20. Sugar for Hiccups
When it comes to hiccups, there are many recommendations that may or may not work: hold your breath, drink water upside down, or the famous pull your tongue. However, you might want to consider sugar. Yes, this sweet tiny grain can help. “Eating the grainy sugar crystals forces you to swallow harder than normal, and this resets your diaphragm” to help stop the spasms, says Claire Martin, an Oakland, California based nutritionist.
19. Niacin for High Cholesterol
Studies have shown that by taking niacin (vitamin B3), you can lower LDL (or bad cholesterol) by 10 percent and triglycerides by 25 percent, and also raise HDL (good) cholesterol by 20 to 30 percent. High doses can cause gastrointestinal problems, liver damage, and glucose intolerance.
18. Valerian for Insomnia
This natural herb can help you fall asleep faster than most sleeping pills. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain that tranquilizers such as Valium bind to. Take one half to one teaspoon of valerian tincture or two valerian root capsules 30 minutes before bed.