The Mayo Clinic has a post, updated in 2012, on the topic of “Cholesterol-lowering supplements: Lower your numbers without prescription medication.” As always, we advise you to check with your healthcare provider before starting to use any of these for cholesterol management.
Most of these suggestions have been in the New York Buyers’ Club repertory for quite a while, but we are happy to repeat them here:
Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids): can lower triglycerides
Green tea: some research on its cholesterol-lowering capacity; epidemiologic evidence suggests that green tea may lower stroke and cardiovascular disease risk. There are several choices for green tea supplements: see Green Tea; Green Tea Decaffeinated; and Green Tea Organic.
Plant sterols: see Cardio Edge for a supplement featuring plant sterols in a formula designed to support healthy cholesterol levels
Garlic extracts: contact NYBC for information on allicin, a garlic extract that has been studied for cardiovascular health
The Mayo Clinic guide also mentions grains, including oat bran and flaxseed, which can lower cholesterol.
Last, the guide discusses red yeast rice, a supplement that can lower LDL cholesterol. Note the caution that some forms of red yeast rice may contain a naturally occurring form of the prescription medication lovastatin. Lovastatin in the supplement may present some dangers to the user, because there is no way to know the quantity or quality of this prescription medication equivalent. For that reason, it is especially important to consult with your healthcare provider and monitor your usage of this supplement.
See the Mayo Clinic guide at