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Are sterols and stanols good for heart health?

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Sterols and stanols are in foods like nuts and grains, or you can buy them as supplements. They reduce the amount of cholesterol that your body absorbs from food. They're also added to many foods, such as some margarines, orange juice, and yogurts. Experts recommend 2 grams a day to help lower LDL cholesterol.

From: 6 Supplements for Heart Health WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Drug Therapy for High Cholesterol."

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David Kiefer, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Institute of Medicine.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Garlic."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "CoQ10."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Garlic."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Fish oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Hyperlipidemia."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Hypertension."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Soy."

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PubMed Health: "Niacin."

UpToDate: "Lipid Lowering with diet or dietary supplements." Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics)." “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Drug Therapy for High Cholesterol."

Archives of Internal Medicine: 2007;167(4):346. "Effect of raw garlic vs commercial garlic supplements on plasma lipid concentrations in adults with moderate hypercholesterolemia: a randomized clinical trial." 

Consumer Reports: "Heart Supplements: Proceed with Caution."

David Kiefer, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Institute of Medicine.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Garlic."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "CoQ10."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Garlic."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Fish oil."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Hyperlipidemia."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Hypertension."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Soy."

ORIGIN Trial Investigators. 2012. New England Journal of Medicine,

PubMed Health: "Niacin."

UpToDate: "Lipid Lowering with diet or dietary supplements." Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics)." “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 01, 2018

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