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GNC Preventive Nutrition® Healthy Cholesterol
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GNC Preventive Nutrition® Healthy Cholesterol90 Caplets
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- Supports normal, healthy cholesterol & triglyceride levels with clinically studied black tea extract.*
- Features potent phytosterols, which may reduce the risk of heart disease.*
- Provides CoQ-10 for powerful cardiovascular antioxidant support.*
Cholesterol Support- Features a powerful blend of black tea extract that is clinically shown to support normal, healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels and heart health.* Phytosterols work by blocking cholesterol absorption from foods and may reduce the risk of heart disease.*
Antioxidant Support- Provides trimethylglycine and CoQ-10 to help protect cells from oxdative damage. * CoQ-10 is a powerful cardiovascular antioxidant and an essential component of the heart’s energy producing system.*
Inflammatory Response Support- Contains Acacia catechu and Scutellaria baicalensis, powerful antioxidant herbs that support a healthy response to inflammation.*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Supplement Facts
As a dietary supplement, take three softgel capsules daily with food.
Serving Size 3 Caplets Servings Per Container 30 Amount Per Serving % DV Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate) 222.00 mg 22% Cholesterol Support Blend 0.00 ** CardioAid™ Phytosterols 1200.00 mg ** Black Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia sinensis) 1000.00 mg ** Antioxidant Support Complex: 0.00 ** CoEnzyme Q-10 100.00 mg ** Betaine (Betaine hydrochloride) 100.00 mg ** Lutemax 2020™ Lutein 1000.00 mcg ** Zeaxanthin 200.00 mcg ** Inflammatory Response Support Blend 0.00 ** Cutch Tree Wood & Bark Extract (Acacia catechu) Chinese Skullcap Root Extract (Scutellaria balcalensis) 62.50 mg ** ** Daily Value (DV) not established
- Health Notes
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- Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
- Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
- For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.
Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.
For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.
Supplement Amount WhyBeta-Glucan 2,900 to 15,000 mg daily [3 stars] Beta-glucan is a type of soluble fiber that has been shown to lower total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol.Chromium 200 to 500 mcg daily [3 stars] Chromium supplementation has reduced total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and increased HDL cholesterol in double-blind and other controlled trials.Fenugreek 10 to 30 grams three times per day with meals [3 stars] Fenugreek seeds contain compounds that inhibit both cholesterol absorption in the intestines and cholesterol production by the liver.Glucomannan 4 to 13 grams daily [3 stars] Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that has been shown to significantly reduce total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and to raise HDL cholesterol.HMB 3 grams daily [3 stars] Supplementing with HMB, or beta hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate, is an effective way to lower total and LDL cholesterol.Pantothenic Acid 300 mg pantethine taken two to four times per day [3 stars] Pantethine, a byproduct of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), may help reduce the amount of cholesterol made by the body.Psyllium 5 to 10 grams per day with meals [3 stars] Psyllium has been shown to be effective at lowering total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol.Red Yeast Rice 1.2 to 2.4 grams (5 to 10 mg of monacolins) daily in divided amounts [3 stars] One of the ingredients in red yeast rice appears to block the production of cholesterol in the liver.Sitostanol 1.7 grams daily [3 stars] Sitostanol, a synthetic molecule related to beta-sitosterol, is available in margarine form and has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.Soy 25 grams soy protein per day [3 stars] Soy supplementation has been shown to lower cholesterol. Soy contains isoflavones, which are believed to be soy's main cholesterol-lowering ingredients.Vitamin B3 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily under a doctor's supervision [3 stars] High amounts (several grams per day) of niacin, a form of vitamin B3, have been shown to lower cholesterol.Vitamin C 1,000 mg daily [3 stars] Vitamin C appears to protect LDL cholesterol from damage, and in some trials, cholesterol levels have fallen when people supplement with vitamin C.Artichoke
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[2 stars] Artichoke has moderately lowered cholesterol and triglycerides in some trials.Asteraceae 15 to 20 drops of tincture twice per day for six months [2 stars] In one trial, people who took a tincture of Achillea wilhelmsii had significant reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides and an increase in HDL cholesterol.Berberine 500 mg twice per day [2 stars] Berberine, a compound found in certain herbs such as goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape, has been found to lower serum cholesterol levels.Berberine
