Research has shown that taking a supplement containing plant sterols helps to lower total and LDL cholesterol by reducing the body’s absorption of cholesterol by up to 65% and increasing elimination of excess cholesterol from the body. Overall, plant sterols have been shown to lower total cholesterol by up to 10% and LDL cholesterol levels by up to 15%.
In addition to phytosterols, Dr. Whitaker’s comprehensive formula includes other supportive ingredients to help promote healthy cholesterol balance and cardiovascular health.
Grape Seed Extract is full of antioxidant polyphenols and has a wide variety of health benefits, especially for the cardiovascular system. Most importantly, the powerful antioxidant properties of grape seed extract prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E and have been shown to be very effective for balancing cholesterol levels and protecting against cholesterol oxidation. In one double-blind, placebo controlled study, supplementation with vitamin E tocotrienols lowered total cholesterol levels by 31% in just 4 weeks in patients with high cholesterol levels.
Lutein is a powerful antioxidant which is beneficial for preventing LDL oxidation, and has even been shown toreduce the concentration of oxidized LDL in the body, thereby helping to lower the risk of atherosclerosis.