Is it good or bad for you. Been recommended to take this.

How much and it is going to cause problems.


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  • There are different types of Niacin and they each, I think, have a different purpose. There is also the Niacin that causes a flush/tingling effect, and a non-flushing Niacin which is a different Niacin.

    I've read different and contradictory things about the different Niacins. Hopefully, someone will direct you to reference papers or you could research it yourself on the PubMed site and other places.

  • Niacin used in conjunction with Statins has not shown any additional benefit to Statins used alone for people with CHD but Niacin used alone has shown additional benefit as this Meta analysis demonstrates. There conclusion is that this is not due to it raising HDL but some other mechanism

    My advice, start low and get used to the flush and then build up dosage

  • Thanks. have you tried it.

  • Thanks. That link didn't take me anywhere.

    How much do you take and has it lowered your cholesterol. any good for BP.

    Ive started on 300 and get a mild flush.

  • heartattackandthenhs.wordpr... is the corrected link, I think.

  • It works well, but has some minor side-effects. Read my post:

  • I take 500 mg Niacin 2x/day. My doc would like me up to 750 mg 2x/day, but I was having difficulty tolerating that much. It has done a good job of reducing my cholesterol numbers. I am not on any statins.

  • Do you have to have liver tests as a result. do you get the flush. what was your cholesterol and what is it now.

  • Yes, I get tested every 4-6 months. Yes I occasionally get the flush. August 2016 cholesterol numbers: 208, Trig. 99, HDL 50, LDL 138. As of Feb. 2017: Cholesterol: 171, Trig. 85, HDL 74, LDL 80.

  • who recommended this to you ? a doctor or what ?

  • A Nutritionist

  • My cardiologist

  • Vitamin B3 is one of 8 B vitamins. It is also known as niacin (nicotinic acid) and has 2 other forms, niacinamide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate, which have different effects from niacin.

    All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy.

    If you take niacin or niacinamide, side effects in addition to liver damage include nausea, diarrhea, headaches, vomiting, gout, stomach ulcers and vision loss. If you have kidney disease or diabetes, niacin may worsen these conditions

    What are the benefits of taking niacin?

    Lowers Cardiovascular Disease Risk. Aside from helping to balance cholesterol levels and triglycerides, vitamin B3 niacin has other benefits for heart health, including the ability to reduce atherosclerosis, which is the dangerous hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart disease.

    Do we need a doctor, who has medical records to offer this?

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