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inositol vs inositol hexa-niacinate
Posted by: Jeanmarie
Date: April 14, 2002 11:48 PM

Is it more effective to take inositol hexa-niacinate or just inositol when trying to reduce cholesterol? Is any other supplement more effective?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at October 29, 2007 5:02 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: inositol vs inositol hexa-niacinate
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 15, 2002 1:47 AM

Inositol hexaniacinate. Plain niacin does a good job, but many people cannot handle the tingling side effects. There are a number of other items which are said to lower cholesterol. They do not have a totally predictable pattern of action, varying from one person to the next and it turns out to be a trial and error approach. Here is the list. I am not recommending any of this for you, but just giving you the list for educational purposes (beside IHN):

Vitamins: Pantothine 300 mg./day
Vitamin C 3,000-4,000 mg./day or to bowel tolerance
Bioflavinoids (prevents oxidation of LDL):
Sitosterols 500 mg. 2/day
Vitamin E 400 - 800 IU/day
Lecithin 19 grains 3/day
Fish oil capsules 15-30 mg./day
Pantothine (active form of pantothenic acid) 900 mg.
Nefrologia 1995;(15)1:68-73
Plant Extract: Gugu Plus #860 PSE, four doses per day
Garlic as extract (e.g. Kyolic)
Herbs: Panax ginseng
Siberian ginseng
Comphimura mukkul
Minerals: Chromium Picolinate 400 mcg. per day (Helps make GTF
Magnesium 800 mg. per day

Hormone Tx: DHEA 25-50 mg. daily

Amino acid: 6 grams free L-Arginine per day (in three two divided doses) J of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 1995;19(3):227-230 (They actually used 17 grams per day to demonstrate safety, however this level is not necessary for cholesterol lowering.)

Note: Many researchers believe that the cholesterol level itself is not so important as the ratio of high density to low density cholesterol. This protocol is designed to raise HDL and lower LDL as well as lower overall cholesterol. Even if cholesterol levels remain higher than normal, Vitamin C and Vitamin E provide antioxidant protection from the oxidizing effect of LDL.

RE: inositol vs inositol hexa-niacinate
Posted by: jeanmarie dinoto
Date: April 17, 2002 12:24 AM

Thank you, Dr. Kennedy. I am going to try what you suggested

RE: inositol vs inositol hexa-niacinate
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 17, 2002 2:44 AM

As I said before, I am not suggesting or recommending anything for you. You should carry out any treatment program in consultation with your personal physician. I am not writing this simply for medical-legal purposes, it really will work out better for you.

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