What to expect from this product:
- Improve the proper balance of HDL-to-LDL cholesterol
- Reduce absorption of dietary cholesterol from the foods you eat
- Reduce cholesterol oxidation with extra antioxidant support
- Promote arterial wall strength and healthy blood vessels
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada, and one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease is high cholesterol levels. Over 40% of Canadians have unhealthy cholesterol levels! Your body needs cholesterol because it is an important component of cell membranes and needed for the production of many hormones. However, when cholesterol levels are unbalanced the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke are greatly increased. There are two main types of cholesterol: Low-density lipoproteins or LDL cholesterol and High-density lipoproteins or HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because elevated levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with plaque build-up in the arteries and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. HDL cholesterol is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because HDL cholesterol helps to transport excess cholesterol out of the arteries. Higher HDL cholesterol levels reduce plaque build-up in the arteries, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The ingredients in Dr. Whitaker’s Cholesterol Essentials have been shown to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of plant sterols or “phytosterols” for cholesterol balance. These cholesterol-like compounds are found naturally in small amounts in nuts, seeds, vegetables and whole grains. Research has shown that taking a supplement containing larger amounts of plant sterols helps to lower total and LDL cholesterol by reducing the body’s absorption of cholesterol by up to 65% and increasing elimination of excess cholesterol from the body. Overall, plant sterols have been shown to lower total cholesterol by up to 10% and LDL cholesterol levels by up to 15%.
In addition to phytosterols, Dr. Whitaker’s comprehensive formula includes other supportive ingredients to help promote healthy cholesterol balance and cardiovascular health. These include grape seed extract, vitamin E tocotrienols and lutein.
Grape Seed Extract – Grape seed extract is full of antioxidant polyphenols and has a wide variety of health benefits, especially for the cardiovascular system. Most importantly, the powerful antioxidant properties of grape seed extract prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Tocotrienols – Tocotrienols are a form of vitamin E and have been shown to be very effective for balancing cholesterol levels and protecting against cholesterol oxidation. In one double-blind, placebo controlled study, supplementation with vitamin E tocotrienols lowered total cholesterol levels by 31% in just 4 weeks in patients with high cholesterol levels.
Lutein – Lutein is well-known for its ability to support healthy vision. However, new research has shown that this powerful antioxidant is also beneficial for preventing LDL oxidation, and has even been shown to reduce the concentration of oxidized LDL in the body, thereby helping to lower the risk of atherosclerosis.