What are niacin’s benefits?
The main goal of cholesterol treatment is to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Statins do this much better than niacin does. But niacin has the advantage of raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol much more than statins do. It also lowers triglycerides, fats in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease.
The form that improves cholesterol levels is called nicotinic acid. The standard dose for treating cholesterol is one to threegrams daily, 50 to 150 times more than what’s in a basic multivitamin. But you’ll also find other forms for sale, such as niacinamide and inositol hexanicotinate, which have little or no effect on cholesterol.