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).
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.