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Leading Cardiology Expert's Advice on Dietary Supplement Niacins: Make Informed Choices at the Shelf and Scan the Label for Nicotinic Acid
Date:9/18/2012

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Many non-prescription dietary supplement niacins tout that they promote heart health on their labels, but the simple fact is that most do not have specific data for their brand to back their claims. Leading Cardiologist, Dr. Carl Lavie, Medical Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, New Orleans, LA, stresses the importance of doing your homework and learning how to read a dietary supplement label.

"The only form of niacin that is clinically proven to support good cholesterol is nicotinic acid," said Dr. Lavie. "If the label doesn't explicitly list nicotinic acid as the main niacin ingredient, put it back on the shelf and reach for another. Supplements that contain inositol hexaniacinate, inositol hexanicotinate, or nicotinamide, which are found in 'flush-free' niacin products, are not clinically proven to support good cholesterol."

Dietary supplements are dominating the shelves of pharmacy retailers, with brands vying for the attention of health-conscious consumers. In fact, industry experts report that approximately 50% of American adults take dietary supplements. Recently, inspections by the FDA revealed that poor manufacturing practices are widespread, despite regulations put into place in 2007 governing manufacturing, packing and holding standards of the dietary supplement industry.

"In my cardiology practice, I have been recommending dietary supplements for decades, so these reports are troubling," commented Dr. Lavie. "I stress to my patients that it is important to do their homework and make informed choices at the pharmacy shelf to ensure that they select quality supplements that have been proven to support healthy living and are distributed by respected manufacturers. As a cardiologist, I recommend dietary supplement niacin in the form of nicotinic acid to support healthy good cholesterol and often refer my patients to Slo-Nia
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