Vitamin B3 more effective than statins in reducing cholesterol related damage.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine* has found that Niacin (Vitamin B3) is more effective than long term statins (ezetimibe) in reducing cholesterol plaque build up in arteries. It also found that niacin was also effective at reducing bad cholesterol (LDL’s) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL’s).

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) has been found to as effective as a statin in cholesterol management. Photo: CORDELIA MOLLOY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

This is great news for those looking for natural cholesterol solutions as an alternative to statins. We have concerns about statins because they reduce the production of an important enzyme in the body called Co-enzyme Q10. Co-enzyme Q10 is integral to energy production in the body, and low levels have been linked to heart disease and aging as well as brain issues. Anyone who takes statins should supplement with Co-enzyme Q10.

Unfortunately it looks like the study used the niacin form of B3 which is not readily available in Australia. Most B3 supplements come as niacinamide. However interested consumers may be able to obtain niacin from the USA. Please take care if ordering overseas.

As with all prescription medicines, please talk to your GP before changing medications.

*N Engl J Med. 2009 Nov 26;361(22):2113-22.

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June 16, 2011

CS @ 4:11 am #

Niacin in the best form (nicotinic acid) can be found easily here in Australia. The brand Thompsons make this supplement and you can find it at most health food stores. Chemist Warehouse sells it too. DO NOT get the other form (niacinamide) which is completely synthetic. It was manufactured in a laboratory so that users do not get the ‘niacin flush’. This form IS toxic to the liver. Only get the natural form.

December 20, 2011

Ruth Sharma @ 12:07 am #

I have been taking nicotinic acid for several years for to reduce cholesterol and triglyceride and increase HDL. I started it when I lived in USA. I continued it here in Australia though it comes up more expensive than statin, about double the cost. Just last two days I run out of supply and tried getting more, and the price just increased almost 100% from about $13 to $25 for a botter of 250mg (100tablets). Simply disgusting!!! Now, I am thinking of getting it from USA as even the online chemists in Australia is showing around $25 too. DISGUSTING!!! Shall I blame the statin manufacturers?

April 14, 2015

Jan Coates @ 1:35 pm #

Hi CS and Ruth. Interested in your comments above. I have ordered VitB3 on line in England relatively cheap. I have decided to come off statins due to poor memory, weight gain and insomnia. Did either of you have any of these affects and also you haven’t said if your LDL and HDL have changed, along with the tryglycerides. Many thanks Jan

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