Niacin for Cholesterol and two good alternatives.

Niacin for Cholesterol. Is it the Best Choice?

Author Gene Millen 4/25/15

Niacin for cholesterol and two good alternatives.

Gene Millen, Heart Health CoachI'm Gene Millen. In 1990 a heart surgeon, sawed open my chest and stitched in bypasses to six of my favorite heart arteries. It wasn't as much fun as you might think...and started me on a journey to helping others avoid my mistakes.

My experience in exercise weight loss includes eleven years working with hundreds of people in the Vital Life Center, a health and wellness club for the "over 50 crowd.

There are a number of specific natural medicines that effectively lower cholesterol levels. Since new ones come along all the time it is easy to forget just how impressive the results are with niacin for cholesterol.

Niacin does more than lower cholesterol!

The cholesterol lowering activity of niacin was first described in the 1950s. It is now known that it does much more than lower total cholesterol.

Specifically, this heart supplement has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, Lp(a) lipoprotein, triglyceride, and fibrinogen levels while simultaneously raising HDL cholesterol levels.

To reduce flushing - Inositol hexaniacinate

Inositol hexaniacinate is a form of niacin that has long been used in Europe to lower cholesterol levels. It is much better tolerated, in terms of both flushing and, more importantly, long-term side-effects.

HDL Cholesterol Increased 33%

The percentage increase in HDL cholesterol, a more significant indicator for coronary heart disease, was dramatically in favor of niacin (33% vs. 7%).

Lp(a) lipoprotein levels dropped 35%

While niacin produced a 35% reduction in Lp(a) lipoprotein levels, lovastatin did not produce any effect. Other studies have shown that niacin can lower Lp(a) levels by an average of 38%.2,3

Niacin for Cholesterol Works Well With Diabetics

Because taking this supplement at higher dosages (e.g., 3,000 mg or more) can impair glucose tolerance, many physicians have avoided niacin therapy in diabetics, but newer studies with slightly lower dosages (1,000 to 2000 mg) of niacin have not shown it to adversely effect blood sugar regulation.7

Diabetic cholesterol profiles

If you take a look at the most common blood lipid abnormality in type 2 diabetic patients it is elevated triglyceride levels, decreased HDL cholesterol levels, and a preponderance of smaller, denser LDL particles.

Side Effects of Niacin for Cholesterol

The common side effect of niacin is the flushing, which for some people can be very uncomfortable. Other side effects of niacin at higher doses include gastric irritation, nausea, and liver damage.

Alternatives for Niacin for Cholesterol

If you are looking for a side effect free all natural alternative to improve cholesterol you have two excellent choices; policosanol and Krill Oil.

Policosanal typically increases HDL cholesterol by 15% to 25% after two months of usage.

The benefits of this natural, side effect free supplement are superior to niacin for cholesterol, and well documented by numerous studies and come with recommendations from recognized authorities such as Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND.

It's no wonder that it has been our best selling solution for improving cholesterol. Click here to learn more about policosanol as an alternative for niacin for cholesterol!

Krill Oil Benefits

Krill Oil StudyClinical Studies Reveal Krill Oil Support Many Body Functions

  • A healthy heart
  • Blood sugar health
  • Healthy joints, with an increase in joint comfort
  • Cholesterol and other blood lipid health
  • Healthy liver function
  • Bolstering your immune system

Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil

Vital Life Nutritionals Krill Oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of good heart and brain health and has more benefits than niacin for cholesterol.

It is harvested from the pristine, crystal clear waters of Antartica and has received the coveted Friend of the Seas certification. Click here to read more about Krill Oil!

Vital Life Nutritionals LogoWe only recommend the best heart supplements that we can find...ones that we and/or our family and friends personally use. Since my 6 way heart by pass operation in 1990 my wife Bernie and I take heart health nutrition very seriously.

Vital Life Nutritionals are manufactured by Vitamer Labs, a pharmaceutically registered facility that has been a leader in the manufacturing of natural supplements for decades.
These all-natural supplements meet stringent FDA regulations. This is noteworthy, as the FDA does not regulate nutritional supplements.
GMP Seal of ApprovalAll Vital Life Nutritionals products have received the highest rating in the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) program and the GMP seal is displayed on the label.
All supplements are tested to insure proper dissolution and absorption. You can rest assured that Vital Life Nutritionals won't end up in your urine and what you see on the label is in the bottle!

Each serving contains 20 mg Extra Strength Policosanol derived from sugar cane and contains the same formula used in research studies.

Clinical studies have shown policosanol more effective in improving cholesterol numbers than Zocor with fewer reported side effects.

Policosanol"The results from the clinical studies involving nearly 30,000 patients clearly demonstrate that policosanol is overall the absolute best answer to high cholesterol levels, whether we are talking about a nutritional supplement, herbal product or drug." Michael Murray N.D., Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
Visit our Heart Supplements Store to check out these excellent supplements. They are on sale now at discounts of up to 40%

Thanks for joining us on the journey toVital Heart Health for Life!
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Clinical Studies - References

Pub Med Policosanol Clinical Studies Confirm Benefits in Cholesterol Numbers. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2003;60(11)

Dalmer Laboratory. (1990): Policosanol: Experimental Pharmacokinetics. Data on file.

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