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No Flush Niacin
No Flush Niacin, technical name Inositol hexaniacinate, has been shown to
exert the benefits of niacin without flushing or other side effects. It
has been used in Europe for over 30 years to lower cholesterol and
improve blood flow.
Niacin works mainly by inhibiting the liver's production of cholesterol.
Studies show that niacin not only lowers total cholesterol but also
specifically "lowers LDL cholesterol, Lp(a) lipoprotein, triglyceride
and fibrinogen levels while raising HDL cholesterol levels."
A recent study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed niacin's
effectiveness for raising HDL cholesterol: "In a head-to-head comparison
study, niacin 2000 mg/day increased HDL-C more than gemfibrozil 1,200
mg/day, and decreased the total cholesterol-to-HDL-C ration,
lipoprotein(a) and fibrinogen levels significantly more."
It is also useful in the treatment of intermittent claudication (painful
cramps in the calf muscle produced as when the oxygen supply to the
muscle is decreased) and Reynard's phenomena (a painful response of the
hands or feet to cold exposure due to constriction of blood vessels).