Another supplement ingredient touted to lower cholesterol is policosanol, although the evidence is mixed. Tests by ConsumerLab.com identified several policosanol supplements that delivered what they promised, and one was, by far, the best value.
Elevated cholesterol is a key risk factor for heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, 99 million Americans age 20 and older have elevated blood cholesterol levels. Lifestyle changes such as improving diet, losing weight and increasing exercise are often effective at improving cholesterol levels. Various supplement ingredients may be helpful as well, lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad cholesterol"), raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good cholesterol"), and improving the LDL/HDL ratio. Some supplements may also reduce triglycerides.
Among the twelve products covered in the new Review of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements, ten were selected by ConsumerLab.com and two others are included for having passed the same evaluation through ConsumerLab.com's voluntary Quality Certification Program. The supplements covered in the report are:
Andrew Lessman's ProCaps Laboratories CholestaCare
Enzymatic Therapy Cholesterol Shield
Life Extension Policosanol
Nature Made CholestOff
Nature's Life Policosanol
Pure Encapsulations CholestePure
Puritan's Pride Policosanol
Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex
Source Naturals Cholesterol Rescue
Swanson Ultra Policosanol
Vibrant Health Cholesterol Blocker - Version 2.1
The new report provides expert tips on buying and using these supplements and includes information about other ingredients that may improve cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels. Several of these have been the subject of separate test reports by ConsumerLab.com including fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids,garlic, niacin, red yeast rice, and soy protein. Evidence is also reviewed for guggulsterone, pantethine, and Sytrinol.
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