Washington: A daily dose of niacin, also known as vitamin B3, improves erectile function in men with high cholesterol, a new study has found.The results show that the 80 men who took niacin and began the study with moderate or severe erectile dysfunction (ED) reported an improvement in their ability to maintain an erection.The 80 men who took a placebo pill, who also began the study with only mild ED, did not have a change in symptoms, the study said.In addition to ED, all 160 men also had high cholesterol and lipid levels."The exciting thing about this finding," said study author Dr. Chi-Fai Ng of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, "is that niacin is a very old drug and the safety of it is quite well-documented. Basically, it`s just a vitamin, and so this would be a very simple way to improve erectile function."The men taking niacin not only scored better on a self-reported test of erectile function; their lipid levels also improved.For most patients, current ED drugs improve erectile function, but only during that brief time span.
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