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Can niacin or any other supplement replace statins?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: No

Niacin is used primarily to raise HDL and the data for its benefit is weak.
Statins primarily lower LDL (crestor (rosuvastatin) also raises hdl) and the data for their benefit is consistent, world wide, and unchallenged.

In brief: No

Niacin is used primarily to raise HDL and the data for its benefit is weak.
Statins primarily lower LDL (crestor (rosuvastatin) also raises hdl) and the data for their benefit is consistent, world wide, and unchallenged.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Niacin.

Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype.
As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. Could replace statins.

In brief: Niacin.

Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype.
As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. Could replace statins.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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