Dr. Fuhrman’s LDL Protect
- NEW smaller, easy to swallow tablets
- 100% natural, food-derived ingredients
- Plant sterols, FDA approved for lowering cholesterol levels*
- Whole food extracts, shown in scientific studies to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and promote blood vessel health:
- Premium grade pomegranate extract
- Chokeberry fruit extract
- Green tea extract
- Gluten free
*Foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols, taken twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- No side effects or adverse reactions
- No known contraindications
- Reduces atherosclerosis and blood pressure
- Proven to lower LDL cholesterol
- Protects against diseases of aging, like dementia and strokes
- Protects against cancer
- May relieve symptoms of enlarged prostate
This unique product was designed by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. specifically to meet the needs of his patients who desire effective cholesterol lowering, without toxic drugs and their well-known risks and side effects. Statin drugs, which block a key step in the body's production of cholesterol, are associated with liver dysfunction, acute renal failure, impaired muscle function, and cataracts.1
For those who still have LDL cholesterol above 100 mg/dl after dietary intervention, Dr. Fuhrman designed this mixture of high quality, cholesterol-lowering and cardiac protective compounds - plant sterols plus pomegranate, chokeberry,and green tea extracts. No other product on the market offers this combination of quality ingredients.
LDL Protect is an all natural formula that is effective and safe.
Plant sterols have long been recognized, and are FDA approved, for their capacity to reduce LDL cholesterol. The potent antioxidant compounds contained in both pomegranate and green tea have been shown in medical studies to reverse atherosclerosis, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. All pomegranate extracts are not equal. Some cheaper grades are not certified to contain high levels of active polyphenols; we utilize the best. Chokeberry fruit has been found to benefit blood vessel health and reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides.
About Plant Sterols
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 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 phytosterol supplements, collectively showing an approximate decrease of up to 15% in LDL levels. No negative health effects were reported in these studies.2 In addition to their cholesterol-lowering properties, plant sterols possess anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, and anti-oxidative activities.3
Accumulating scientific evidence suggests that plant sterols deliver beneficial effects preventing the development of different types of cancer. Experimental studies point to plant sterols playing a protective role in the development of several cancers including breast, colon, prostate, lung, stomach, and esophageal.4
Additionally, dietary plant sterols are reported to play a protective therapeutic role in benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH or enlarged prostate), a common medical condition in older men.5 Clinical symptoms of BPH have been shown to be improved by dietary supplementation of small doses (60-130 mg) of plant sterols. Studies show supplementation was associated with significant improvements in prostatic function compared to placebo.6
Pomegranate juice is a rich source of phytochemical compounds shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. It not only lowers cholesterol, but lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away. 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 punicalagins. Punicalagins are the major component responsible for pomegranate's antioxidant and health benefits.
These compounds offer protection against heart disease and cancer. They have been shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.7
Chokeberry is the dark, pea-sized fruit of a shrub native to the Northeastern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S.8 Chokeberry fruit, similar to pomegranate, has cardioprotective effects in addition to cholesterol-lowering: in hypercholesterolemic individuals, chokeberry juice enhanced endothelial function in addition to reducing total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.9 Additionally, chokeberry is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidant molecules, and supplementation with chokeberry extract has been shown to reduce blood markers of oxidative stress.10 Chokeberry also reduces platelet aggregation.11
About Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract contains abundant amounts of the potent antioxidant EGCG, which is thought to be the most important contributor to the reduced risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease seen in epidemiological studies of green tea consumption.12 Because of this antioxidant activity, green tea extract reduces oxidation of LDL, which is thought to be an initiating event in atherosclerotic plaque formation.13
In human studies, green tea extract reduced total and LDL cholesterol as well as markers of oxidative stress and inflammation.14 Green tea extract may provide additional cardiovascular benefit by improving endothelial function, allowing for more efficient dilation of blood vessels.15 EGCG supplementation has also been shown to downregulate adhesion molecules on endothelial cells that contribute to atherosclerotic plaque formation and reduce plaque formation in animal models of atherosclerosis.13
Take 2 tablets, twice daily with meals.
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 120
|Amount Per Serving
Chokeberry fruit standardized extract (Aronia melanocarpa)
|Green tea leaf extract (providing 100 mg EGCG)
|Vegetable sterols (90%)
|Pomegranate fruit extract
No side effects
Safe and effective in clinical trials
|* Daily Value (DV) not established
These supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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