Is a Niacin Flush Harmful or Dangerous?
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Niacin has many benefits, but is a niacin flush harmful or dangerous? Here’s what you need to know.
0:00 Is the niacin flush dangerous?
0:12 What is a niacin flush?
0:28 What are prostaglandins?
1:10 What you need to know about niacin
Today we’re going to talk about the niacin flush and if it’s dangerous or not. The answer is no. I do not believe the niacin flush is harmful or dangerous.
With a niacin flush, you’re getting massive relaxation of the muscles inside your blood vessels (vasodilation). This occurs because niacin releases something called prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are lipids or fat compounds that have a hormone effect. Prostaglandins increase vasodilation, help reduce blood pressure, and help blood clotting. Prostaglandins are also involved in headaches and fevers.
Niacin has been used therapeutically for over 50 years, and it is the most effective natural agent for increasing your HDL (the good cholesterol). It can also decrease LDL (the damaging LDL) and triglycerides. The keto diet and intermittent fasting may also help with a person’s cholesterol.
A person concerned about their cholesterol may need to take niacin in higher amounts (1000-2000mg per day). Keep in mind the type of niacin that is non-flushing doesn’t have cholesterol-lowering benefits. Niacin may also potentially help reduce schizophrenia.
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