Niacin

Niacin’s Effect on Blood Flow and Circulation in the Body

Written by Ann Winters

Niacin is found in various foods that we eat such as chicken, turkey, peanuts, mushrooms, peas, dark green vegetables, avocado, and tuna among many others.

Niacin can also be taken as a supplement and has many healthy benefits such as increases in energy levels, brain function, alertness, and even naturally increases the body’s HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels which play a large role in muscle mass, bone density, growth in children, and even the metabolizing of fats and sugars.

Another name for Niacin is Vitamin B 3, which is one of the six B vitamins.

What an Increase of Blood Flow Does for the Body

Blood circulation is extremely important for the body’s overall health and function. As you heart pumps blood throughout your body, the red blood cells carry oxygen to all of your vital organs.

The blood also delivers nutrients and proteins to the muscles and removes toxins from the body.

When blood flow is inhibited every muscle and organ cannot function optimally.

Having an increase of circulation and blood flow to every part of your body will promote organ function and new cell growth.

A healthy circulation and blood flow will also benefit your skin, giving it a healthy color and warm temperature.

The brain also benefits from an increase of blood flow and circulation. In fact, studies have shown that by increasing blood flow to the brain, this will improve memory and overall function.

How Niacin Can Improve Blood Flow and Health

Soon after taking niacin, many people have reported a “tingling” or even an “itchy” sensation. That’s because niacin literally dilates the blood vessels that are near the surface of the skin, this also causes the skin to appear red and flushed. It’s a perfectly normal effect and does not cause harm in any way though some might find it a bit uncomfortable.

By dilating (enlarging) the blood vessels, this will allow for more blood to flow, delivering more oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body.

An article published by Berkley Wellness shows that niacin can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Not only that but it shows to raise the good (HDL) levels of cholesterol in the body.

High levels of bad cholesterol will increase your risk of heart disease. Also, when bad cholesterol levels are high, this can mean fatty deposits in the blood vessels. After time, these deposits can build up and make it difficult for blood to flow through.

By taking daily doses of niacin, the bad cholesterol levels can be lowered and blood will be allowed to flow more freely through the vessels.

Another article written by Doctor Julian Whitaker, founder of Whitaker Wellness Institute, states that niacin can improve upon the distance that people who suffer with peripheral artery disease can walk by increasing blood flow to the areas. PAD is narrowing of the arteries in the lower extremities which causes low blood circulation and pain.

Niacin has many amazing benefits for the health, is a natural substance found in many foods that we already eat, and is shown to be effective in many studies.