A new study found that six popular supplements advertised as being able to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and improve heart health are not working this way. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic discovered that Fish oil, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, plant sterols and red yeast rice have not a such effect. Even more, garlic and plant sterols actually had the opposite effect. A comparation was made with administration of statin, which caused an average drop in LDL cholesterol – also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol – of nearly 38 per cent after 28 days.A conclusion was clearly exposed by Dr Luke Laffin, study author at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, about the supplements: ‘They do not produce consistent reductions in cholesterol.’ “So the take-home message for me is patients should not waste their money on these dietary supplements in order to lower their LDL cholesterol,” he added.
The US Preventive Services Task Force already recommends statins for adults aged 40 to 75 years with certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The researchers urged people to not forget to maintain a healthy diet first of all. The study was funded by AstraZeneca BioPharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Crestor, a brand name version of a statin. A even strong reaction of supplements producers is expected.