Thanks but do you have any scientific articles to support your claim?Yes niacin is safe to take. I would go slow and build up to a full dose. I would take a quarter of a pill for a couple of days or so and then work up to a half a pill for another couple of days so you work up to a full pill.
(when I say pill I mean supplement)
A deficiency of niacin causes pellagra. The symptoms include inflamed skin, digestive problems, and mental impairment.
Large doses of niacin can cause liver damage, peptic ulcers, and skin rashes. Even normal doses can be associated with skin flushing. It can be prescribed as a treatment for elevated total cholesterol and other types of lipid disorders, but it should only be used with medical supervision due to its potential for severe side effects. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002409.htm
Niacin (nicotinic acid)
This drug works in the liver by affecting the production of blood fats. Niacin is prescribed to lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol.
Niacin side effects may include flushing, itching and stomach upset. Your liver functions may be closely monitored, as niacin can cause toxicity. Nonprescription immediate release forms of niacin usually have the most side effects, especially at higher doses. Niacin is used cautiously in diabetic patients as it can raise blood sugar levels.
Niacin comes in prescription form and as “dietary supplements.” Dietary supplement niacin must not be used as a substitute for prescription niacin. It should not be used for lowering cholesterol because of potential serious side effects. Dietary supplement niacin is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the same way that prescription niacin is. It may contain widely variable amounts of niacin — from none to much more than the label states. The amount of niacin may even vary from lot to lot of the same brand. Consult your doctor before starting any niacin therapy. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=163
Thanks so a minimum dose can be a positive thing on cholesterol but it won't be toxic to the body?You can find much information and research reference at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
Also at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
Just do a search on niacin flush.
I'm not sure what daily dosage would cause toxicity; but you can handle that with activated charcoal, which will absorb toxins and unfortunately the good stuff too.
My understanding is - yes. I have heard and read how niacin can help manage cholesterol. It would not be my personal choice as a primary supplement. My hesitation is that I also understand that it is not good to take a single vitamin B in favor of others in the complex; including B12. It creates an unreasonable imbalance. However, this is something I've read in several places and have no experience. I don't know how I would even measure the consequences in my body.Thanks so a minimum dose can be a positive thing on cholesterol but it won't be toxic to the body?