advertisement
Updated 14 February 2013

New research on niacin

Alcoholics and problem drinkers have benefited from taking niacin, which appears to reduce the craving for alcohol. Niacin seems to reduce the release of histamine, so it can help reduce allergic reactions such as those of hay fever, eczema, urticaria and sinusitis Daily supplements of niacin can reduce the appearance of acne rosacea, the reddening of the face that occurs in some menopausal women. Niacin supplements may help the body to produce more protective “HDL” cholesterol, which in turn helps reduce blocking of the arteries.

0
Alcoholics and problem drinkers have benefited from taking niacin, which appears to reduce the craving for alcohol.

Niacin seems to reduce the release of histamine, so it can help to reduce allergic reactions such as those of hayfever, eczema, urticaria and sinusitis.

Daily supplements of niacin can reduce the appearance of acne rosacea, the reddening of the face that occurs in some menopausal women.

Niacin supplements may help the body to produce more protective “HDL” cholesterol, which in turn helps reduce blocking of the arteries. Its use in diabetics has, however, been controversial. Some scientists feared that it could raise blood sugar levels. But a recent study has suggested that niacin can be safely used to treat cholesterol levels in those with diabetes.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Wasting water? »

South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks

SEE: How much water do you use per day?

With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up.

Life saving tip! »

SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths

Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car

Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.