Niacin's cholesterol lowering activity 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.
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.
The percentage increase in HDL cholesterol, a more significant indicator for coronary heart disease, was dramatically in favor of niacin (33% vs. 7%).
Other studies have shown that niacin can lower Lp(a) levels by an average of 38%. These studies show that this benefit came with some serious side effects.2,3
Although it is usually effective in managing cholesterol the problem with niacin is the side-effects which many people cannot handle.
In higher doses, which are often required to meet the choesterol guidelines many patients suffer gastric irritation, nausea, and liver damage.
"When the results of my lipid panel came back in the spring of 2001, my triglycerides were sky high (1723) and my HDL cholesterol so low (8) that I was frightened enough to try any solution the doctor suggested.
"A new doctor insisted that I try a combination of niacin and a statin drug to address what he thought were "unacceptable" cholesterol numbers.
In 2010 I finally caved and agreed to the niacin statin drug combination.
Within a year I was unable to walk up and down stairs and couldn't lift myself from a sitting position without holding on to something.
"I immediately stopped the statin and niacin prescriptions (against the doctor's advice), and I began in earnest scouring the internet for alternative solutions to what for me had been harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
"How fortunate for me that I found policosanol on the Millen's Vital Heart Health for Life site. I ordered policosanol and within six months my HDL began improving.
My last test, three months ago showed my HDL at 36, not ideal I realize, but for me the best it has ever been. Triglycerides and LDL were also within normal range, and my total cholesterol was 180.
"By the way, for anyone else taking high doses of niacin, I am scheduled for surgery to fuse the joint in my right big toe because of the damage done to it over years of taking 1500 to 2000 mg of niacin a day".
"I am so very thankful that Gene and Bernie Millen continue to offer what I consider life-saving advice, and products such as policosanol, for those of us who are desperately searching for alternatives to the "traditional" drugs prescribed by most physicians today.
Janelle Carey, Savoy, Illinois
I'm Gene Millen, your host on this website with my wife Bernie. A few years ago I came across a natural product called policosanol (pronounced poly-cos-a-nol) that is backed up by dozens of clinical research studies, most of which were conducted in Cuba prior to the takeover of Castro.
Dr. Michael Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, one of the most renowned doctors of natural medicine provides us with a second opinion about policosanol.
"In a 1997 head-to-head study policosanol was compared with statin drugs lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) Policosanol and ZOCOR were found to be equally effective in lowering cholesterol during an eight week study...but policosanol also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and Zocor did not."
What I especially like about this product is its ability to increase HDL choesterol, (the good stuff) while it is lowering the LDL cholesterol. Statin drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor do very little to raise HDL Cholesterol.
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