using niacin to lower cholesterol might actually INCREASE the risk of heart disease

New research shows that using niacin to lower cholesterol might actually INCREASE the risk of heart disease...by increasing homocysteine levels.

Homocysteine levels can increase 17% with 1000 mg/day of niacin...55% for doses up to 3000 mg/day.

The concern is that the increase in homocysteine might negate some of niacin's cardiac benefit from lowering cholesterol.

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