Industry Expert's Advice on Selecting a Dietary Supplement Niacin for Heart Health: Only Reach for Nicotinic Acid Produced by a Trusted Manufacturer

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.  Despite the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) governing manufacturing, packaging and holding standards for the dietary supplement industry, it is difficult for consumers to be sure their supplement manufacturer actually complies with these standards. 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 selecting a dietary supplement from a trusted manufacturer with a reputation for quality.

"In my cardiology practice, I have been recommending dietary supplements for decades," 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-Niacin®, which is available without a prescription and is manufactured in the United States by Upsher-Smith, a trusted company whose facility is routinely inspected by the FDA. "

Many non-prescription dietary supplement niacins claim to promote heart health, but the simple fact is that most do not have supporting data to prove it.  

"The only form of niacin that is clinically proven to support good cholesterol is nicotinic acid," Dr. Lavie added. "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."

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 within the normal range .  Niacin, or nicotinic acid, has been used since the 1950s to support healthy good cholesterol, also known as  HDL.  High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is 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.  A normal level of HDL cholesterol in your blood is higher than 40 mg/dL. Niacin flushing may occur with the use of nicotinic acid, which causes temporary vasodilation or widening of blood vessels in the skin.

About Slo-Niacin® Tablets
Slo-Niacin® Tablets utilize a unique polygel® controlled-release system, not available in other dietary supplement niacin products, that gradually delivers nicotinic acid into the body and is designed to reduce the likelihood of flushing commonly associated with immediate-release niacin use. At approximately $16 for one hundred 500 mg tablets, Slo-Niacin® Tablets are an affordable option to help support a healthy heart. To support individual heart health needs, Slo-Niacin® Tablets are available in three strengths (250 mg, 500 mg, and 750 mg).

Slo-Niacin® Tablets are manufactured by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., a trusted manufacturer of high-quality dietary supplement and prescription products since 1919. Over the last 20 years, more than 12 million bottles have been sold.  Slo-Niacin® Tablets are conveniently available at pharmacies and other retailers nationwide, without a prescription. For more information, coupons, and a store locator, visit www.Slo-Niacin.com.

About Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly growing pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets both prescription and consumer products. Privately held since 1919, the company strives to recognize the unmet healthcare needs of our customers. Upsher-Smith prides itself in providing safe, effective, and economical therapies to the ever-changing healthcare environment. For additional information about Upsher-Smith, visit www.upsher-smith.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. Lavie consults on behalf of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
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Slo-Niacin product information. http://www.slo-niacin.com/about-slo-niacin/directions-for-use. Upsher-Smith Laboratories, 2011. Accessed Oct. 15, 2013.
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