Vascular Relaxant SR
Applications for Health Improvement
- Supports maintenance of healthy blood lipids
- Supports normal carotid intima-media thickness
- Support for optimizing serum lipid levels including HDL, ALDL, lipo(a), triglycerides
The cardiovascular benefits of niacin (vitamin B3) were introduced in the June 1956 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings . More than 20 years later, the Framingham Heart Study touted the benefits of niacin on lipid metabolism. A decade later, as the study continued, researchers labeled niacin “front-line” cardiovascular support . This status was further reinforced in 1988 when the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) panel designated niacin a “first-line therapy” for support of specific parameters related to cardiovascular health .
Various experimental models suggest niacin can modulate lipoprotein biosynthesis in the liver, inhibit the release of free fatty acids from adipocytes, inhibit synthesis of apo B, induce lipoprotein lipase, and help maintain the structure and function of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) by reducing the amount of apo A-1 broken down from HDL during liver processing.
In 2004, the ARBITER 6-HALTS trial clearly demonstrated that niacin offers targeted support of cardiovascular health . Final results of this trial, published in 2010, further demonstrated that niacin supports healthy carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) .
Sustained Release (SR): Facial flushing is harmless, although it can be a nuisance. Flushing is most often seen with the use of immediate/instant-release forms of niacin. The proprietary wax-coated technology used in Vascular Relaxant tablets allows a gradual, sustained release of niacin over a 7 to 8-hour period. This delivery dramatically reduces the flushing associated with immediate-release forms.
It is important to note that Vascular Relaxant SR should not be confused with “no-flush” niacin, which is inositol hexanicotinate (IHN), a supplement that does not contain any free niacin and may not be as supportive of cardiovascular health as those providing nicotinic acid [8,9].
CAUTIONS: Take under ongoing supervision with regular monitoring of blood chemistry, especially liver function. Do not take if you are pregnant or lactating.
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