By Staff Blogger
High cholesterol can cause many different problems that can eventually lead to cardiovascular disease or even death. Medication can be expensive, but new research is showing that there is a safe and cheap remedy out there that ends up costing seven cents per pill.
According to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Vitamin B3 could be your cheapest way to control high cholesterol. It is also called niacin or nicotinic acid.
One study found that niacin boosted HDL (the good cholesterol) up by 35 percent, and reduced triglycerides by 50 percent. Researchers tracked 8,431 participants, all of whom had previously had heart attacks, for 15 years. Those that were on a niacin treatment lowered their risk for another heart attack or stroke by 26 percent as compared to those on a placebo.
Drug companies do not want people to know about this research for the simple reason that cholesterol lowering drugs bring in the big bucks. But there are some people who can’t take the drugs called statins. (Statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.)
Niacin is recommended for:
– People with severe side effects from statins
– People who have complex lipid issues such as low HDL and high triglyceride levels
– People with high levels of lipoprotein which does not respond to statins. This type of cholesterol triples heart attack risk. Niacin can help reduce lipoproteins by 40 percent
– People who do not respond to statins
There are not many side effects to niacin, but the most annoying is the niacin flush. When you take Vitamin B, you may get itchy and tingly skin for 30-60 minutes. This is a harmless side effect that disappears over time. Non-flush and extended release forms of niacin are available but they appear to have some other bad side effects.
Due to a large study that was done that put niacins in a negative light, it is being overlooked. It is an effective and safe treatment.