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A-Z of Cardio: B-Vitamin - Manage Cholesterol Naturally

Monday December 17, 2018
A-Z of Cardio: B-Vitamin - Manage Cholesterol Naturally

With one in two adults in the UK suffering from high cholesterol levels, seeking dietary strategies to combat this issue is critical for optimal heart health (1). Over time, chronic high cholesterol can lead to the formation of fatty streaks in the blood vessels, which can impede blood flow around the body.    

A water-soluble vitamin, B3, has been shown to promote blood lipid regulation in research, and brings promise to individuals with cholesterol imbalances. Niacin, or Vitamin B3, is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body with an integral function in energy metabolism. Fascinating research on niacin’s effect on blood lipid markers began in the 1950s, where scientists discovered improvements in LDL, HDL and triglycerides (2).  

Ongoing research on niacin supports this effect, as displayed by very large trials. In a large study conducted on over 3,000 individuals, niacin supplementation has been shown to increase the size of HDL, which is a carrier protein responsible for transporting excess cholesterol back to the liver for metabolism (3). Additionally, niacin supplementation by 1.5-2g per day for two years reduced LDL size by 12%. LDL is responsible for the transport of cholesterol from the liver around the body, where high levels can be detrimental.  

In conclusion, taking a daily dose of niacin can support heart health by helping to manage cholesterol naturally. For personalised advice, visit your local health store for additional nutritional support.  


Author: Salma Dawood is a Technical Advisor at Viridian Nutrition. She holds a BSc honours degree in Human Nutrition.


1) Heart UK, Key Facts and Figures 

2) Altschul R, Hoffer A, Stephen JD. Influence of nicotinic acid on serum cholesterol in man. Arch Biochem. 1955;54:558–9 

3) "AIM-HIGH Investigators, Boden WE, Probstfield JL, (2011) Niacin in patients with low HDL cholesterol levels receiving intensive statin therapy. N Engl J Med.

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.


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