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Hello everyone,

This is my first post in the forum but have a question in ways to raise my
HDL. As of my last test my
Total cholesterol was 137,
LDL 75
HDL 35

For cholesterol I currently take Red Yeast Rice 1,200 mg twice a day
Lecithin 1,200mg twice a day
Fish Oil 2,000mg twice a day

My diet is very healthy and I do cardio 30mins four days a week.

I was wounding if I could add 500mg Niacin to help boost my HDL?

Also if I should add Niacin I heard time released can be harsh on your liver?

I am not sure if I can take Niacin as I am in Red Yeast rice being a natural stain?

Just want to boost my HDL before I get checked six months from now.


Thank you all in advanced:)
Hello Arizona77,

I don't know why you are even bothering with the red yeast rice. Your total cholesterol is not even close to being high. In fact, it's rather low. However, I do agree that you should try to raise the HDL. Niacin should help. I know it has helped me. The best form of niacin to use for raising HDL is the immediate-release form, not the time-release. Plus, it's easier on the liver. Try taking 250mg four times a day, for a total of 1000mg. However, you may want to start with a lower dose if you have problems tolerating it, then gradually increase the dosage. Personally, if I were you, I would forget about the red yeast rice for now, and just focus on increasing the HDL with niacin.
If you have insurance... ask you Doctor for a prescription os Niaspan... it's extended release and is not known to to cause liver problems for most... and reduces significantly any flushing...
Thanks for all of your responses. I am going to add 500mg of Niacin and see what happens. Can I continue to take Red yeast Rice with the Niacin? Thank you all again in advanced.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73;3164509]Hello Arizona77,

I don't know why you are even bothering with the red yeast rice. Your total cholesterol is not even close to being high. In fact, it's rather low. However, I do agree that you should try to raise the HDL. Niacin should help. I know it has helped me. The best form of niacin to use for raising HDL is the immediate-release form, not the time-release. Plus, it's easier on the liver. Try taking 250mg four times a day, for a total of 1000mg. However, you may want to start with a lower dose if you have problems tolerating it, then gradually increase the dosage. Personally, if I were you, I would forget about the red yeast rice for now, and just focus on increasing the HDL with niacin.[/QUOTE]

Hi Arizona73,

I am thinking of stopping the Red Yeast rice and taking 500mg Niacin twice daily. Is this also effective in lowering LDL and TRIG. My LDL and TRIG are great now but I really want to raise my HDL. How much has the Niacin increased your HDL?
Hi Arizona73!

Wow your HDL is over 100!!! I can see why you use Niacin. I want to add 500mg non time released twice a day. I take other supplements as well. Right now for cholesterol I take Red yeast Rice 1,200mg twice a day. Very good brought my LDL down to 76 and TRIG 83. Also I take Fish oil, lecithin, kyolic aged garlic extract and drink lots of Green Tea. I want to continue on the Red Yeast Rice though. Or should I drop the Red Yeast Rice and substitute Niacin? Thanks again for your reply.
Is there anyway to take fish oil supplements and not have to suffer the aftertaste?
AZ77... your numbers are fantastic... and you have a ratio of 2:1... I'd just keep on your current regimine and leave it at that.

I really would obsess any further. I could only wish for your numbers... T-C at 135...? Fantastic!
Hi Venturman,

I fully agree with you. I am going to make no changes. I have been on my current regamin for the past two years and has worked great for me.
Lutheran,

[QUOTE]Is there anyway to take fish oil supplements and not have to suffer the aftertaste?[/QUOTE]

