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Leading Cardiologist Dispels the Myths about Dietary Supplement Niacin
Date:12/13/2012

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Maintaining high-density lipoprotein (HDL) within the normal range is an important factor in maintaining heart health. HDL cholesterol is also known as "good cholesterol" because it is thought to help move cholesterol out of the arteries and into the liver so the body can get rid of it. Nicotinic acid is a type of B vitamin that occurs naturally and is clinically proven to support HDL, but due to the nature of its name, consumers in need of heart health support may incorrectly associate nicotinic acid with nicotine, the addictive ingredient in cigarettes. What health-minded consumers need to know is that nicotinic acid is not nicotine, and in fact, is the only form of dietary supplement niacin clinically proven to support healthy good cholesterol.

"Maintaining heart health is critical to supporting overall health and there should never be confusion about which dietary supplement niacins are actually beneficial for supporting good cholesterol," said Dr. Lavie, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, New Orleans, LA. "Many of my patients don't know that the only form of dietary supplement niacin clinically proven to support healthy good cholesterol is nicotinic acid and because it sounds similar to the word 'nicotine' they are confused and may reach for niacin labeled 'flush-free' at the pharmacy."

Dietary supplement niacins advertised to be "flush-free" contain inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate, or nicotinamide but often do not contain the key ingredient nicotinic acid.  Dietary supplement niacins come in many forms but only supplements containing nicotinic acid are clinically proven to support good cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as HDL).  A dietary supplement niacin that gradually delivers nicotinic acid to the body, like the unique polygel® controlled-r
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