As promised in the last newsletter... I wanted to also go over with you the importance of protecting your body from radiation.
There is an easy way to GET RID OF RADIATION, lower cholesterol, improve heart health, reduce risk of heart attack, lower triglycerides, reduce stroke risks, and improve blood flow in your body...
Almost sounds too good to be true... but it is true! and it's easy and cheap!
Niacin is a water-soluble B vitamin - vitamin B3 - and the common name for 2 very different compounds: "nicotinic acid" and "niacinamide". High doses of niacin (as nicotinic acid) can lower cholesterol levels (although the exact mechanism of action is still not known). The other form of niacin (nicotinamide or niacinamide) does not open blood vessels wider nor provide a cholesterol-lowering effect.
Niacin has the well-known effect of causing "vasodilation", often called the niacin flush, which is an opening of the small blood vessels, the capillaries, so that more blood flows through them. These are the blood vessels which are of most value in reaching fatty tissues. In this way the toxins which are stored in these fatty tissues can be removed, into the bloodstream, and processed out of the body. However, niacin is also made in the form of niacinamide - a form of vitamin B3 which, deliberately, is manufactured so that it will NOT cause dilation of the blood vessels - the flush so well known when using plain niacin. A detoxification program which features the use of niacinamide and also claims to improve blood circulation would be based on false science.
It's important to note that this niacin flush is not harmful or dangerous. Some people worry about it, but it is actually a sign of improved blood flow.
When you get the niacin "flush", it's an indication that the niacin is causing small blood vessels in your body to be expanded in size. Many of your small blood vessels, called "capilaries" are so small that blood cells can only go through them in single file. Sometimes, in fact, that small capilary passageway is clogged and blood doesn't get through at all.
While the large organs of the body all have blood supplied from large arteries, a great deal of your body, particularly the parts near the skin, get their ONLY supply of blood (therefore also of oxygen and nutrients) from these small capillaries. The niacin causes these small capilaries to expand - so they might be able to carry 2 or 3 blood cells at the same time. This is a tremendous increase in blood flow.
You experience this as a "flushing" of the skin, simply because there is more blood close to the surface of the body. As the blood flows in these areas, the cells of the small capilaries will also be getting rid of their waste products, and often they produce 'histamine' as part of this process. That histamine is another natural substance produced by every cell in the body when a cell is under attack, or is eliminating toxins. Histamine causes an 'itchy' feeling.
The cardiovascular benefits of niacin have been studied in several major clinical trials (1-5). The primary cardiovascular measures such as cholesterol and triglyceride levels, strokes and heart attacks are all significantly reduced with niacin therapy (sometimes used alone and sometimes used along with other drug therapy). Overall, the use of niacin (nicotinic acid, but not the other form called "niacinamide") to treat or prevent high levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is well substantiated. In a large number of clinical trials, niacin has been shown to consistently lower total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol - by about 20% - and triglycerides - by 10 to 25%, while increasing levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol - by 15 to 25%.
There are several precautions which one needs to implement however when one uses niacin. Niacin usually has a "flush effect" - which is not harmful - associated with it which is very similar to the hot flashes women experience during menopause. Niacin supplements are available in regular and "timed-release" forms. Timed-release versions of niacin have been made available to avoid this "flush" effect. The problem with most TIMED-RELEASED niacin is that they are associated with a high degree of liver problems.
The timed-release forms of nicotinic acid are intended for a prolonged release of niacin during its 6-8 hour transit time in the intestines, but timed-release niacin is also associated with greater toxicity and safe doses are only about half of normal-release forms of niacin.
In the high doses used for controlling cholesterol levels (anything above 100mg/day), nicotinic acid can cause skin flushing and skin itching as well as headaches, lightheadedness and low blood pressure. The niacinamide form of niacin does not cause these side effects, but it is also NOT effective in reducing cholesterol levels, so it is seldom taken in such high doses. The slow-release versions of niacin supplements have the potential for causing liver damage (even at "lower" doses of 500mg/day) - so blood tests to monitor for liver damage are recommended and high-dose niacin supplementation should only be undertaken under the guidance of a natural physician.
