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Thoughts on Niacin: harmful or helpful

Discussion in 'The New Monster Thread' started by nuttmegs17, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. nuttmegs17

    nuttmegs17 New Member

    My doc wants to prescribe me niacin to address elevated LDL (although my HDL is high as well). This was brought on by my hashis (which tells me that is still not under control but I digress) I think jack referenced niacin in the comments section of Gretchen's awesome blog post

    However I stumbled upon this and it has me concerned:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/09/niacin-heart-risk/1974385/

    Thoughts?


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  2. nuttmegs17

    nuttmegs17 New Member

    Bumped to add: Does anyone currently use Niacin - what has it done for you?
     
  3. I can't speak to the niacin, but several varieties of medicinal mushrooms might be more effective than niacin without any potential side effects. Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Enokitake (Flammulina velutipes, which can be found in most grocery stores), as well as Shiitake are known to lower LDL. Shiitake can lower both HDL and LDL, though, so it might be safer to use Maitake. Maitake are fabulously wonderful mushrooms with a whole host of benefits.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11520942
     

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