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Questions raised on vitamin for high cholesterol

A common vitamin used to help control high cholesterol may be doing more harm than good.

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is commonly used by people trying to manage high cholesterol.

Researchers in the UK gave vitamin B3 to 12,000 patients who were also taking another drug to manage high blood pressure and an equal number was given a placebo.

They found no difference in the number of strokes and heart attacks between the two groups, but those on Vitamin B3 had serious side effects.