Best supplements: A pill to boost levels of good LDL cholesterol and lower bad HDL levels

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Supplements have been around for some time helping with a range of health conditions. Some are more powerful than others including one such supplement which is said to help lower your cholesterol levels safely and naturally.

Niacin, one of the water-soluble B vitamins, improves all lipoproteins when given in doses well above the vitamin requirement. 

Niacin supplements lowers the total cholesterol, “bad” LDL-cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in a person’s body, while raising the “good” HDL-cholesterol level.

Niacin supplements are inexpensive and widely accessible to patients without a prescription but must not be used for cholesterol lowering without the monitoring of a physician because of the potential side effects.

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As a cholesterol treatment, there are good studies showing that niacin can boost levels of good HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides.

Niacin also modestly lowers bad LDL cholesterol.

It’s sometimes prescribed in combination with statins for cholesterol control, such as rosuvastatin, simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin and pravastatin.

According to WebMD, the daily requirement of niacin includes:

Children: between 2-16 milligrams daily, depending on age

Men: 16 milligrams daily

Women: 14 milligrams daily

Women (pregnant): 18 milligrams daily

Women (breastfeeding): 17 milligrams daily

Maximum daily intake for adults of all ages: 35 milligrams daily

Niacin is also known as nicotinic acid and is an organic compound that is an essential human nutrient.

Prescription niacin is used to increase high density lipoprotein cholesterol and helps remove low-density lipoprotein from the bloodstream.

Niacin is often part of a daily multivitamin to help keep the nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy.

Another way to keep cholesterol levels healthy and regulated is keeping levels of essential fatty acids topped up in the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids can lower the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. By taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements it will ensure cholesterol levels are healthy.

Considered “healthy fats”, omega-3 fatty acids may also provide other health benefits and even prevent cardiovascular problems.

Omega-3 fatty acids are available in a variety of foods and supplements including fish oil.

It’s advised to not take any supplements unless a GP recommends it as side effects could include skin itching and flushing, or nausea.
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