Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before You Take Niacin Supplements - READ THIS RE: Skin Flushing

I thought i would do a post on the "niacin skin flush" which is a benign side effect that can happen when consuming certain types of Vitamin B3(niacin) supplements.

The form of niacin known as nicotinic acid is known to cause a harmless flushing of the skin, which can take individuals by surprise if they don't know that it can occur as a side effect or how intense it can be if unexpected for the first time.

Individuals may feel a warm intense prickly hot itching sensation as their skin goes red from the dilation.  It tends to only last for about 10-30 minutes and will reduce from there in intensity.

I though the skin flushing issue was worthy of a blog topic, because like i say it can take some individuals by surprise, enough so that some individuals have been known to rush to the hospital thinking that they are encountering a severe allergic reaction.

The skin flushing often only happens the first few times when taking niacin and can be a sign that you are taking too much of this vitamin.

After the flush one can often feel cold and shakey, i believe this is because the niacin causes mild hypoglycemia in some individuals who are prone to low blood sugar and the surge of adrenaline causes the cold/shakey feeling.  This again is a sign that you have probably taken too much niacin.

The most prominent health benefit attributed to Niacin, it the ability to lower levels of bad cholesterol(LDL and VLDL), while increasing good cholesterol(HDL) levels.  More so than any other drug and without serious side effect such as statin medications which can deplete co-enzyme q10 levels, cause heart failure amongst other side effects.

There are two other forms of niacin, nicotinamide (or niacinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate, which serve as sources of vitamin B3.

These two forms don't cause the skin flushing side effect, however they also don't possess the same health benefits that the nicotinic acid form of Vitamin B3(niacin) does, when it comes to improving cholesterol profile.

Scottish Heather Honey Has Potent Anti-Bacterial Properties And Kills MRSA

Scientific research has verified that Scottish Heather Honey may be even more effective than the popular New Zealand Manuka Honey for beating bacterial infections.

The study, published in The Veterinary Journal, was carried out by Mr Patrick Pollock, an equine surgeon, and colleagues at the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

A keen bee-keeper, Mr Pollock was interested to know if honeys other than Manuka might make effective anti-bacterial wound dressings.

‘Honey helps to promote healing, cleaning the wound and keeping it free from infection. If vets were able to use locally-sourced, cheaper honey as a wound dressing, it would be very beneficial, particularly in poorer countries.’

The researchers took 29 honey products, including commercial medical grade honeys, supermarket honeys and honeys from local bee-keepers, and examined them for bacterial contamination before testing.

Of the 29, 18 were found to contain bacteria that excluded them from the trial and the remaining 11 were tested against 10 equine bacterial isolates at concentrations varying from 2% to 16%.
Eight of the honeys were effective against all the bacteria at concentrations ranging from 2% to 6%.

Heather honey from the Inverness area was shown to be particularly effective – killing MRSA microbes and three other types of bacteria at concentrations of 2%.

Multi-floral honeys were found to be less effective in the study when it came to their anti-microbial properties.

Traditionally honey has been used medicinally by many cultures including the Egyptians.  Honey has broad spectrum anti-microbial(anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral) properties, soothes the digestive system, rich source of antioxidants and may prevent certain cancers, increases energy, reduces cough and throat irritation.

Darker honeys tend to be richer in antioxidants than the milder color honeys.  Raw honeys are the best way to consume honey in my opinion because they often contain traces of bee pollen and other nutritive factors such as propolis and royal jelly.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ? You Might Be Deficient In Co-Enzyme Q10

There is now a growing body of scientific research which shows that individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME are deficient in a vitamin-like substance known as Co-Enzyme Q10.

Co-Enzyme Q10 plays a major role in ATP(energy) production, so its not surprising at all that deficiencies and low levels of this nutrient can cause chronic fatigue and many other symptoms.

Many experts such as Dr Sarah Myhill believe that mitochondrial dysfunction to be the central cause of chronic fatigue syndrome and i would definitely agree with their hypothesis after my own personal battle with CFS.

Some nutrients that are worth testing for include co-enzyme Q10, red blood cell magnesium, zinc, copper, l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid, which can be tested for using spectralcell intracellular micronutrient testing.

Personally after years of crippling exhaustion, chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, poor exercise tolerance and a myriad of other symptoms, i decided it was time to get my co-enzyme q10 levels checked.

Not surprisingly my test came back that i was SEVERELY deficient in Co-Enzyme Q10.

My test results below from Medi Checks. (Click to view full-size image).

Prior to having done these sort of tests, i was just being constantly fobbed off by doctors that my chronic health problems were just anxiety, depression or even psycho-somatic for around 10+ years.  I trialled many anti-depressants such as citalopram and mirtazapine on my doctors orders with no benefit and encountering many side-effects in the process.

Even when i presented my doctor many of the private tests such as the above that i had gone to the point of financially funding myself, my doctor hadn't even heard of Co-Enzyme Q10 before and as such was obviously of no help.

I find it quite embarrasing for a general practitioner to have never heard of a nutrient as important as Co-Enyme Q10.  These doctors probably prescribe statin(cholesterol lowering) drugs daily to their patients and as the research has shown statin medications lower levels of Co-Enyme Q10, which induces mitochondrial dysfunction and statins are even proven to cause heart failure.  Many of these doctors simply don't have a clue about the drugs they are prescribing half the time.

We rely on these doctors to get us well, but the majority seem to be not only clearly under-educated when it comes to health problems such as CFS/ME, but the majority are also completely not interested in helping you get well.

Im not one for conspiracy theories, but it really does seem to be about prescribing anti-depressants and often pointless therapies such as CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).  Some of the counselling and CBT that i received on the NHS was beyond pathetic, most of these physicians were more interested in fighting with me, rather than helping me get well.

I would love to be able to go back now to these past doctors and psychiatrists to show them the burden of proof that i have built with real tests, which show that my CFS and many other health problems had many bio-chemical under-lying root causes such as impairments in ATP production(co-enzyme q10 deficiency), hpa-axis dysregulation aka "adrenal fatigue" and low cortisol levels, genetic defects such as pyrrole disorder(pyroluria)/disturbed vitamin B6/zinc metabolism, toxic heavy metal overload and many other issues that required being corrected. 

When you have chronic health problems such as CFS/ME or any auto-immune disease for that matter, you really have to take your own health into your hands if you want to get well

Id love to ask these doctors how taking anti-depressants or paced exercise was going to rectify this underlying and very important pathophysiology in Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiency.

There is a good study which showed that Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiency in individuals with CFS/ME was related to the fatigue, autonomic and neuro-cognitive symptoms that these people suffer from.

Not only that, but the study found that Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiency was another risk factor explaining the early mortality in ME/CFS due to cardiovascular disorder.

Which in my opinions just goes to show how important a role Co-Enzyme Q10 deficiency plays in the pathophysiology of chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

Like many other studies, the research found that Co-Enzyme Q10 levels were once again significantly lower in those with CFS/ME and that there was a significant and inverse relationship between Co-Q10 levels and the severity of the symptoms such as fatigue, concentration and memory disturbances.

The study below is well worth a read for any individual diagnosed with ME/CFS, as is getting your Co-Enzyme Q10 levels tested for.


1.  Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is related to fatigue, autonomic and neurocognitive symptoms and is another risk factor explaining the early mortality in ME/CFS due to cardiovascular disorder.