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Niacin is Great for Managing Cholesterol Balance

Niacin is good for your cholesterol

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.

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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.

Cholesterol Drug Not Living Up to Advertisement

A new study by cardiologists at The University of Kansas Hospital shows that the heavily advertised cholesterol drug ezetimibe (brand name Zetia; in combination with simvastatin: Vytorin) doesn’t provide all of the benefits suggested in the ads. The study appears in The Journal of Clinical Medical Research.

Ezetimibe is known to lower LDL cholesterol in many patients, but does not have well-defined benefits such as reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke or total mortality. Higher LDL levels are associated with greater risk for a heart attack. But the study involving 3,827 patients showed while ezetimibe did lower LDL cholesterol by 12 percent, it had no measurable effect on total mortality.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, Vacek and his researchers analyzed patient records going back eight years. The intent was to look at the effect of statins alone (such as simvastatin, lovastatin, and others) which work by reducing the production of LDL, the so called “bad cholesterol,” in the liver vs. ezetimibe, which works by blocking cholesterol absorbsion in the GI tract.

“It’s important to do studies like this. People take expensive medications that may have significant side effects, but may receive no benefit. Also the use of these drugs may detract from the use of others that are effective,” said Vacek. “Data such as this is key to cost-effective and outcomes based medical decision making.”

Ecology health center recommends a more natural aproach to help lowering cholesterol

ProOmega LDL

We recommend these products as part of the protocol:

Nordic Naturals Promega LDL – Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is an important step in the prevention of heart disease.Numerous scientific studies have shown that red yeast rice, a natural red pigmented yeast grown on rice, helps support healthy cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.Based upon such research findings and human clinical trials, Nordic Naturals developed ProOmega LDL, a synergistic blend of natural substances that have been shown to support overall cardiovascular health.


Niacin – Also known as nicotinic acid, niacin is an essential nutrient, positioned at the core of NAD/NADH and NADP/NADPH, which are major redox- active “electron storage” compounds. One or both of these “redox pairs” is involved in every major biochemical pathway. They participate in the trafficking of electrons as “reducing equivalents”, the electron packets that facilitate metabolism. Niacin is involved in the production of energy, detoxification and the normal regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol.


PolicosanolPolicosanol – is a well-tolerated mixture of long-chain aliphatic alcohols derived from sugar cane wax. and promotes:

– healthy lipid metabolism,

– triglyceride support,

– platelet function, and

– antioxidant protection for cardiovascular health


Source  Kansas City InfoZyne and Ecology Health Center

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