Niacin has the advantage of raising HDL ("good") cholesterol and also lower triglycerides. It has been shown to prevent the onset of cardiovascular conditions and reduce symptoms of arthritis, improve memory, and prevent insomnia or motion sickness. The main goal of cholesterol treatment is to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Niacin has the advantage of raising HDL ("good") cholesterol much more than statins do.
It also lowers triglycerides, fats in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, has been shown to improve the cholesterol level and prevent the onset of cardiovascular conditions. In addition, the level of bad cholesterol drops modestly with niacin supplementation while combating hardening of the arteries and demonstrating effectiveness in preventing heart attacks. Recent studies have shown niacin's ability to actually reverse the signs of heart disease in affected individuals.
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