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At high doses, niacin, or vitamin B3, can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 5 percent, cut triglycerides by 20 percent, and boost HDL

(good) cholesterol by 15 percent.

However, side effects include a dangerous rise in glucose levels in diabetics. Best dosage for men: 20 mg for general health, 100 mg for high cholesterol (but consult your doctor first).


  • High cholesterol
  • Heart attack risk
  • Heart health


  • Natural sources: Lean meat, fish, whole grains

Interactions & Side Effects

    • Diabetes medications. Reduces effectiveness
    • Statins. Increases effects


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