White Plains, New York, July 21, 2014 —Certain dietary supplements can help reduce elevated cholesterol levels. A new report from ConsumerLab.com reviews the evidence behind each of the popular cholesterol-lowering ingredients and provides test results for twelve supplements. Among those proven to work are plant sterols, also known as phytosterols, which bind cholesterol in the gut. ConsumerLab.com tested several sterol supplements. One product appeared to be best -- having clinical evidence to support it and being lowest in cost.
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.
ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of consumer information and independent evaluations of products that affect health and nutrition. Membership to ConsumerLab.com is available online, providing immediate access to independent reviews of more than 1,000 products. The company is privately held and based in Westchester, New York. It has no ownership from, or interest in, companies that manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products. ConsumerLab.com is affiliated with PharmacyChecker.com, an evaluator of online pharmacies, and MedicareDrugPlans.com, which reviews and rates Medicare Part D plans.