Vitamin B3, aka Niacin, decodes Carbohydrates and Protein for Your Daily Energy
August 20, 2018

Niacin (niacinamide) - The U.S. Navy Study

Since the 1950s niacin (vitamin B3) has been known to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol levels. In the 1970s the famed Coronary Drug Project demonstrated that niacin was the only cholesterol-lowering agent to actually reduce overall mortality. Niacin typically lowers LDL- cholesterol levels by 16% to 23% while raising HDL-cholesterol levels by 20% to 33%. These effects, especially the effect on HDL, compare quite favorably to conventional cholesterol-lowering drugs.

It is now known that niacin does much more than lower total cholesterol. Specifically, niacin has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, the more harmful Lp(a) lipoprotein, triglyceride, CRP, and fibrinogen levels while simultaneously raising beneficial HDL cholesterol levels. Despite the fact that niacin has demonstrated better overall results in reducing risk factors for chronic heart disease compared with other cholesterol- lowering agents, physicians are often reluctant to prescribe niacin. The reason is a widespread perception that niacin is difficult to work with because of the bothersome flushing of the skin. In addition, because niacin is a widely available "generic" agent, no pharmaceutical company stands to generate the huge profits that the other lipid-lowering agents have enjoyed. As a result, niacin does not benefit from the intensive advertising that focuses on the "statin" drugs. Despite the advantages of niacin over other lipid-lowering drugs, it accounts for less than 10% of all cholesterol-lowering prescriptions.
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