Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Heart Failure and Niacin

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The article reports on the drug Niacin, as a treatment for patients with heart failure. The drug, which is a vasodilator, has several roles in medicine wherein it is the treatment of choice in th...

Statin alternatives

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Combining the right supplement with exercise and a healthy diet can keep cholesterol in check

Here's a truth that might surprise you: We all need cholesterol. It aids in the production of hormones and vitamin D and plays a crucial role in the production of bile acids needed to break down fats and digest food. The problem is, too many of us get too much of a good thing. To stay healthy, most doctors recommend keeping cholesterol numbers at or below 200 mg/DL But a whopping 106.7 million Americans ages 20 and older exceed this optimal level.

Vitamin B-3: Niacin and Its Amide

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Vitamin B-3: Niacin and Its Amide

The first water soluble vitamins were numbered in sequence according to priority of discovery. But after their chemical structure was determined they were given scientific names. The third one to be discovered was the antipellagra vitamin before it was shown to be niacin. But the use of the number B-3 did not stay in the literature very long. It was replaced by nicotinic acid and its amide (also known medically as niacin and its amide). The name was changed to remove the similarity to nicotine, a poison.

Chromium and Cholesterol: Part II: The Niacin Connection

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In recent years, niacin has become popular as a potent cholesterol fighter. Numerous studies have shown that high doses of niacin lower harmful LDL cholesterol, decrease triglycerides and increase beneficial HDL cholesterol.[ 67-70]

CHOLESTEROL 101: Back to the Basics with Niacin

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Focuses on niacin as a nutritional approach to cholesterol management in the U.S. Categories of severity of Americans with high cholesterol; Technologies created by specialists in response to th...

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