Niacin Benefits

How Does Niacin Work?

Niacin works in several ways to improve cholesterol levels. It is thought that it works to increase HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol) levels by preventing the liver from removing HDL from the bloodstream. Additionally, niacin seems to decrease the liver's production of LDL and VLDL, two types of "bad" cholesterol. Niacin also helps decrease the release of fatty acids (from body fat) into the bloodstream. It is important to note that nicotinic acid (not niacinamide or nicotinamide) has these effects on cholesterol.
 
Niacin might also help reduce blood clotting by decreasing the level of fibrinogen in the blood. Fibrinogen is used to make fibrin, an important component of blood clots.
 

Niacin Uses in Children

It is not clear if niacin is appropriate for use in children. Of course, a normal dietary intake of niacin through a healthy diet is safe and probably beneficial.
 
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