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Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex is a proprietary formula with clinically proven ingredients that may  reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to lower cholesterol. It is made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols, which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains.


Here’s what plant sterols and stanols can mean to you…

What are plant sterol and stanols Plant sterols and stanols are two closely related molecules that make up cell membranes of plants.While that may not sound too interesting, sterols are chemically very similar to the cholesterol molecule found in humans.

Plant sterols were first discovered in the early 1920s and scientists have known since the 1950s that they can help reduce LDL cholesterol (the ‘bad’ cholesterol). Plant sterols, as the “plant” name suggests, are found in plants. They are most concentrated in plant oils such as corn oil, sesame oil, and cottonseed oil but can be found in almost every vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, grain, or legume. Plant sterols/stanols are able to block cholesterol absorption from the intestines; as a result, they lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

LDL cholesterol

LDL cholesterol has acquired the moniker “bad” cholesterol because high levels of LDL are associated with coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. LDL cholesterol is the molecule that tends to stick to the walls of blood vessels, causing blockages, in a process called atherosclerosis.

Most health care professionals like to see a cholesterol number below 100 mg/dL. Many factors influence LDL-cholesterol levels such as diet, obesity, heredity, exercise, and smoking.

The science behind plant sterols

A substantial number of studies have been done on plant sterols and the reduction of heart disease, enough that the FDA now allows health claims for certain qualifying products containing plant sterols.1

Studies have uncovered the following:

  • Doses between 1.5-1.8 grams/day of plant sterols reduced absorption of cholesterol by around 30-40 percent.2
  • Studies using a dose of 2.2 grams/day of plant sterols reduced absorption of cholesterol by around 60 percent.3

Blocking intestinal absorption of cholesterol can result in a total blood cholesterol level reduction of about 10 percent.4 Lowering total cholesterol by 10 percent is suggested to reduce overall cardiac risk by about 20 percent.5

Most of us don’t seem to get enough plant sterols in our diets; the average is around 80-700 mg a day. Studies suggest that a beneficial amount is between 1 to 2 grams, typically taken in divided doses (2-3 times a day).6

Combining diet for greater reduction

Plant sterols work well on their own, but are even more effective when you add in other lifestyle changes. A study that had participants follow a diet that substituted mono- and polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats resulted in a 9 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, but adding in 1.7 grams a day of plant sterols resulted in a 24 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol.7 In another study, 1 gram a day of plant sterols, along with a diet strong in soy protein, almonds, and high in fiber, lowered LDL cholesterol by an average of 30 percent.8

It is clear that plant sterols and stanols can be an effective part of a whole lifestyle program for managing healthy cholesterol levels.

  1. Food and Drug Administration. Health claims: plant sterol/stanol esters and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). U. S. Government Printing Office. 2002. Available at: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=101.83. Accessed 1/14/15
  2. Normén L, Dutta P, Lia A, Andersson H. Soy sterol esters and beta-sitostanol ester as inhibitors of cholesterol absorption in human small bowel. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 Apr;71(4):908-13. PMID: 10731496.
  3. Richelle M, Enslen M, Hager C, et al. Both free and esterified plant sterols reduce cholesterol absorption and the bioavailability of beta-carotene and alpha-tocopherol in normocholesterolemic humans. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;80(1):171-7. PMID: 15213045.
  4. Abumweis SS, Barake R, Jones PJ. Plant sterols/stanols as cholesterol lowering agents: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Food Nutr Res. 2008;52. PMID: 19109655.
  5. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/current/cholesterol-guidelines/final-report
  6. Abumweis SS, Barake R, Jones PJ. Plant sterols/stanols as cholesterol lowering agents: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Food Nutr Res. 2008;52. PMID: 19109655.
  7. Jones PJ, Ntanios FY, Raeini-Sarjaz M, Vanstone CA. Cholesterol-lowering efficacy of a sitostanol-containing phytosterol mixture with a prudent diet in hyperlipidemic men. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Jun;69(6):1144-50. PMID: 10357732.
  8. Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, Marchie A, et al. Direct comparison of a dietary portfolio of cholesterol-lowering foods with a statin in hypercholesterolemic participants. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Feb;81(2):380-7. PMID: 15699225.
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