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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Niacin lowers C-reactive protein (CPR) by an average of 24%
Extended-release niacin (1500 to 2000 mg per day) lowers levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) by an average of 24% in people starting with higher levels of Lp(a)—starting levels of 92 mg/dL versus 54 mg/dL—according to a study from Russia.
Elevated levels of C-reative protein—above 2 mg/dL—are associated with an increased risk of heart and stroke as noted by the Mayo Clinic.
Note: I prefer immediate-release niacin to extended-release niacin. In the 1980’s there were reports of some liver problems with extended-release niacin, and earlier studies showing benefits of niacin used immediate-release niacin, not extended-release.Read the entire article | Email this article
Friday, October 31, 2008
Vitamin C (1000 mg per day) reduced C-reactive protein by 25%, as much as statins
This was as much as occurs with statin drugs used to lower cholesterol levels.
Three-fourth of obese people (75 percent) had levels of C-reactive protein at or above 1.0 mg per deciliter.
"In summary, treatment with vitamin C but not vitamin E significantly reduced CRP among individuals with CRP >/=1.0 mg/L," the researchers concluded.
C-reactive protein is produced by the liver and by fat cells. Elevated levels of C-reactive protein are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and are a marker for inflammation in the body. Levels are elevated in obesity people because, as one researcher said, obesity is a chronic inflammatory state. Read the entire article | Email this article
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