Supplement Smarts for Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Policosanol. There was a lot of hype that this mix of sugar cane and beeswax is a cholesterol-buster. But the positive studies were tied closely to a company that makes the product. Independent studies found no benefit.
Vitamin D. Touted as a health powerhouse, it may not do much for your heart. Two studies found that raising vitamin D levels didn’t improve cholesterol or triglyceride levels.
Check with your doctor before you take any supplement or non-prescription treatment. Keep a medicine diary so that you can show your doctor and pharmacist what you’re taking. Or just bring all the meds and supplements you take with you to your next appointment.
Supplements are just one part of your total care plan. They’re called “supplements” for a reason. If you take them, it should only be as part of a larger effort to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and meds, if prescribed by your doctor, should be the other parts of your plan.