I've been taking mine for nine months now and have not had a problem with aftertaste. Do you take them with or right after a meal? That's what I do. Also, swallow the capsules whole. I don't know how some people manage to consume fish oils by the teaspoon/tablespoon. The taste must be awful. And the smell even worse.....thank goodness for capsules! In any case, Omega 3's are (in my opinion) the best and most beneficial supplement one can take for cardiovascular purposes. More and more doctors now recommend them for heart health. Whatever you do, do not stop taking yours, unless you are prepared to eat wild salmon and/or sardines instead of supplements every day. :D
I went to see my Doctor today and he is took me off the Red Yeast Rice and switched me to Niacin 500mg non time released twice a day. I took 500mg this evening for the first time and I had the typical Niacin side effects for about 2 hours. How long does it typically take for ones body to adjust with these side effects? I know they are harmless but was just wondering how many weeks it typically takes for side effects to not be so intense. I am going to give it more time until I reach my 1,000mg day dosage.
[QUOTE=VentureMan;3178789]Gosh... if you have insurance, ask him to prescribe Niaspan. Way better. I couldn't get over 200 mg of regular niacin... but I hadle 3000 mg niacin just fine.[/QUOTE]

Hi Ventureman,

I am going to see my Doctor next week and will defiantly ask him about prescribing Niaspan.
I am now taking 500mg regular non time released niacin twice day totaling 1,000mg. I know this is a low dosage as some take up to 3,000mg a day. I was just wondering if my current dosage 500mg twice a day immediate release is going to be hard on my liver? I know that time released Niacin can case more liver problems. I was wondering if anyone has taken this dosage of immediate release Niacin and has not had any issues? Also I stopped taking Red Yeast Rice which I heard can be hard on your liver as well. Does anyone know if Red Yeast Rice is harsher on your liver than niacin?
Hi Arizona73,

I just started immediate release niacin 500mg twice a day totaling 1,000mg. Just have had some flushing and some side effects but was advised with continued use they will subside more. I wanted to ask you since you have taken niacin so long have you had any liver problems? My Doctor told me that time released Niacin was not an option as it can cause liver problems. I am doing better each day as I continue to take the Niacin. Since you have been taking it for so long have you had any other problems with Niacin? Thank you very much in advanced.
Hi Arizona77,

In all the years that I have been taking niacin, I have never had any problems with it. I take the immediate-release niacin (250mg four times a day). I think that most people can safely take up to 1000mg. Sometimes I'll still experience a flushing sensation, and other times I won't. I'm not sure why that is. Aside from the fact that immediate-release niacin is easier on the liver than time-release, it is also better for raising HDL levels.
[QUOTE=ARIZONA73;3189047]Hi Arizona77,

In all the years that I have been taking niacin, I have never had any problems with it. I take the immediate-release niacin (250mg four times a day). I think that most people can safely take up to 1000mg. Sometimes I'll still experience a flushing sensation, and other times I won't. I'm not sure why that is. Aside from the fact that immediate-release niacin is easier on the liver than time-release, it is also better for raising HDL levels.[/QUOTE]

Hi Arizona73,

Thank you for your response. I stopped the Niacin this past week but want to go back on it. I had major flushing and a real bad headache all week while I was taking it. I think my problem was that I was doing 500mg a day for three days then I bumped it up to 500mg twice a day. I think it is best if I go back to start on a low dose may be 100mg once a day and gradually build up. My doctor advise me he had no issues of me taking 1,000mg immediate release daily. How would you suggest me increasing my dosage? What I understand it is best to increase after a week or so and then move up.
[QUOTE=VentureMan;3189853]My understanding is that you should not increase it more than once every 4 weeks. For fast release... maybe 100 mg first four weeks, then bump it to 250 for the next... then 500... then 1000.

A typical Niaspan regimine is 500 mg, then 1000, then 1500, then 2000.

I tollerated Niaspan well, so I went 1000, 2000, 3000 in 4 week intervals.

If you have insurance, ask you Doctor about Niaspan.[/QUOTE]

Hi Ventureman,

I agree with you fully. Niacin is an extremely powerful substance and it is best to go up very gradually. I am going to do what you suggested. 100mg 4 weeks and then so on. What I have heard from others is to increase very slowly as well. Thanks again for your response.
Please remember (for safety) that there is NOT a 1:1 ratio between the different Niacin products so if you switch from dietary supplement niacin and go to Rx Niaspan you do have to re-titrate. Same is true if you switch from immediate release to sustained to timed to whatever.





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