Niacin Flush is a slightly uncomfortable, prickly hot sensation, almost like pins and needles, that is usually more prominent around the face area or the back of the hands.
Technically, Niacin Flush is beneficial for our health and is not something to be feared in any way. In fact, many people in Asian countries will book themselves into a health clinic where part of the treatment is to induce this symptom by receiving large doses of Niacin which is Vitamin B3. Niacin causes the capillaries, which are the smallest of our blood vessels, to enlarge in size and thereby allow a rush of blood to flow through.
These tiny vessels are so small that Blood cells can only travel through them in single file. You might compare them to the size of a hair. Part of the Capillaries role is to nourish the cells and carry away toxins and waste. Now, add to this equation the fact that a lot of the toxins in the body are stored in fat cells.
These fat cells hold on to toxins to protect the organs, sometimes for years. Heavy stressful exercise or some other event may cause the fat cells to give up their toxins and when this happens, they can start slowly leaching out into the surrounding tissues. This escape of toxins into tissue is poisoning your system constantly.
Niacin Flushing for a Better Health
Niacin flushing helps to stimulate growth hormones that will put some muscle on your physique. When you take in a dose of niacin, your veins will widen a little and blood flow is greatly enhanced. This process is called niacin flushing because you essentially flush the system of toxic waste cluttered in the capillaries, where circulation is normally weak.
The primary benefit of taking this vitamin is that is would facilitate fast growth or enlarement of the capillaries so as to allow more blood to flow through, and that has no unwanted side effects. In fact, niacin does this by causing these miles of tiny capillaries to potentially double in size. This increase in size and the ensuing rush of blood is part of the reason for the reddening of the skin – this is cleansing at its best and most visible!
Also, Niacin helps in regulating blood circulation which in turn contributes to reduce cholesterol. It also induces the adrenal glands and other parts of the body which helps produce sex hormones and other stress relieving hormones.
Niacin is a very important part of any detox and should be used in conjunction with a regular healthy cleansing system. Do remember, that cleansing is and should be “a way of life” and not the quick fix that we have all come to expect these days. Twenty, thirty or fifty years of neglect can’t be rectified in a week or a month, but persevere, and the long term benefits for your health will be amazing. As usual: Go slowly when starting on Niacin or any new supplements if you are on medication and ask your Doctor’s advice if you are unsure.