Along with a balanced, fiber-rich diet, some herbal supplements help keep cholesterol levels in check. The following have shown promise in several studies. (Check with your doctor before beginning any herbal treatments, especially if you're taking medication.)

Turmeric

How It Works

May prevent cholesterol from being absorbed by the intestine

Dosage

500 mg, one to three times daily

Guggul

How It Works

Blocks receptors that trigger the conversion of cholesterol in the body

Dosage

75 to 100 mg guggulsterones daily

Plant sterols

How It Works

May limit cholesterol absorption during digestion

Dosage

450 mg four times daily

Policosanol

How It Works

Inhibits cholesterol production in your liver

Dosage

10 mg once or twice daily

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