NMS Labs now offers a Vitamin B3 (Niacin and Metabolites)
test in serum/plasma. This test provides the superior specificity of
Tandem Mass Spectrometry coupled with the scientific experience
of NMS Labs.
Niacin (Nicotinic Acid) is Vitamin B3, a water-soluble vitamin. It
occurs naturally in plants and animals, and is also added to many
foods as a vitamin supplement. Niacin can lower cholesterol and
triglycerides in the blood, and is also used to lower the risk of heart attack in people with high cholesterol who have already had a heart attack.
In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, niacin is a well-accepted treatment for high cholesterol. Multiple studies show that niacin (not niacinamide) has significant benefits on levels of high-density cholesterol (HDL or "good cholesterol"), with better results than prescription drugs such as "statins" like atorvastatin (Lipitor®). There are also benefits on levels of low-density cholesterol (LDL or "bad cholesterol"), although these effects are less dramatic. Adding niacin to a second drug such as a statin may increase the effects on low-density lipoproteins.The use of niacin for the treatment of dyslipidemia associated with type 2 diabetes has been controversial because of the possibility of worsening glycemic control. Patients should check with a physician and pharmacist before starting niacin.
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Get more information from the National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus website.