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Does flush free niacin work to lower cholesterol?

Asked by frie03 (9points) June 1st, 2009 from iPhone
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gailcalled's avatar

Anecdotally, I would say “No.” Chinese red yeast rice combined with Co-Q-10 and Omega 3 gel caps do a much better job. Some companies have stopped either manufacturing or importing Chinese red yeast rice, but I use it regularly. So do a lot of people I know.

Reputable places like Solgar and Nature’s Way
sell it, both on-line and in retail stores.

It is a natural statin and, like Rx statins, you have to have liver funtion blood work done every six months. It also helps to eat well and exercise regularly.

Since I have started the multi-faceted programs, I have cholestrol numbers to drool over.

PM me if you want suggested doses, etc. Read about these products online, also. Use reputable sites like The Mayo Clinic, NIH, and CDC.

shilolo's avatar

I have to respectfully disagree with Gail. Niacin and statins (red yeast rice) achieve two essentially different goals. While statins are really effective at lowering LDL cholesterol, niacin can lower LDL cholesterol (albeit to a lesser degree than statins) AND raise HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol). No other drugs are able to do both, and that is why niacin is a good medicine, if you can tolerate it at doses high enough to get a beneficial effect.

YARNLADY's avatar

It can be one of the contributors to providing relief.

YARNLADY's avatar

Flush free works as well as regular Niacin but has unpleasant side effects. In order to get the full benefit, you have to take at least 1000 ml.

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