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I recall reading somewhere that too much Niacin can interfere with your Liver? my Husband has 3 months to change his diet, modify his vitamins to see if he can lower his results naturally. His # was 235, His LDL 162, His HDL 45, His Tri 145, His Ratio 5.2. He is 42 yrs old and thin. These are the things I plan to stick with as foods for every day and the vitamins/Supplements I want him to start taking (Learned most of this from this board) .....tell me what you think, if I need to correct any of this--I have a few questions after a few of thess.

Plan to Buy & have him eat every day:

Almonds
Mixed Nuts
Green Tea
OATMEAL
CINNIMIN 1/2 tsp a day in oatmeal.
Apple a day
Honey (for tea)
FLAX SEED to Put on Cereal
OILIVE oil
Eat FISH 3 times a week
Eat Eggs 3-4 times a Week
ONLY Non Hydrated Margarine/butter
Baby aspirin once in a while (do I need some Folic acid to counteract with this)
Apple cider vinegar (if he can swig some now & then)

For supplements:

Time Release Niacin 1,000 mg a day (Helps HDL rise?)
Not too much Red Yeast Rice (similar to statins) -a few times a week?
FISH Oil (1,000) 2 times a day or total of 3,000 a day
400 mg garlic (any certain kind I should buy??)
Alpha Linolenic acid ----what is this exactly - should I add this ?
1200 mg. liquid lecithin (few times a week)

Anything else I should add to this? I Usually use Puritan Pride for my Vitamin store, is this good ???

Any advice, please post! Thanks
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For supplements:

Time Release Niacin 1,000 mg a day (Helps HDL rise?)
Not too much Red Yeast Rice (similar to statins) -a few times a week?
FISH Oil (1,000) 2 times a day or total of 3,000 a day
400 mg garlic (any certain kind I should buy??)
Alpha Linolenic acid ----what is this exactly - should I add this ?
1200 mg. liquid lecithin (few times a week)

Anything else I should add to this? I Usually use Puritan Pride for my Vitamin store, is this good ???

Any advice, please post! Thanks[/QUOTE]


I don't think it's really necessary to buy any extra Alpha Linolenic Acid. The flaxseed already contains quite a bit of that.

The form of niacin to use may depend on what you're particularly concerned about. If you're mainly interested in increasing HDL, then an immediate-release form of niacin usually does a better job, and is easier on the liver. However, if you're also trying to lower LDL, then a time-release product may be preferable, although they are also harder on the liver.

I also order most of my supplements from Puritan's Pride. The niacin I use is simply the regular immediate-release form (250mg taken 4 times each day). I've been taking this for 20 years, and it has definitely increased my HDL.

Okay, and now for the garlic. I also order that from Puritan's Pride. I would suggest you order the "Maximum Garlic 6500". It is an enteric coated product which is standardized for its allicin content. This product should have the most beneficial effect on his HDL. That's the one I've been using, and I found that it has given me an added boost in HDL. I hope this helped.
[QUOTE=OverRunWithSons]So we should use the Flushing kind only ---and we need to gradually increase our dosage , does the flushing diminish after you take this awhile? Lets say I want to take a Maximum of 500 mgs a day, should I do (5) 100 mg's throughout the day? What is the best way to do this? Or (2) 250 mg's a day?? Thanks[/QUOTE]

If you're going to order niacin from Puritan's Pride, you'll notice that there are three different kinds to choose from. There is the regular immediate-release niacin, which comes in 100mg and 250mg potencies. A 250mg time release product is also available. They also carry flush-free niacin (inositol hexanicotinate), which is available in 500mg capsules. If you are really worried about flushing, you can try the flush-free form. It's supposed to work just as well, although it is more expensive. But if you'd prefer to use the regular niacin, I would suggest you start with the 100mg immediate-release version, and gradually increase the dosage as you get used to it. But I would hold off on the red yeast rice until you've given the niacin a chance first. I'd be a little cautious about combining red yeast rice with niacin.

You said that your husband has just 3 months to improve his numbers. Why only 3 months? Sometimes these things take a little longer than that, especially when you are experimenting with diet and various supplements in order to determine which combination works best.
IMHO, if he is taking any version of niacin, especially in relatively high doses like 1000 mg per day, and he is taking red yeast rice (which is similar in composition to the statins), he needs to be getting LFTs (liver function tests) done on a regular basis.





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