No doubt, you are on the look-out for any type of natural supplements or vitamins for high cholesterol problems.
Indeed, are there any vitamins that could be used to help improve your lipid profile?
Well, actually no.
There aren't any that can lower cholesterol levels significantly.
In your quest to lower high cholesterol by natural means keep in mind that, in addition to supplements, a change in your diet and lifestyle must also be included as part of the package.
But we caution you. The unfortunate fact is that there are really no good evidence that any vitamins could significantly lower high cholesterol.
Below is a detailed list of vitamins and minerals that have been studies for their cholesterol-lowering potential. Dosages used in the studies are included if available.
|Vitamins & Fruits||What experts say about these vitamins for treating high cholesterol|
|Interested in using herbal remedies instead of vitamins? See our detailed report on Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol for the full details.|
Population studies seem to show that a lower level of vitamin D increases the risk of developing high cholesterol.
Vitamin D has many essential functions in our body that are still being uncovered today. It's a vitamin worth taking but definitely not for its ability to lower cholesterol.
Dosage: Take 400 to 1,000 IU daily for general health.
|Berry Fruits||May Not be Effective
However, it is still unclear if these fruits could significantly lower high cholesterol.
|Zinc||May Not be Effective
Zinc seems to lower the "bad" cholesterol and increase the "good" cholesterol. But the results appear to be very modest.
We need more clinical research before we can suggest taking a higher dose for treating high cholesterol.
Dosage: The dose used in the study is 50 mg daily.
|Multivitamin||May Not be Effective
Consider taking a high-potency multivitamin supplement daily.
This will ensure your body is getting most of the necessary vitamins and minerals (in case it may be deficient in your diet).
However, do not expect it have any impact on your cholesterol levels.
There are practically no side effects or dangers from taking multivitamins.
|Vitamin E & Vitamin C||May Not be Effective
These two antioxidants help to prevent the cholesterol from oxidizing resulting in damage to the blood vessels.
However experts are cautious about drawing any specific conclusions until more studies are done.
Dosage: Some experts believe that 400 IU of vitamin E and at least 500 mg of vitamin C daily may have indirect benefits on the development of atherosclerosis due to high cholesterol.
Thinking of taking a vitamin to help lower high cholesterol?
The current research data are just not convincing at all. Most of them have not be testing in human clinical trials.
It is most likely a waste of your time and money looking for them as there doesn't appear to be any out there that could do the job.
However, there ARE many other natural remedies and supplements that DO work to lower high cholesterol.
See the detailed report Herbs and Supplements for High Cholesterol to find out which natural remedy is right for you in helping you manage your cholesterol condition.
Dosage and recommendations based on research data will be provided, if available, to ensure you get the most benefits.