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Although generally considered to be quite safe, there is some concern that sterol and stanol supplements might inhibit the absorption of beta-carotene, vitamin E and perhaps other fat-soluble vitamins (A and D) as well, so use of a nutritional supplement is recommended but should be taken at a different time than sterols and stanols. (Of course, if you are getting adequate sun exposure, you won't need to supplement with vitamin D.) You can compare the evidence and safety for sterols, stanols, and other cholesterol-lowering supplements like red yeast rice, niacin and soy, plus see our test results for popular products, in the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review >> 

(Be aware that two cases of elevated liver enzymes have been reported in individuals taking a particular sterol/stanol supplement.)

Some preliminary evidence suggests that green tea and certain probiotics may also help to modestly lower levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.

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Fay16286
December 18, 2017

This is in regard to CholestOff. After reading favorable information from this site (and I trust y'all), we started using CholestOff. I had an unexpected result. After 4 months of taking CholestOff, along with a healthy diet and exercise, I was thrilled to see my LDL levels drop on my next blood test. BUT my liver numbers went up, specifically the ALT and AST. This puzzled my doctor as I have never had abnormal LFTs, have never had any liver disease and I do not drink alcohol, never have. The only variable was the CholestOff. So, reluctantly, I have stopped taking it and my doctor wants to retest liver functions in a month or so. Any insight anyone can provide would be welcome.

ConsumerLab.com
December 19, 2017

Hi Fay - Thank you for letting us know about your experience. Please see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review for more about this: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Cholesterol-Lowering_Supplements_Review_Sterols_Policosanol/cholesterol/#cautions

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