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Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review (Sterols/Stanols and Policosanol)

Reviewed and edited by Tod Cooperman, M.D. Tod Cooperman, M.D.
 Initial Posting: 9/27/17 Last Update: 1/2/18
Sterol, Stanol, and Policosanol Supplements for Cholesterol-lowering Reviewed by

Find the Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement

See Which Plant Sterol and Policosanol Supplements Passed Our Tests and Are Our Top Picks

Alphabetical list of cholesterol-lowering supplement brands with sterols or policosanol compared in this review
Designs For Health Foresterol Olympian Labs Policosanol Solgar Policosanol
GNC Policosanol Piping Rock Ultra Policosanol The Vitamin Shoppe Policosanol
ModuChol ProCaps Laboratories CholestaCare Vibrant Health Cholesterol Blockers Version 2.3
Nature Made CholestOff    
Designs For Health Foresterol GNC Policosanol ModuChol Nature Made CholestOff Olympian Labs Policosanol Piping Rock Ultra Policosanol ProCaps Laboratories CholestaCare Solgar Policosanol The Vitamin Shoppe Policosanol Vibrant Health Cholesterol Blockers Version 2.3
Make sure the sterol or policosanol supplement you take passed our test and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Research shows that plant sterols (phytosterols) can help lower elevated cholesterol levels — a key risk factor for heart disease. But do sterol supplements on the market contain what they claim and provide a dose shown to work? If so, which one is best?

To find out, we tested popular phytosterol supplements on the market. We discovered that not all products contain what they claim, and those that cost more aren't necessarily better quality. Among the products that passed all of our tests, we selected a Top Pick.

We also tested several supplements containing policosanol, another ingredient promoted as lowering cholesterol. Among the policosanol products that passed our tests, we selected the one that provided the best quality of the most researched form at the best price as our Top Pick. also reviewed the evidence for many other ingredients promoted as improving 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: Eight selected by and two others that passed the same testing through our voluntary Quality Certification Program.

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
    • Which plant sterol and policosanol supplements failed testing and which passed
    • ConsumerLab's Top Picks for sterol and policosanol supplements
    • The evidence for phytosterol spreads like Smart Balance and Benecol
    • How much to take, and the best way to take sterol, stanol and policosanol supplements
    • Concerns, cautions, drug and nutrient interactions, and potential side effects of plant sterols and policosanol
    • 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 our product reviews for many of these supplements are included)

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