How Vitamin B3 is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
Vitamin B3, a critical nutrient for the proper functioning of your body, is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this powerful ingredient work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
What is Vitamin B3?
Vitamin B3 is an antioxidant that's present in many foods, and as one of the B-complex vitamins, it's necessary for the body's daily functioning. It helps convert food into glucose, providing the body with energy, and is prescribed as a supplement to lower cholesterol. Typically it's taken as an oral supplement but has also shown a variety of potential benefits when used topically, and it's for these antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that we've chosen it for Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel.
Vitamin B3 and Healthy Skin
Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, has many potential benefits for skin health that have relevance for athletes:
- Protein building: Niacinamide helps build keratin, a key protein in skin cells that keeps your skin firm and healthy.
- Moisture retention: Niacinamide helps your skin grow a ceramide (lipid) barrier, that retains moisture, preventing your skin from drying out.
- Oil regulation: Sweating as much as an athlete does can cause excessive production of oil in your sebaceous glands. Niacinamide can help regulate oil production to prevent oily skin.
- Skin protection: Niacinamide's ability to consistently rebuild healthy cells and retain moisture in your skin can protect your skin against sun damage and oxidative stress that can occur from intense physical activity, especially outdoors.
In addition, Vitamin B3 in multiple forms can be used to help treat numerous, inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and eczema.
Vitamin B3 and Inflammation
You may have noticed that many of the conditions above can involve oxidative stress and inflammation. As an antioxidant, Vitamin B3 can reduce oxidative stress, the imbalance of antioxidants and harmful free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress is indicated in many dangerous conditions, but most relevant here is its potential involvement in inflammatory diseases. An inflammatory disorder can cause chronic pain and fatigue, as well as joint damage, impeding your ability to stay active as well as your athletic capabilities and basic mobility. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Vitamin B3 can help repair damage to your body, reduce oxidative stress, and both prevent and reduce inflammation.
The moisture-retaining capabilities of Vitamin B3 also have implications that go deeper than the skin's surface. Water is the largest component of cartilage, comprising up to 80 percent of the cartilage in our joints. When this water is lost, the joints have less lubrication, causing cartilage to wear down over time. This can have a massive effect on athletes, as increased frequency and intensity of joint movement can wear down the cartilage that much faster.
Are you looking to boost your athletic performance and improve recovery time from physical exertion? Try Mountain Ice Muscle Therapy Gel today!