What you should know about taking Niacin for High Cholesterol
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Can Niacin Lower Bad Cholesterol Levels?
Those who know me know that I have strong concerns about statin drugs safety in longterm use so I love hearing about new research or information that supports a nutritional approach to high cholesterol.
I knew about the use of niacin for helping the body lower cholesterol levels and, yet, kinda forgot about it. I just came across some more info on niacin and cholesterol and wanted to revisit the subject.
One significant point to be made about using niacin if you have high cholesterol is that the immediate-release form of niacin is regarded far superior to sustained-release, or timed release, form.
The difference between these two formulation processes will affect your result when taking niacin and also, the sustained-release form
has some potential side effects that warrant investigation.
Niacin, in the immediate-release form, can cause face flushing, a kind of stinging sensation on the skin and redness. When I take it, I experience all of that and sometimes, for me at least, it’s a little uncomfortable.
When I found out there was a non-flush niacin, also called sustained-release niacin, I was excited at first. However, I found out that it isn’t the best option. I actually don’t think it’s a good option at all, after all I’ve read on it.
When niacin is taken in a timed-release fashion, it loses it’s ability to help the body reduce bad cholesterol levels. It also creates a risk for side effects, some of them potentially dangerous, that don’t seem to exist with immediate-release niacin.