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Why do people take niacin (vitamin b3)?

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As a cholesterol treatment, there are good studies showing that niacin can boost levels of good HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides. Niacin also modestly lowers bad LDL cholesterol. It's sometimes prescribed in combination with statins for cholesterol control. But niacin only works as a cholesterol treatment at fairly high doses. These doses could pose risks, such as liver damage, gastrointestinal problems, or glucose intolerance. So don't treat yourself with over-the-counter niacin supplements. Instead, get advice from your doctor, who may prescribe niacin instead.

From: Niacin (Vitamin B3) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Niacin.” 

Natural Standard Patient Monograph, “Niacin.”

Endotext [Internet]:  "Triglyceride Lowering Drugs: Niacin," January 2017.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 08, 2020

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Niacin.” 

Natural Standard Patient Monograph, “Niacin.”

Endotext [Internet]:  "Triglyceride Lowering Drugs: Niacin," January 2017.

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 08, 2020

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