Understanding how niacin treats high cholesterol levels

Niacin is a B vitamin commonly used by your body to turn food into energy. It is also known as vitamin B3 and helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy. As a supplement, niacin may help ease arthritis, boost brain function and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, among many other benefits. Studies also show that niacin can improve … Continue reading Understanding how niacin treats high cholesterol levels

How low is too low? Lowering “bad” cholesterol by using medication could be bad for you, warn experts

Is there really “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol? The medical community has branded low density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol “bad” because high levels are linked to plaque buildup in the arteries, heart disease, and risk of ischemic stroke. However, a new study from Penn State University argues that LDL cholesterol is necessary in moderate amounts. LDL cholesterol … Continue reading How low is too low? Lowering “bad” cholesterol by using medication could be bad for you, warn experts

Eating 15 almonds a day lowers bad cholesterol levels and decreases the risk for diabetes

Studies suggest that eating around 15 almonds each day can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk for diabetes, according to a report published by GreenMedInfo.com. In the report, one of the clinical studies investigated the effects almonds have in improving the levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol. The researchers recruited 150 patients with pre-existing … Continue reading Eating 15 almonds a day lowers bad cholesterol levels and decreases the risk for diabetes