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This vitamin can boost good cholesterol levels

If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with heart disease, here’s some good news about a natural remedy that could protect your heart from further damage. The results from a clinical trial funded by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute say that boosting vitamin B3 levels could help significantly raise your HDL (good) cholesterol.

The research team that conducted the trial wanted to address the need to lower cardiovascular risks in patients with cardiovascular disease — risks that persist despite achieving low LDL (bad) cholesterol levels with statin therapy. So they devised a trial in which they added extended-release niacin (a.k.a. vitamin B3) to simvastatin (a popular statin, used to lower cholesterol). They wanted to see if niacin and the statin together achieved more health benefits than the statins alone.

They found that, at two years, niacin therapy had significantly increased HDL cholesterol levels from 35 milligrams per deciliter to 42 milligrams per deciliter. The niacin therapy also lowered triglyceride levels from 164 mg per deciliter to 122 mg per deciliter, and lowered the LDL cholesterol level from 74 mg per deciliter to 62 mg per deciliter.

Follow the trial’s health advice and consider boosting your niacin levels if you’re having heart problems. The Recommended Daily Intake for niacin is 18 milligrams.You can boost your intake by eating these foods:

  • Beef liver
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Corn flour

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