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Put A Little Spice in Your Life

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Do you know that adding spices to your food makes it more flavorful without adding any fat, salt or sugar. Many spices also contain various disease-fighting phytonutrients.

For example allspice, cinnamon, and cloves have much more antioxidant power than blueberries. Researchers at the University of Georgia found after analyzing 24 spices that most of them neutralized inflammatory substances that may lead to heart disease.


May control or prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer.


May improve brain performance


May help manage or prevent diabetes. Just a half-teaspoon a day for 40 days may reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by 25 percent.


Possibly help with weight control by boosting metabolism and suppressing appetite.

From Consumer Reports on Health


Thursday, December 25th, 2008

NIACINAMIDE © by C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the benefit of Niacin in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides as well as raising HDL cholesterol.  Another chemical variation of Niacin, Niacinamide (also called Nicotinamide), has far less effect on cholesterol but it has tremendous  positive effect on mental status, memory and arthritis!
Niacinamide is one of the mainstays of orthomolecular psychiatry, with benefits in schizophrenia, paranoia and hallucinations, as well as in insomnia.  It also has been beneficial in patients with early Parkinsonism.  Nicotinamide also offers significant protection of the brain in traumatic brain injury.  Niacinamide also reduces homocysteine neuronal toxicity.  One of the most interesting effects is that it induces differentiation of embryonic stem cells into insulin secreting cells.  It also is particularly helpful if used early after onset of Type I diabetes
Niacinamide does dilate blood vessels, although not as much as Niacin, and helps remove plaque from arteries. Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory effects. A drug, Nicarandil ®, derived from Niacinamide, has many too many complications for any consideration.  And some of those same problems can occur with the large dosages of Niacinamide required to treat psychoses and arthritis. The major “side effects” of Niacinamide are elevation of liver enzymes and diarrhea.  Topically Niacinamide reduces yellowing, red blotchiness and hyperpigmentation spots on the skin.
High dose Nicotinamide (or Niacinamide) was introduced to treat both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis over 50 years ago. Generally this means 3.5 to 4 grams of Niacinamide daily.  If you choose this route, and certainly it is safer than long term NSAID therapy, you should have liver enzymes checked at 6 months, one year and every year thereafter.  And if you develop diarrhea, obviously this is not the treatment for you! 

He was among the first physicians ever to specialize in the resolution of chronic pain.