Niacin Helps Cholesterol & Triglyceride Health

February 3, 2019 | Wellness Resources

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 Niacin Helps Cholesterol & Triglyceride Health
Niacin, or vitamin B3, has long been known as an important nutrient for maintaining cardiovascular health. It plays important roles in healthy cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism, plus overall circulatory health.

Niacin is a very helpful nutrient to human metabolism and energy production. Your cellular engines (mitochondria) convert food to energy (ATP) through a complex process of many steps, similar to a production line in a factory. When someone on the production line is not functioning up to par it affects everything else down the line.

Niacin is the backbone of two key enzymes (workers on the production line) known as NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) who perform an important role in how your cells make energy. They are also team players, helping as many as 200 other energy-related enzymes do their work. The ability of your body to break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins and use them to make energy is dependent on having adequate niacin.

Niacin is best known for its role in cardiovascular health and supporting HDL cholesterol metabolism. It helps you maintain healthy levels of HDL and its very important component, ApoA1. Its role in widening your blood vessels and helping your arteries to relax naturally is an important aspect in maintaining healthy blood pressure. Plus, niacin also plays a role in helping your body metabolize triglycerides in a healthy way.

Niacin and Cholesterol

Niacin has been extensively used for the past fifty years to support healthy lipid metabolism and circulation. Niacin helps support healthy HDL cholesterol by signaling to the liver that is should not break down HDL too quickly. Plus, it also plays an important role in the manufacturing process of healthy HDL.

HDL cholesterol (commonly referred to as “good” cholesterol) is needed to help bring LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) back to the liver for elimination. If HDL cholesterol is low, more LDL cholesterol will remain in circulation leaving more opportunity for it to become damaged. The dark side of LDL cholesterol is that when it becomes damaged, it is more likely to cause plaque buildup on the arterial walls. Therefore, having adequate HDL cholesterol is necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

Supplementing with Niacin

When it comes to supplementing with niacin, we use a safe and effective non-flushing form of niacin called inositol hexanicotinate (IHN). This enables you to get the benefits of niacin without an irritating flushing effect. It’s a no brainer!

Overall, niacin is an excellent cardiovascular support nutrient. As non-flush niacin is processed by the body, niacin levels gradually rise over time, peaking about 10 hours after ingestion. In general, a dose from 1200 mg 1800 mg a day is likely to help circulation and support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism. See how non-flush niacin can help support your cardio health!

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