Control Your Cholesterol: 4 Supplements to Consider - Sterols and Stanols

If you are trying to get your cholesterol under control and want to consider supplements in addition to the food fixes, here are your best bets.

Plant sterols and stanols are natural substances found in small amounts in certain plant foods. A daily dose of 2 grams of sterols/stanols has been shown to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol. Because it’s impossible to consume that amount from food alone, you may want to consider taking a supplement. While there are margarine spreads on the market with added sterols/stanols, you can skirt the extra calories by taking these compounds in pill form. Read the package directions carefully; you typically have to take them prior to meals in two separate, daily doses. If you are taking a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication, talk with your doctor before taking sterol/stanol supplements.