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Niacin benefits

Niacin

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Niacin is a vitamin, it is also known as nicotinic acid. However it is known by its more common name – Vitamin B3. This vitamin is found in several fruits, particularly vegetables including broccoli, avocados, and leafy vegetables.

Benefits Niacin for cholesterol level management

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3 has initially been used as a natural cholesterol lowering agent that often rivals prescription drugs in mild to moderate cases.
This vitamin is also critical to releasing energy from carbohydrates and helping to control blood sugar levels.

Nicotinic acid has been used to lower blood cholesterol in large doses of 3000 mg or more per day. This has resulted in a lowering of the bad LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and also raises the good HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol. But liver damage and aggravation of diabetes are potential dangers of such high doses.

Recent researches of people with high cholesterol proved that niacin not only reduced LDL and triglycerides by 17 and 18%, respectively, but it also increased HDL by 16%.

Niacin reduces the amount of very low density lipoproteins found in the blood. It does this by blocking the breakdown of fats in the body. The amount of very low density lipoproteins has an affect on the amount of low-density lipoprotein in the blood. Niacin prevent the arteries become clogged and reduces chance of having a stroke, developing heart disease, or having a heart attack.

Niacin improves circulation by relaxing arteries and veins, and disorders characterized by circulation difficulties may benefit as a result.

Benefits Niacin for other health problems

Normally, enough niacin from foods is absorbed to carry out basic functions, working on the cellular level to keep the digestive system, skin, and nerves healthy.
In high doses it can help drop blood pressure but people with diabetes have to be cautious because it can raise blood sugar level.
Niacinamide can help treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, insulin-dependent diabetes, insomnia, and migraine headaches.
Niacin benefits for reducing the risk factors for heart disease.

Although both nicotinic acid and inositol hexaniacinate have cholesterol-benefiting actions, inositol hexaniacinate is the preferred form, because it does not cause skin flushing and poses much less risk of liver damage with long-term use.

Intermittent claudication is a circulatory problem that makes your legs ache and your calf muscles cramp up when you walk. The reason is that your leg muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen because your circulation is poor. Niacin benefits make your blood vessels widen, which brings more blood to your legs.

In spite of all Niacin benefits it can be dangerous in large doses. Consult with your physician because of the potential side effects.

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