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See our tests, comparisons, and reviews to find the best cholesterol-lowering supplements, including supplements containing plant sterols, stanols, and policosanol, and learn about dosage, safety and more.

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1.To lower my cholesterol, I am taking a phytosterol supplement. Will taking other supplements, like red yeast rice or fish oil, help lower my cholesterol even further?
2.I read that sterol supplements to lower cholesterol like CholestOff can block the absorption of vitamins. Is that true?
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Clinical Updates Found:
2015 Stanols Lower Cholesterol (07/29/2015)
Stanols Lower Cholesterol
Many studies have shown that plant sterols and stanols can help lower levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol. A new placebo-controlled study, which involved advice on diet and exercise, found benefit with a slightly lower dose of stanols than typically recommended. Get the details in the “What to Consider When Buying” section of the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review »
 Do Plant Sterols Help? (06/10/2015)
Do Plant Sterols Help?
Many studies have shown that taking plant sterols with meals can lower levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol. While that’s a good thing, a recent study questions whether this reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease – the main target of treatment. Get the details in the “Concerns and Cautions” section of the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements (Sterols and Policosanol) Review >>
2014 Taking Fish Oil with Sterols (08/31/2014)
Taking Fish Oil with Sterols
A new study found that adding EPA and DHA from fish oil to a spread containing plant sterols is not a problem and may provide additional benefit for those with high cholesterol levels. For more information, including dosage amounts, see the update in the Review of Cholesterol-Lowerers >> 
2012 Do Spreads Lower Heart Risk? (09/30/2012)
Do Spreads Lower Heart Risk?
Buttery spreads like Smart Balance and Benecol claim to lower the risk of heart disease due to their phytosterols/stanols. These plant compounds can certainly help (by lowering cholesterol levels), but recent lawsuits challenge whether Smart Balance and Benecol provide enough sterols/stanols to claim a benefit. It turns out that one may, and one may not. Find out more and get our quality ratings of cholesterol-lowering supplements in the updated Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review >>
 A More Effective Way to Take Sterols/Stanols to Lower Cholesterol? (08/05/2012)
A More Effective Way to Take Sterols/Stanols to Lower Cholesterol?
A new study shows that taking sterols and stanols from a softgel appears to lower cholesterol more effectively than from a tablet. Get the details, including the name of a new product like the one taken in the study, in the updated Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review.  More >>
 When Not to Take Selenium Cholesterol Lowering with Sterols/Stanols (03/04/2012)
When Not to Take Selenium Cholesterol Lowering with Sterols/Stanols
A recent study using a popular supplement, CholestOff, showed a modest reduction in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and total cholesterol. The reductions were not as dramatic as in some other studies of sterols and stanols; possibly because participants in the study were already on a cholesterol-lowering diet. See the update to the Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements Review for details of the study, more information about the diet, and our tests of CholestOff and other cholesterol-lowering supplements. More >>

News Releases Found:
2019 Best Cholesterol-Lowering Supplements (Sterols, Stanols & Policosanol) Identified by ConsumerLab (04/26/2019)
2014 Which Supplements Help Lower Cholesterol? Identifies Best Products by Reviewing Evidence and Testing Quality (07/22/2014)
2013 Use of CoQ10, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and B Vitamins on the Rise According to Survey (01/31/2013)
2012 Fish oil and multivitamins most popular supplements in survey -- Internet most popular place to shop (02/05/2012)
2010 Cholesterol-lowering supplements reviewed by Many pass quality testing, one fails. Sterol and policosanol products analyzed.  Evidence for other cholesterol-lowering ingredients evaluated (03/25/2010)
2008 Tests of ten red yeast rice supplements by reveal significant statin levels, but some pills contaminated -- Popular cholesterol-lowering supplements compared in new report (07/01/2008)
2006 evaluates cholesterol-lowering supplements — Test results available for over 90 products; Review of nine popular ingredients (08/01/2006) tests cancer-prevention supplements; several contaminated with lead or low in ingredient
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2003 finds many cholesterol-lowering supplements poorly made — Test results published online today (07/31/2003) finds lead in coral calcium product; Product also charged with false advertising by FTC — Calcium supplement product review published online today (06/10/2003)
 Consumers advised to read labels carefully when selecting herbal supplements for prostate — Saw palmetto product review published online today (05/20/2003)
 Low quality ingredient appears widespread among Ginkgo supplements according to; points to challenge for FDA's proposed regulations — Review of memory enhancement supplements released today (04/21/2003)
2000 Quality of prostate supplements get mixed review in study; Saw palmetto product review published online today. (01/31/2000)


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