3 mg vitamin b3 per cup.
  5. Sun dried tomatoes | 6.3 mg vitamin b3 per 100 grams serving.

I highly recommend these foods over supplements, because they also contain other highly important micro-nutrients such as folic acid and vitamin A. Moreover, the chance of niacin side effects is much lower when you consume natural foods.

Natural Osteoarthritis Pain Relief with Ginger Root Extract

New research shows that an age-old root valued in Chinese cooking for hundreds of years is also a helpful all-natural pain reliever.

These results are based on a study, by Dr. R. Altman an associate at the Osteoarthritis Research Society and a scientist at UCLA Medical Center, carried out to assess how safe and helpful a standardized ginger extract was for volunteers that suffer with osteoarthritis in the knees.

Almost 250 volunteers took part in this study for more than 6 weeks, each person had moderate or severe arthritic pain. The volunteers were separated into groups, where one group received ginger extract and the other a placebo.

The final results determined that the volunteers issued the ginger extract experienced less pain when standing compared to the volunteers given a placebo. Total pain was also reduced in those volunteers who took the ginger extract.

The result of the study determined that the standardized extract of ginger had a substantial effect on pain in osteoarthritic volunteers.

Another study undertaken by Dr. Itamar Grotto in Israel, publicized in the Journal of Osteoarthritis Cartilage, observed comparable results for volunteers taking ginger extract.

The results appeared to demonstrate that study the volunteers didn’t receive immediate pain reduction, but after half a year, volunteers experienced significant pain reduction in comparison to the placebo group. Inflammation was also observed to have diminished. Whenever volunteers using the extract were changed to a placebo, they saw that the swelling came back.

Ginger has been utilized for 1000’s of year in Chinese medicine, in addition to flavoring food. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities, and is also rich in antioxidants. It’s also purported to provide a warming effect for joints, improving natural blood flow.

Because ginger is used so frequently in meals, it’s safe for anyone to try who has osteoarthritis or similar diseases for reducing pain and swelling. 1-2 grams each day of pure ginger extract is advised if you’re planning on using a supplement. Juice extracted from ginger root will also be helpful. Try juicing it in a masticating juice extractor like the Green Star or Hurom juicers, designed particularly for difficult to juice vegetables and roots.

Sources:
Arthritis Rheum. 2001 Nov;44(11):2531-8.
“Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.”
Altman RD, Marcussen KC.

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2003 Nov;11(11):783-9.
“The effects of Zintona EC (a ginger extract) on symptomatic gonarthritis.”
Wigler I, Grotto I, Caspi D, Yaron M.