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“Niacinamide is a nutrient that inhibits the release of fatty acids, and it also activates phagocytic activity and lowers phosphate. It protects against the development of scars in the spinal cord injuries, facilitates recovery from traumatic brain injury, and accelerates healing generally. While it generally supports immunity, it’s protective against autoimmunity. It can cause tumor cells to either mature or disintegrate, but it prolongs the replicate life of cultured cells, and protects against excitotoxicity.
The amounts needed seem large if niacinamide is thought of as “vitamin B3,” but it should be considered as a factor that compensates for our unphysiological exposure to inappropriate fats. Aspirin and vitamin E are other natural substances that are therapeutic in “unnaturally” large amounts because of our continual exposure to the highly unsaturated plant-derived n-3 and n-6 fats.”
-Ray Peat, PhD
“Suppressing fatty acid oxidation improves the contraction of the heart muscle and increases the efficiency of oxygen use (Chandler, et al., 2003). Various drugs are being considered for that purpose, but niacinamide is already used to improve heart function, since it lowers the concentration of free fatty acids.”
-Ray Peat, PhD
"I have not found sugar causing weight gain in the least bit, although prior to eating this way, I believed sugar was the root of all evils and caused weight gain. Starch on the other hand, is infinitely more challenging for me to digest properly and I notice immediate bloat in the abdomen. In fact, since switching from honey as my sugar source to white sugar, I feel even better.
Any time I have felt worse eating this way, it has been after starch--potatoes, non-recommended cheese, and non-recommended fruits. And like you, I was not used to eating anything sweet prior to this and when I did, I would have terrible reactions. Has completely changed since eating this way. My experience has been that the best result for me is to drop all starch and primarily stick with liquids, and small quantities of meats, seafood, etc."