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Niacin (vitamin B3) shown to boost levels of good cholesterol, regardless of statin drugs

What's really stupid about this news (see below) is that the positive health effects of the B vitamin have nothing at all to do with the statin drug. Doctors could just ditch the statin drug and start prescribing B vitamins to their patients, and they'd see these positive effects just the same.

Saying that statin drugs combined with a vitamin supplement is good for heart health is sort of like saying Frosted Flakes served with fresh strawberries is a nutritious breakfast. The only nutrition comes from the strawberries, not the sugary cereal. Similarly, the only health benefit here comes from the B vitamins, not the potentially deadly statin drugs.


Adding a high dose of niacin to a statin drug slowed the progression of artery disease in people with known heart disease, according to a new study that may prompt more doctors to prescribe the B vitamin.

It has been known for years that niacin (vitamin B3) can increase levels of HDL cholesterol, the good kind.

To measure that, doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center used ultrasound imaging of the carotid artery as a surrogate for coronary artery disease, a method that has proven accurate in the past.

The researchers then took a group of 167 patients with known heart disease and put them on a cholesterol-lowering statin or a statin and a 1,000-milligram, extended-release niacin pill.

After one year, those taking niacin had a 21% increase in their HDL cholesterol, up from an average of 39 milligrams per deciliter to 47 mg/dl.

Lead author Allen Taylor, director of cardiovascular research at Walter Reed, said the study was the first to document a benefit in artery disease when comparing statins alone with a statin and niacin.

Major guidelines still do not recommend niacin for treatment or prevention of heart disease.

However, some cardiologists in specialized clinics have been prescribing it for their patients with low HDL cholesterol, said Daniel Rader, director of preventive cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

"We do it based on faith and that low HDL is a bad thing," said Rader, who was not associated with the study.

Large trials that look at whether niacin actually can reduce heart attacks and strokes are still needed, said Sidney Smith, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Science in Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Absorption of Liquid Vitamins

"Liquids, aside from offering the obvious benefit of being easy to swallow, have another very important trait. According to the Physicians Desk Reference,

Liquid is absorbed at a 98% rate, versus

Only 10 – 20% in hard capsules or tablet forms.

This very important distinction is extraordinarily important. It is not uncommon to have [hard] capsules pass right through the body in a way that the product name is still visible after the pill has left the body completely. This does not happen with liquids, as they are absorbed completely and are not wasted."

The National Advisory Board states that:

'100 mg consumed in tablet form translates to a minute stabilized 8.3 mg or 8.3% concentrated in the blood.'

This is simply not the case with liquids!"

"Pills and capsules may cost less, but in reality you get far less absorption for your money. No wonder they cost less!

Liquids are fast--you do not even have to wait for them to dissolve. They start working as soon as you swallow and

Many have very pleasant flavors."


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