This unique product was designed by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. specifically to meet the needs of his patients who still have LDL cholesterol above 100 mg/dl after dietary intervention and desire effective and natural maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.
No other product on the market offers this combination of quality ingredients: cholesterol-lowering plant sterols plus high-antioxidant extracts of pomegranate, chokeberry, and green tea.
Plant sterols have long been recognized, and are FDA approved, for their capacity to reduce LDL cholesterol. Plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) naturally occur in a range of plant sources such as vegetable oils, nuts, grains, and seeds. They function as cholesterol-lowering agents in the blood by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from food during digestion and by blocking the re-absorption of cholesterol manufactured by the liver. There is a significant amount of evidence—more than 40 human studies—supporting the LDL-lowering properties of plant sterols, collectively showing an approximate decrease of up to 15% in LDL levels. No negative health effects were reported in these studies.1
LDL Protect also includes extracts of pomegranate, chokeberry and green tea, providing a variety of phytochemicals that may help to promote heart health. Pomegranate is a rich source of phytochemical compounds, including punicalagin, an antioxidant that is unique to pomegranate.2-4 LDL Protect contains a pomegranate extract with the full array of polyphenols present in the fruit's seeds, husk and juice and is particularly rich in punicalagin. Chokeberry is the dark, pea-sized fruit of a shrub native to the Northeastern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S., and is rich in flavonoid antioxidants.5,6 Green tea is the most concentrated dietary source of a potent flavonoid antioxidant called EGCG.7,8 This combination of phytochemical-rich extracts of healthful natural foods complements the plant sterols in this comprehensive supplement.
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2. Aviram M, Volkova N, Coleman R, et al: Pomegranate phenolics from the peels, arils, and flowers are antiatherogenic: studies in vivo in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein e-deficient (E 0) mice and in vitro in cultured macrophages and lipoproteins. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemis ry
3. Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al: Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr
4. Aviram M, Dornfeld L, Rosenblat M, et al: Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation: studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr
5. Broncel M, Kozirog M, Duchnowicz P, et al: Aronia melanocarpa extract reduces blood pressure, serum endothelin, lipid, and oxidative stress marker levels in patients with metabolic syndrome. Med Sci Monit
6. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Plant Guide: Black Chokeberry.
7. USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods, Release 3 (2011).
8. Kuriyama S, Shimazu T, Ohmori K, et al: Green tea consumpti.on and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes in Japan: the Ohsaki study. JAMA