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How does Niacin Boost Good Cholesterol?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 06 January 2018
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Raising the level of high density, or HDL cholesterol, is a subject that receives almost as much attention as lowering levels of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. As it turns out, one of the best ways to promote both functions is to enjoy a consistent amount of niacin in the daily diet. Although the exact method by which niacin boosts good cholesterol is not well understood, studies indicate that it may reduce the amount of HDL removed from the bloodstream by the liver. Niacin also encourages the production of energy within cells, which can help a person feel good and exercise more, which can boost good cholesterol.

Niacin is one of the more common B vitamins. Many people recognize niacin for its ability to help with high blood pressure, ease the pain of leg cramps, and even help to calm jangled nerves. Known as B3, this important B vitamin often works best when taken in conjunction with the other members of the B family. Physicians sometimes recommend taking larger doses of the vitamin in order to help with a particular health issue.

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When it comes to boosting levels of good cholesterol in the body, niacin encourages the production of energy within cells. This is important, since more energy generated within the body helps to create a more balanced mood. These factors together tend to encourage regular physical activity. Exercise helps the body produce more HDL cholesterol, so the energy promoting abilities of B3 should not be overlooked.

There are those who believe that niacin is best utilized with the use of prescription medication to simultaneously lower bad cholesterol and raise levels of good cholesterol. Research indicates that combining the use of B3 with statins will minimize LDL levels in considerably less time than using statins alone. By reducing the presence of bad cholesterol in the system, it is possible for good cholesterol levels to increase at the same time.

Along with helping to reduce bad cholesterol and promoting the increase of good cholesterol in the body, it is important to note that niacin can also help regulate trigylceride levels as well. Many physicians today consider it just as important to monitor the level of trigylcerides found in the bloodstream, since high triglycerides work hand in hand with bad cholesterol to increase the chances of developing heart disease.

While there is no doubt that niacin is an essential part of the daily diet, it is important to not begin supplementing the vitamin without discussing the matter with a physician. As with many supplements, there is the danger of an adverse reaction with some forms or prescription medication. A doctor can review both the supplements and any prescription medicine an individual is taking, and determine what level of B3 consumption would be beneficial.

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