Did You Know That Niacin Can Improve Your Cholesterol Levels?
Niacin has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Taking niacin is regarded to be a natural way to lower LDL cholesterol levels without the unwanted side effects experienced with regular medications. Niacin supplements have been found to be as effective as, if not more effective than statin drugs in lowering bad cholesterol.
Niacin also aids in raising HDL cholesterol.
We recently read an interesting article from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist who has an integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease.
He discussed the benefits of incorporating Niacin into your daily routine.
Dr. Sinatra says, “It’s one of the best nutrients for raising HDL cholesterol. A research roundup completed by Mark Houston, M.D., from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, revealed that niacin increased HDL levels by 10 percent to 30 percent. Higher HDL levels leads to plaque regression. In fact, the higher your HDL levels, the greater the protection in your blood vessels.
- Niacin does an excellent job of lowering the small, dense LDL cholesterol particles that can clog your arteries.
- Niacin was shown to reduce triglycerides by 20 percent to 50 percent.
- Niacin is the only nutrient that decreases dangerous Lp(a) cholesterol particles.
How much niacin should you take? Dr. Sinatra recommends for full vitamin B3 benefits, that you start with 250 mg of Niacin three times daily, and slowly work up to 1–3 grams in divided doses three times a day.