After years of being urged to take Statins for my high Cholestorol (300+), an essential nutrient has finally come to my attention as far safer, cheaper and far more effective for heart health—in therapeutic doses:
In 2006, Erik T. Paterson reported this experience healing heart “failure” with Niacin:
In the late 1970s an eighty-year-old patient presented in my office with the full picture of left heart failure. He complained of shortness of breath, aggravated by exertion. His blood pressure was not elevated … . He had little dependent edema; his jugular venous pulse was not elevated … . A family doctor … had established the diagnosis of left heart failure. …
it was clear to both the patient and myself that his heart failure was not under adequate control. He had also been seen by a cardiologist who had nothing further to offer. The patient was afraid of dying imminently. …
I knew that niacin, among its many other benefits, was a vasodilator [and] explained this to my elderly patient. He agreed to try niacin in the full one gram dose three times per day after meals. He knew that the niacin flush would occur, and, when it did, he put up with it. Of course it became barely noticeable within a week.Heart Failure and Niacin
The article above led me to the 1989 article Niacin, Coronary Disease and Longevity in which Abram Hoffer reported on a 1985 retrospective study of a trial involving 8,000 men with recent heart events. This showed that a few grams of Niacin/day extended life by two years (across all causes of death—heart disease, cancer, etc.):
[First Dr. Hoffer observed] that the niacin had restored the ability of [his bleeding gums] to repair itself faster than I could damage it … [then he encountered a theory that] arteriosclerosis [is a condition in which] the inner lining of the [blood] vessels … had lost its ability to repair itself quickly enough. [He then describes how this led to the study mentioned above showing a two year increase in longevity, all in relatively readable English.]Niacin, Coronary Disease and Longevity
This 2013 collection of statements from physicians and researchers affirms the safety, cost savings and vastly greater effectiveness of Niacin over Statins while exposing the potential profit motive in continuing to promote Statins rather than Niacin:
In clinical trials, when niacin has been compared to other marketed drugs it has led to most undesirable effects for business, but most therapeutically beneficial effects for the fortunate patients.Niacin Beats Statins
The failure of the medical establishment during the last forty years to recognize the value of vitamin E in controlling heart disease is responsible for a tremendous amount of unnecessary suffering and for many early deaths. The interesting story of the efforts to suppress the Shute discoveries about vitamin E illustrates the shocking bias of organized medicine against nutritional measures for achieving improved health.
At the same link Andrew Saul comments:
Over half a century ago, the Shute brothers and colleagues showed that, with even higher doses …, and with an insistence on the use of natural vitamin E, the results are better still.
Dr. Saul then offers this quote from Dr. Evan Shute:
We didn’t make vitamin E so versatile. God did. Ignore its mercy at your peril.
2017 news article:
[The] Nurse’s Health Study, involving more than 87,000 women, … reported an amazing 41 percent reduction in risk of heart disease among nurses who had taken Vitamin E for more than two years. … In the Health Professionals Follow-up Study involving almost 40,000 men, Dr. Eric Riman and colleagues found that men who had taken Vitamin E for more than two years had a 37 percent lower risk of heart disease compared to men who had not taken supplements of Vitamin E. The average level of daily intake in the lowest risk group was 400 I.U. A Harvard Health Letter stated, “a consistent body of research indicates that vitamin E may protect people against heart disease…doses ranging from 100 to 800 I.U. per day may lower the risk of heart disease by 30 to 40 percent.”
Since learning about Niacin in mid-April, 2020, my family and I have plowed through the initial “niacin flush” experience (30-60 minutes that may feel something like sunburn following each increase in dosage) and are taking Niacin regularly.
For those interested in trying this, I suggest starting with a 250mg dose three times a day (with meals to soften the reaction). As the “flush” reaction tapers off with repeated use, double the dose repeatedly—up to a gram three times daily.