Q: What is Niaspan® (extended-release niacin)?
Niaspan® is a prescription form of extended-release niacin. Niacin (also known as Vitamin B3) should be part of a normal, healthy diet as it is essential to various chemical reactions in the body - one of those reactions is the handling of fat metabolism. As you may know, vitamins are important compounds that are necessary for many body processes, and are not found naturally within the body. Therefore it is necessary to get all of your vitamins from outside sources -- such as foods and vitamin pills.
And while most people understand that low doses of essential vitamins and nutrients can lead to poor healthy, it’s becoming more clearly understood that too much of certain vitamins can lead to toxicity and a whole separate set of health issues. (More on that in a second...)
Q: How Does Niaspan® (extended-release niacin) Work To Lower Cholesterol & Triglycerides?
Niaspan® (extended-release niacin) and cholesterol are closely linked, and Vitamin B3 is recommended by some experts to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels within your body. Because of its ability to break down fats it is essential for heart attack prevention, as well as treating diabetes and cataracts.
Some cardiologists prescribe Niaspan® at 1000 mgs per day or even higher amounts for people with very high cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, at this effective level, Niaspan® has many negative side-effects (see next question below). In fact, the time-released aspect of Niaspan creates higher side-effects, especially for the liver (see below).
NOTE: Many studies show that for 67% of people, even 3,000 mgs (or more) of daily Niaspan® still doesn't help lower cholesterol.
Q: Does Niaspan® (extended-release niacin) Have Any Negative Side-Effects?
When used at lower dosages for regular health functions, such as those found in a regular daily multi-vitamin (20 mgs daily is 100% of RDA), Niacin is very safe. And, that's all that's needed for normal function. BUT, for the cholesterol reduction dosage, a MUCH HIGHER (and potentially dangerous) dose of OVER 3,000 mgs is needed. That's 150,000% higher than the daily recommended dosage.
At such intakes, acute (flushing, headache, stomachache) and chronic (liver damage, diabetes, gastritis, eye damage, and possibly gout) toxicity can occur. Many people are not able to continue taking these levels of Niaspan® due to discomfort or danger to their health.
Therefore, IF you choose to take such high intakes of Niaspan®, then it must only be done under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional or your medical doctor. In fact, this is why Niaspan is only given by a prescription - because of all the negative side-effects!
Ironically, one aspect of Niaspan® that makes it MORE toxic is the "time-released" function. Because it's continuously being released in your system the entire day, your liver is getting "slammed" all day long. Hence, your liver is working hard the entire day to "detoxify" your body of the Niacin. Your liver never has a chance to relax and heal. Just another reason to stay away from Niaspan® all together!
Q: How Do I know If Niaspan® Will Work For Me?
Actually, you don't. As stated above, for 67% of people who use even the super high, toxic dosages don't see any improvement in their cholesterol levels. BUT, many people try it anyway and risk toxicity and long-term negative side-effects because Niaspan® (IF your insurance covers it) isn't that expensive.
In fact, the problem with using only ONE ingredient (Niaspan® or anything else) to try and get the job done, almost always leads to negative side-effects. The problem is if you use too low a dose, nothing happens and you are wasting your time and money. BUT, if you increase the dose to finally see positive effects, you'll also have to deal with negative side-effects - that's the problem of "mega dosing".
You see, the body craves "balance". When you use an effective and hence, "high" dosage of any ONE ingredient - your body becomes toxic, overloaded, fights back and creates negative side-effects because it's trying to (A) detox the body and (B) get back to "balance" (also known as "homeostasis").
Q: Is Niaspan® The ONLY Ingredient I Need To Use To Lower Cholesterol & Triglycerides?
Personally, I would NEVER recommend anyone using Niaspan® (or niacin) for cholesterol reduction. Use what is found in a regular multi-vitamin (20 mgs daily as niacin) for health reasons. But, using the highly toxic dosage of 1,000-3,000 mgs will lead to problems and for most people, it doesn't even work.
In fact, no single ingredient works at 100% effectiveness forever, let alone for every person. And that includes Niaspan® or any other single herb or nutrient.
Think about it. Just like you don't eat only broccoli for best health, you don't want to use only one herb or nutrient either.
Research has shown that there are about a dozen CLINCALLY PROVEN and NATURAL ingredients that dramatically improve cholesterol levels, far better and safer than Niaspan® (extended-release niacin). Other key ingredients you should look for when purchasing a product to Lower Cholesterol & Triglycerides, are:
- Red Rice Yeast (make sure it's 10:1 Extract - with citrinin removed)
- Garlic Extract (make sure it's Deodorized with 1.3% alliin)
- Pantesin® d-Pantethine
- Guggulsterones (make sure it's 10% Pure Extract; E and Z)
- Artichoke Leaf Extract (make sure it's 15% Chlorogenic Acid, 5% Cynarin)
- Phytosterols Complex
Additionally, whatever product you select - make sure it has a liver cleansing formula (because that's where cholesterol problems first start) and something to reduce Homocysteine levels (which is 43% cause of heart attacks). This is REALLY IMPORTANT!
Q: So, What's The Best Solution For Me?...
Let's keep it simple. First, don't bother taking mega dosages of Niaspan® (extended-release niacin) to Lower Cholesterol & Triglycerides. It doesn't work for 67% of people and it's very toxic. Second, don't use any ONE ingredient - use a combination of the above clinically proven ingredients, to help achieve TOTAL and COMPLETE balance with your cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL levels.
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