Cholesterol-lowering supplement gains scientific support

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Related tags: Cholesterol, Sterol

Basikol, a relatively new dietary supplement made from plant
sterols, may lower total cholesterol by about 15 per cent.

A relatively new dietary supplement called Basikol may lower total cholesterol by about 15 per cent, according to the August issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter​.

Available over the counter, Basikol consists of naturally occurring plant substances - known as plant sterols - derived from corn, soy and canola oil. Cholesterol-lowering food spreads Benecol and Take Control also use plant sterols and naturally occurring plant stanols.

Studies of Basikol have been small and short term but so far it appears to be safe and well tolerated when taken as directed, said the report.

The authors advised however that those taking a prescription drug to help lower cholesterol should discuss with their doctor the possible benefits of also using plant stanols or sterols.

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