The Best Nutrients For Optimal Cholesterol Levels

According to the Center for Disease Control about 695,000 people, or one in every 5 deaths, are attributed to heart disease every year (2021 statistic). They also note heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. For many, a heart attack is the first symptom of heart disease, but one in three heart attack victims do not survive their first attack. Prevention through a healthy lifestyle and supplementation is the key in educating consumers.

Age Isn't A Factor In Heart Health

The biggest misconception about heart disease is it only happens to the elderly. However, heart issues are starting to impact people at an earlier age and is the primary cause of death among all middle-aged Americans. The American Heart Association indicates heart disease causes more than 160,000 deaths in people aged 35 to 64 each year.

Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels

It's now understood that targeted nutritional support, a healthy diet, and daily movement work very well to maintain healthier cholesterol levels.

In the past 20 years, there was an emphasis on reducing your cholesterol levels in order to help your heart, and the recommendation was to reduce dietary cholesterol. But now we know that's not the full story.

More recent focus has been on prioritizing other factors that impact heart health even more, such as reducing inflammation, balancing blood sugar levels, and supporting healthy hormone levels.

Consumers are beginning to understand cholesterol in and of itself is not a bad thing. The body naturally produces cholesterol in the liver to support brain health, as a precursor for hormone production, for Vitamin D synthesis, and as a cell membrane stabilizer.

Misconceptions around cholesterol and foods like eggs have largely been discredited by a lot of research. For example, Harvard Medical School published findings that showed for most people only a small amount of the cholesterol in food passes into the blood. Trans fats and saturated fats from specific foods have a much bigger impact on blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol.

Natural, unprocessed fats actually benefit heart health opposed to hydrogenated trans fats or highly processed saturated fats, which can cause heart disease.

Blood Sugar Support for Healthy Cholesterol Levels

When it comes to heart health, you can’t ignore the impact of blood sugar! Blood sugar imbalance, glucose intolerance, and insulin resistance are major dietary contributors to heart disease and heart failure. These conditions play crucial roles in cardiovascular health. My #1 recommendation for blood sugar support is Glucose-Adapt, which is a potent blend of ingredients, including Berberine which is well researched for its ability to promote normal, healthy blood sugar levels.

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Lipisterin for Healthy Cholesterol Levels

A proactive approach now includes incorporating ingredients to promote a healthy balance of the different forms of cholesterol, rather than past emphasis on simply lowering the total and LDL cholesterol levels.

In a sea of information on heart health products, consumers are looking for ingredients and formulas that stand out from the rest of the pack.

Your body makes cholesterol, so it’s not a bad thing – it’s a structural component of cell membranes. The body needs it to make hormones and the brain requires cholesterol. You just want to maintain a healthy cholesterol balance, which is the purpose of Lipisterin.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are vital components of cell membranes. They are precursors to important chemical messengers that support arterial health by promoting proper blood vessel dilation, promoting flexible cell membranes, and supporting vascular function. Increased consumption of Omega-3 EFAs also helps promote normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels and maintain normal blood pressure.


Guggul has demonstrated healthy support of liver function and balanced cholesterol metabolism by supporting healthy HDL levels and blood flow.  

Red Yeast Rice

Red Yeast Rice contains chemicals such as monacolin K, which promote normal blood LDL cholesterol concentrations without a substantial risk of side effects.


Bromelain supports the metabolism of fats and proteins with natural anticoagulant properties that may help break down the blood-clotting protein fibrin. It also supports a healthy inflammatory response.


Taurine supports the heart and blood pressure by maintaining healthy blood flow in the blood vessel walls. Taurine also promotes healthy nerve impulses in the brain to help maintain healthy blood pressure.


Pancreatin has specific supporting roles for the digestion of proteins and fats and may play a role in the accumulation of plaque in the arteries by helping to convert homocysteine into cystathionine.


CoQ10 supports healthy cardiovascular function by helping produce energy within the mitochondria of cells. Every cell depends on this energy, and this is especially true for the heart. While each muscle cell in the biceps contains 200 mitochondria, every heart cell has 5,000!!

Policosanol and Octacosanol

Policosanol and Octacosanol are plant extracts that support healthy fat and cholesterol metabolism.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been well researched for its value in supporting a healthy cholesterol metabolism in part by protection from LDL oxidation, the most damaging form of cholesterol. Lack of dietary antioxidants may play a key role in unhealthy LDL oxidation, causing collagen used to form blood vessel walls to be weaker, less flexible and more prone to inflammation.

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 supports healthy cholesterol utilization, as well as supporting the metabolism’s ability to maintain a healthy stress response.


It's well-known heart disease symptoms are also tied to free radical damage, or oxidative stress. When antioxidant levels in the body are lower than the amount of free radicals due to poor nutrition and other lifestyle factors, oxidation wreaks havoc in the body — damaging cells, breaking down tissue, and overloading the immune system.

Antioxidants like Grape Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E, and phytonutrients like Turmeric, Green Tea extract, and Quercetin help lower the immune system’s overactive response by fighting free radical damage. These antioxidants help dissolve free radicals that can damage cells and tissue, which means fewer triggers for inflammation.

Featured Products

Lipisterin: Ultimate cholesterol balance for those experiencing high Total Cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol. Pairs best with a diet that keeps blood sugar in balance and minimizes inflammation in the body.



Glucose-Adapt: Blood Glucose & Insulin Balance



In health and happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian for Healthy Goods

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