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    Can dietary supplements lower my risk of high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease?

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    Prof David Colquhoun

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Associate Professor David Colquhoun is a cardiologist who has been in private practice in Queensland for more than 30 years. He has been involved in … View Profile

    Yes. There are a few supplements which can lower serum cholesterol and we believe that will lead to lower rates of heart disease. The most established is plant sterols in plant sterol enriched margarine as well as soluble fiber. Both were recommend by the American Treatment Panel 3 back in 2001. If diet is insufficient to lower cholesterol, add in your plant sterols and add in increase to your soluble fiber such as Psyllium husk, etc. We can expect both of them to lower cholesterol between 5% and 10%. Other supplements really have no value.

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    Claire Ward

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Hello I'm Claire Ward, Accredited Practising Dietitian and owner of Allied Nutrition. We offer in-home nutrition consults on a wide range of nutrition-related issues, and … View Profile

    Also keep in mind that there are many dietary interventions that will reduce your cholesterol levels, inlcuding limiting saturated fat intake, increasing dietary fibre intake, and increasing your intake of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Improving the nutritional quality of your diet will have benefits byeond lowering your cholesterol levels so I recommend you speak to your local Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)  about how you can make some simple changes to your diet and lifetsyle which will significantly improve your health. To find your nearest APD head over to this website http://dmsweb.daa.asn.au/dmsweb/frmfindapdsearch.aspx? 

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