How Niacin Relates To Your Exercise Habits

All B vitamins, including B3, or Niacin, are instrumental to the body in converting food into energy efficiently.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Since B vitamins are water soluble, meaning the body does not store them, it is necessary to get enough of these vitamins every day. A deficiency in niacin can cause symptoms like indigestion, vomiting, fatigue, poor circulation and depression.

Ingesting too much niacin for a prolonged period of time can cause liver damage, dizziness, skin conditions and cardiovascular arrhythmia. It is important, therefore to use caution when seeking the benefits of increasing the amounts of niacin you ingest.


How Does Niacin Affect Exercise?

Stabilizing the amounts of niacin in your diet can reverse the fatigue caused by a deficiency. This alone can have an effect on the volume of exercise a person is capable of; if you aren’t tired, your drive to move increases.

Niacin Increases Athletic Performance

The recommended dosage for women is 14 milligrams per day. For men it is 16 milligrams. Increasing this to 2 grams creates a chemical reaction in the body that is similar to what happens during exercise.

Effectively, the niacin has convinced the brain that the body is exercising, which triggers the metabolism. With this increased metabolic activity, the brain is triggered into moving more.

It’s a chain reaction between metabolism, exercise and increased weight loss.


Other Effects Of Increasing Niacin Intake

Studies have shown that niacin stimulates the body to release the human growth hormone, which among other things is used when the muscles of the body heal after working out.

This effect speeds up the healing time, making exercise a less daunting task as the resulting soreness doesn’t last as long.

 Effects of Niacin on the male body

Thus the chain reaction continues. The better you feel, the more you exercise. The more you exercise, the better you feel. Niacin can be used as a catalyst and as a sustaining buffer.

Niacin is easily found in many common foods such as salmon, tuna, sunflower seeds and beets, so taking a supplement isn’t necessary (although recommended if you’re in a hurry), simply add these foods to your diet. If you are looking for a jumpstart, there are many good supplements available, just be sure to use discretion and check with your doctor if you are on any medication to see if an adverse interaction might take place.

If you are deficient in niacin, which is rare, your doctor can give you a prescription or give you a B3 shot.

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