Niacin and Cholesterol

Niacin or Vitamin B3 is an effective way to lower cholesterol levels. Niacin doesn’t just lower total cholesterol but rather lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing the good cholesterol (HDL). However, it is associated with the dreaded niacin flush in which the skin turns red and itchy. While this reaction occurs shortly after ingestion and wears off fairly rapidly it is disturbing enough to discontinue its use. Different forms of the vitamin have come to the market in order to reduce the flush effect. The consumer should be aware of these different forms and their benefits and drawbacks.

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