using niacin to lower cholesterol can increase homocysteine levels

New research shows that using niacin to lower cholesterol can increase homocysteine levels...a possible risk for heart disease.

Homocysteine levels can increase 17% with 1000 mg/day of niacin...55% for doses up to 3000 mg/day.

The concern is that the increase in homocysteine might negate some of niacin's cardiac benefit from lowering cholesterol.

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