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Dave,

If you want to hold off on the niacin for now, you can always try fish oil, lecithin, and garlic. These have helped raise HDL for some people. But look for an enteric coated garlic supplement which has been standardized to contain at least 4000mcg allicin.

Don't restrict your fat intake too much. Monounsaturated and saturated fats promote higher HDL levels.

I really don't think you need to take Niaspan. Niaspan is an extended-release niacin. Extended-release niacin is probably more effective at lowering LDL than the immediate-release niacin. On the other hand, immediate-release niacin is said to be more effective at raising HDL, and that's what you want. So, you can just as easily purchase an over the counter niacin supplement for this purpose. Plus, immediate-release niacin is easier on the liver. As an alternative, you can also try the flush-free niacin, known as inositol hexanicotinate. This is also a very safe form of niacin.





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