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Question: My HDL (good) cholesterol level is low. Should I take niacin to raise my HDLs?
Answer: Niacin, at very high doses, can raise HDL levels, as well as lower elevated triglycerides -- both of which would seem to be good objectives, since higher HDL levels are generally associated with reduced risk coronary artery disease, as are lower triglyceride levels. However, it's not necessarily a good idea to take niacin to raise HDLs and there are safer ways to boost HDL levels. See the full answer >>