Vitamin B3 (niacin) health benefits

B3 imageI recently found some health-related documentaries on Netflix that are pretty good. You may already know some of them, like “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, “Food, Inc”, and “Hungry for Change”, all of which are excellent.

Check them out if you haven’t already.

The one that really caught my attention though, is called “Food Matters”. It’s a little more laid-back in approach than the others, with mostly experts talking.

The theme of the film is how much your health could be improved by eating more healthy food, and not relying on the standard drugs and surgery approach to healthcare.

I was aware of several of the topics covered, such as mega-dose vitamin C to prevent and treat various illnesses and infections.

The thing that I hadn’t really heard about before was that Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, can be used to treat depression and lower your blood cholesterol. [Read more…]

Preventing sunburn – why and how

The suntan doesn’t tell the whole story

I have just come back from a week away in the sun and everyone is complimenting me on my tan.

Man with sunburnSo that’s great, right?

What these people didn’t see was me last week with purple skin, a big red nose, shoulders that were too painful to carry my backpack, and a permanently headache from my sunburnt head.

So that’s not so great!

I live in London and for most of the year there is very little sunshine. In the summer we do get some, but I’m generally too busy to sit out in it. [Read more…]