- Niacin--Also known as vitamin B3, niacin is known for elevating HDL cholesterol levels and may lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Sterols or Stanols--These plant compounds interfere with the absorption of dietary cholesterol and may lower LDL cholesterol levels.
- Psyllium--This seed grain is sold as a laxative and fiber supplement and may reduce LDL cholesterol.
The following are considered not as effective as the above supplements but may help to lower cholesterol levels:
- Fish oil--One of the most popular supplements today, fish oil may reduce triglyceride levels but a relative large amount is needed to have any significance. In addition, fish oil may increase HDL and reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
- Green tea extract--Containing the active ingredrient EGCG, green tea extract may reduce LDL cholesterol levels.
- Creatine--Also considered one of the most popular supplements on the market, creatine may increase HDL as well as reduce VLDL cholesterol levels.
- Soy--May reduce LDL and increase HDL cholesterol levels.
- L-Carnitine--May reduce triglyceride levels and increase HDL cholesterol level.
Brian Danley, CFT
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