Niacin, also known as "nicotinic acid," is found in red meat, chicken, turkey, beans, and grains. It is a required nutrient and a member of the vitamin B family. Have you ever taken a B complex vitamin pill that triggered a strange burning sensation of the skin? If so, that was the niacin you experienced while taking it. Niacin plays a crucial role in energy production, gene expression, and hormone synthesis. Humans cannot exist without it.
When taken at doses greater than the RDA, niacin confers an array of health benefits. When taken at doses greater than the recommended daily allowance, niacin brings about an array of health benefits including;
ءIncreases in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) by 20-35%. No other available over-the-counter treatments, and very few drugs, are as effective.
ءDecreases small low-density lipoprotein (small LDL) particles. Small LDL is an important yet underappreciated cause of heart disease. Niacin is the most effective agent known for correcting this abnormal pattern.
ءDecreases triglycerides by 30%. Niacin is especially effective when taken with fish oil (at doses of 4000 mg a day, providing 1200 mg of EPA/DHA).
ءDecreases very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) particles.
ءDecreases lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a). No other treatment approaches the power of niacin to reduce the genetically determined pattern of high Lp(a), which is among the mot serious risk factors for heart disease.
ءDecreases low-density lipoprotein (LDL), usually by 20-40 mg/dL, or 5-25%.
Niacin blocks the release of fatty acids from fat cells. Fewer fatty acids are passed through to the liver, resulting in fewer VLDL particles. Less VLDL leads to less small LDL and higher HDL. Niacin also improves endothelial function and nitric oxide synthase activity.
Niacin's benefits are not limited to its influence on blood markers of cardiovascular disease risk. It also reduces heart attack risk dramatically. The Coronary Drug Project was the first to establish that niacin is a powerful agent in lowering heart attack risk. When more than 1,000 heart attack survivors were given 3000 mg of (immediate-release/crystalline) niacin daily for six years, the incidence of recurrent non-fatal heart attacks was reduced by 27%, and the number of strokes was reduced by 26%.
In the well-known HDL-Atheroscelerosis Treatment Study (HATS), 160 participants were given niacin and simvastatin (Zocor) or a placebo. Compared to the placebo group, the group receiving niacin and simvastatin experienced a 90% reduction in death and myocardial infraction over three years. In other words, coronary events were nearly eliminated. Although the study sample was small, its results were striking. By comparison, statin drugs alone typically reduce heart attack risks by 25-35%. The 90% reduction achieved in the HATS trail was truly remarkable.
Despite niacin's track record, many physicians have never learned how o use it effectively. Statin drugs have caused many physicians to forget how effective niacin can be. This is a shame, because niacin can be a powerful agent in fighting heart disease, when used alone or in combination with other treatments (especially fish oil as we carry in our MAINTAIN (omega 3) product!).
You can employ several strategies to greatly minimize or even eliminate niacin-induced hot flushes including;
ءDrink plenty of water. This is very important and especially helpful when you experience a hot flush: drink two 8-12 ounce glasses of water immediately and then the hot flush will almost always disappear within a few minutes. If you need to drink water to block hot flushes but find yourself getting up several times a night to urinate, take your niacin with dinner or breakfast. If you are restricting your fluid intake because of kidney or heart disease, water retention or diuretic use, talk with your doctor before increasing your water intake.
ءTake niacin after consuming a small handful of nuts, such as 5-10 raw almonds, walnuts or pecans. This will slow niacin's absorption in the body. You may want to skip this if you're limiting calorie intake for weight loss.
*While some people recommend taking niacin with low-fat snacks, I discourage this approach, as low-fat snacks like crackers contribute to increased levels of dangerous small LDL.
ءAvoid alcohol and spicy foods when taking niacin. This strategy is not crucial for everyone, as only some people are sensitive to this phenomenon. You can consume alcohol and spicy foods apart from your use of niacin--for example, having a glass of wine at 7p.m. and then taking niacin at 9 p.m. Only few people will have more flushing due to combination.
Researchers have found that niacin has been a definite point of study as an antidote to radiation exposure and has also proven to be an extraordinary effective catalyst for the discharging of radiation OUT of the fatty tissues in your body!
NOTE: Anyone with liver disease, including those who consume more than 2 drinks of alcohol daily, should not take high-dose niacin. People with ulcers should avoid niacin. YOU MUST EAT FOOD when taking niacin (not just a snack!) and drink plenty of water.