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Sterol, Stanol, and Policosanol Supplements for Cholesterol-lowering Reviewed by ConsumerLab.comProduct Reviews

Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review (Sterols and Policosanol)

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See Our Tests and Comparisons of Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements With Sterols and Policosanol

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Brands compared in report

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
Solgar Policosanol
Source Naturals Cholesterol Rescue
Swanson Ultra Policosanol
Vibrant Health Cholesterol Blocker - Version 2.1 Vanilla

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More about this report

Elevated cholesterol is a key risk factor for heart disease.  Many supplements are sold to improve cholesterol levels.  Some really work to lower cholesterol, while the evidence is not as strong for others.  Among those proven to work are plant sterols, also known as phytosterols. tested several sterol supplements, however, one product appeared to be best -- having clinical evidence to support it and being lowest in cost. 

Another supplement ingredient touted to lower your cholesterol is policosanol, although the evidence is mixed. Tests by identified several policosanol supplements that delivered what they promised, and one was, by far, the best value. also reviewed the evidence for many other ingredients that may improve cholesterol levels and/or triglyceride levels. 

You must be a member to get the full test results for plant sterol and policosanol supplements along with recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for ten supplements selected by and for two others that passed voluntary, quality certification testing.  

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
    • Which plant sterol and policosanol supplements failed testing and which passed
    • Direct comparisons and quality ratings of cholesterol-lowering supplements (and discussion of Smart Balance and Benecol spreads) 
    • The pros and cons of other cholesterol-lowering ingredients such as fish oil (omega-3), garlic, niacin, red yeast rice, guggulsterone, pantethine, soy protein and Sytrinol, and which may be best for you. (Links to product tests for many of these supplements are included.)  
    • Dosage recommendations and how best to take cholesterol-lowering supplements, including plant sterols, plant stanols, and policosanol 
    • Concerns, cautions, drug and nutrient interactions, and potential side effects of plant sterols and policosanol 

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