Niacin
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Niacin or Vitamin B-3 or nicotinic acid includes several forms created to reduce the 'niacin flush'. Unfortunately, these gentler forms do not have the benefits of normal niacin or have additional risks.

Literature Summary

Benefits

  • Beneficial effects on low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; the apolipoproteins B and A-I constituting these fractions; triglyceride; and lipoprotein(a). Together, these benefits lead to a diminished incidence of coronary artery disease among niacin users

  • enhancement of zinc absorption <<Selection in Document>>

  • enhancement of hemoglobin and liver iron

  • decreases plasma fibrinogen and plasma F1.2

Risks:

  • Excessive dosages may result in niacin-induced hepatitis

  • Aspirin reduces or prevents the side-effects of niacin

Sources:

  • Grocery and health food stores.

We find that regular flushing niacin, although uncomfortable occasionally, is excellent for clearing the head and reducing pain in a very short period. It is also the cheapest!

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