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Should you use niacin to lower your blood lipids?

For every seven people that this saves from heart disease, three get diabetes. This episode covers alternative strategies to achieve the same effect of niacin on blood lipids without the risk of diabetes.

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Here’s a massive 2-part podcast series I did on niacin with Alex Leaf, which has 52 scientific references:

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Part 2:

Here are other recent episodes on niacin:

Should You Inject Yourself With NAD+?

The Best Form of Niacin for Anti-Aging

How To Know If You Need More Niacin

Coffee! How to Free the Locked-Up Niacin

How to Free the Niacin in Grains and Seeds

Do Women Need More Niacin Than Men?

How to Get Enough Niacin From Food

The Best Blood Test for Niacin

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Chris,

    Excellent explanation about how niacin works and what to eat and when. You did not appear to mention its Lp(a)-lowering effect. Do you know if this is related to reducing risk or is it not consequential like its HDL-raising effect? Also what about its effects on LDL particle size?

    Also, what would you suggest for someone taking ER niacin (Niaspan) at bedtime? I have found that yes, I sleep better and have lower blood glucose in the morning if I take it with carbs than with fats, but what would you suggest breakfast should look like?

    Many thanks. Great series!

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