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500 mg of berberine taken twice a day for three months [2 stars] Berberine, a compound found in certain herbs such as goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape, has been found to lower serum cholesterol levels.Beta-Sitosterol 0.8 to 3.2 grams daily [2 stars] Beta-sitosterol blocks cholesterol absorption and has been shown in studies to reduce blood levels of cholesterol.Calcium 800 to 1,000 mg daily [2 stars] Some trials have shown that supplementing with calcium reduces cholesterol levels.Charcoal 4 to 32 grams per day [2 stars] Activated charcoal has the ability to attach (adsorb) cholesterol and bile acids present in the intestine, preventing their absorption.Copper 3 to 4 mg daily [2 stars] Copper deficiency has been linked to high blood cholesterol, supplementing with it may correct a deficiency and lower cholesterol.Cranberry 500 mg three times per day after meals [2 stars] Supplementing with a cranberry extract has been shown to help lower total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes taking hypoglycemic medication.Garlic 600 to 900 mg a day of a standardized herbal extract [2 stars] Taking garlic may help lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries.Green Tea 3 cups daily [2 stars] Green tea has been shown to lower total cholesterol levels and improve people's cholesterol profile.Green Tea Enriched with Theaflavins 75 mg of theaflavins, 150 mg of green tea catechins, and 150 mg of other tea polyphenols daily [2 stars] An extract of green tea, enriched with a compound present in black tea (theaflavins), has been found to lower serum cholesterol in people with moderately high cholesterol levels.Guggul 25 mg guggulsterones three times per day [2 stars] Guggul appears to be helpful in lowering cholesterol and raising HDL ("good") cholesterol.Inositol Hexaniacinate (Vitamin B3) 500 to 1,000 mg of inositol hexaniacinate three times daily under medical supervision [2 stars] Inositol hexaniacinate, a special form of vitamin B3, has been reported to lower serum cholesterol, and apparently without the toxicity of high levels of niacin.Krill Oil 1 to 3 grams krill oil daily [2 stars] In one study of people with high cholesterol or triglycerides, supplementing with krill oil lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, and increased HDL-cholesterol.Royal Jelly 50 to 100 mg daily [2 stars] Supplementing with royal jelly may lower cholesterol levels.Tocotrienols 200 mg daily [2 stars] Tocotrienols may lower cholesterol levels. Tocotrienols inhibited cholesterol synthesis in test-tube studies, and two trials found that tocotrienols reduced cholesterol levels by 13-15%.Alfalfa Refer to label instructions [1 star] Saponins in alfalfa seeds may block cholesterol absorption and prevent the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.Chitosan Refer to label instructions [1 star] Chitosan is a fiber-like supplement that has been shown to lower cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol).Chondroitin Sulfate Refer to label instructions [1 star] Chondroitin sulfate has lowered serum cholesterol levels in preliminary trials.Creatine Monohydrate Refer to label instructions [1 star] One trial found that supplementing with creatine significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and triglycerides in people with high cholesterol.Fo-Ti Refer to label instructions [1 star] Preliminary Chinese research has found that high doses of the herb fo-ti may lower cholesterol levels.L-Carnitine Refer to label instructions [1 star] Some preliminary trials report that L-carnitine reduces serum cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.Lecithin (Phosphatidyl Choline) Refer to label instructions [1 star] Taking lecithin supplements may be a useful way to lower cholesterol.Magnesium Refer to label instructions [1 star] In a preliminary study, magnesium supplementation lowered total cholesterol and increased HDL ("good") cholesterol levels.Maitake Refer to label instructions [1 star] The mushroom maitake may lower fat levels in the blood and be useful in lowering cholesterol.Policosanol Refer to label instructions [1 star] Policosanol may affect cholesterol levels by inhibiting cholesterol production by the liver but most research has casted doubt on its effectiveness.Pycnogenol 150 mg per day [1 star] Preliminary research suggests that Pycnogenol may lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol in people with normal cholesterol levels.Sea Buckthorn Refer to label instructions [1 star] Sea buckthorn contains flavonoids and essential fatty acids that may influence blood cholesterol according to animal and preliminary human research.Selenium Refer to label instructions [1 star] A double-blind trial found that, in people with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, supplementing with selenium in the form of high-selenium yeast resulted in a small but statistically significant decrease in serum cholesterol.Vitamin E Refer to label instructions [1 star] In one trial, supplementing with vitamin E increased levels of protective HDL cholesterol.Wild Yam Refer to label instructions [1 star] Wild yam has been reported to raise HDL ("good") cholesterol in preliminary research.
About This Condition
Although it is by no means the only major risk factor, elevated serum (blood) cholesterol is clearly associated with a high risk of heart disease.
Most doctors suggest cholesterol levels should stay under 200 mg/dl. As levels fall below 200, the risk of heart disease continues to decline. Many doctors consider cholesterol levels of no more than 180 to be optimal. A low cholesterol level, however, is not a guarantee of good heart health, as some people with low levels do suffer heart attacks.
Medical laboratories now subdivide total cholesterol measurement into several components, including LDL ("bad") cholesterol, which is directly linked to heart disease, and HDL ("good") cholesterol, which is protective. The relative amount of HDL to LDL is more important than total cholesterol. For example, it is possible for someone with very high HDL to be at relatively low risk for heart disease even with total cholesterol above 200. Evaluation of changes in cholesterol requires consultation with a healthcare professional and should include measurement of total serum cholesterol, as well as HDL and LDL cholesterol.
The following discussion is limited to information about lowering serum cholesterol levels or increasing HDL cholesterol using natural approaches. Because high cholesterol is linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease, people concerned about heart disease should also learn more about atherosclerosis.
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