Supplements: The B vitamin shown to ‘slow’ the progression of Alzheimer’s – new study

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Niacin can be obtained through a balanced diet, but it is also available in some supplements and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Thousands of people take prescription niacin in a bid to prevent heart disease, but a 2019 study published in JAMA suggested this regimen offered little benefit.

Harvard Health explained: “The initial interest in niacin stemmed from the drug’s ability to raise HDL cholesterol, once through to protect against cardiovascular disease.

“But HDL is now considered more of a bystander than a helper when it comes to heart disease risk, according to current thinking.”

Data shows that a deficiency in niacin is exceedingly rare, given how readily available it is in common foods, but outbreaks can occur in areas where food is scarce.



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