MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Among the forms of dietary supplement niacin, including "flush-free" niacin, only nicotinic acid, the key ingredient in Slo-Niacin®, is clinically proven to support good cholesterol (HDL). Slo-Niacin® helps maintain good cholesterol within the healthy range. Many of those "flush-free" and "laboratory tested" niacin supplements calling out to you from the nutrition aisle contain niacin in the form of inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate or nicotinamide. These types of niacin are not intended for the heart health-minded supplement seeker who wants a form that is clinically proven to support good cholesterol (HDL).
"Perusing the dietary supplements aisle can be overwhelming, so when I recommend a niacin supplement to my patients to help support their heart health, my guidance is quite simple--if it doesn't include nicotinic acid, leave the bottle on the shelf and find one that does," said Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, New Orleans, LA. "I recommend Slo-Niacin® to my patients because it includes nicotinic acid, the only form of dietary supplement niacin that is clinically proven to support good cholesterol, also known as HDL. It works, and its unique formulation helps to minimize flushing, a harmless side effect that sometimes occurs with niacin use."
About Niacin and Good Cholesterol (HDL)
Niacin is a type of B vitamin that occurs naturally and aids in the function of the digestive system, skin, and nervous system and can help maintain good cholesterol (HDL) within the normal range. Niacin, or nicotinic acid, has been used since the 1950s to support healthy good cholesterol. Niacin in the form of nicotinic acid is clinically proven to support good cholesterol (HDL). High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is known as go