No statins in it.
Cholestoff is a brand name for plant sterols and stanols that one takes a couple times a day wiith meals. The molecules prevent some absorption of cholesterol in the intestines and take thus it out of the body.
Almost half of the dietary cholesterol can be removed but the body compensates and MAKES more so the net effect of taking 4 pills a day (like 3 grams total) is to lower total cholesterol and LDL by around 10-15%.
It's a good choice for someone who wants to avooid statins and needs only modest lowering of cholesterol levels.
Side effects are limited to gastrointestinal ones...diarrhea, gas, etc.
Buy for price of a gram of sterols...the prices are wildly divergent and make sure you get from 2-3 grams a day.
(Youu can get the same stanol supplementation in Benecol margerine or MM's "Heart Healthy" orange juice and somebody's yoghurt.)
Thanks Lenin, You may or may not know I cannot tolerate statins and that is why the statin question. I have a history of over production of chloestrol and even with statins, it was never below 200, only a few times, so now I am taking Beta Sitosterol, Frush Free Niacin and Red Rice Rice plus Omega 3 6 9 fish oil. At age of 81, I'm not too worried. I had double by pass back in 1975 with no problems so far, so I guess l have to take my chances.
I do watch my fat intake and drink socially. I weigh 222 - 6 ft tall and physically active and do not smoke, I gave that up in 1975.
I like to know if any report mentioned about its side effect , such as if it can cause liver problem or not . I checked CholestOFF webside, but there is no information about side effect.
My LDL is around 130-150 and total Cholesterol is about 220-230. I haven't used
any medication yet and only take Garlic and diet . I don' know I should take it or not.
Sterols and stanols aren't likely to affect your liver. Side effects are usually related to gasto-intestinal tract upset like cramps, diarrhea, flatulence.
Of course, like with almost any drug, some people may be allergic so be alert, at the beginning, for any allergy signs like itching, hives, difficulty breathing. But such occurrences will be very rare.
I think anyone with miserable lipid numbers who doesn't want a statin should try these products.
How about these red yeast rice tablets? I am going to do a search because I just started out on this subject due to my recent high cholesterol readings and my doctor recommended this route.
Red yeast rice is essentially a "natural" mild statin and therefore can have the same side effects as prescription statins. And since there is no real regulation of supplements, it's hard to tell which brands contain how much of the active ingredient. My opinion is that anyone taking it should be followed by a doctor and have liver function, etc. tests periodically just like they would if they were on an Rx statin.
That said, my sister does just fine with red yeast rice and some niacin to control her numbers. I, on the other hand, have to use official medication.
If I had to chose between a 'natural' statin produced under questionable quality-control and of uncertain doseage (which is what happens in the supplement industry - there are good-guys, but also lots of bad-ones too), or a prescription statin from a pharmaceutical company, I'd chose the latter. The only thing that would change my mind would be if I couldn't afford the prescription.
Be careful - especially if the supplement you're buying comes from overseas - especially from Asia...
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Thank you also, Hubble. I decided to go the prescription route. I take other prescription meds. I am not adverse to taking them. They do help us! I have an amazing doctor who is very conservative and doesn't push the pills. We talk about ALL options before she prescribes meds.