Nobody should have to be concerned about the safety of the supplements they use. It’s irritating to see articles like the one I just read in Daily Magazine, reporting on how a supplement has been tested and found to not contain what is on the label and other like supplements are found to have too much of an ingredient to be within safety guidelines. In this case, it’s a red yeast supplement touted as being great for lowering cholesterol, yet it was found to contain no cholesterol lowering monocolin K, which was listed on the label. Other products tested were found to contain too much monocolin K to be within safety regulation guidelines as set by the FDA.
Here’s something one should know to be assured that what is on the label is also in the product: Look for an NSF certification or make sure that the manufacturer of the product has at least one product with this certification. Responsible manufacturers have been looking to the NSF for the development of public health standards since 1944. If a company’s product is without their mark on the label, I don’t trust it.
I have nothing against nutritional supplements generally. I’m a huge fan of them and take them every day. However, nutritional supplements get a bad rap due to many irresponsible manufacturers and lack of quality assurance. Do your research on the efficacy of your products. I like most of mine to come from a company that has spent over 50 million on their own state of the art lab to develop and test their own products and still offer more reassurance with an NSF stamp of approval. Quality assurance should be a huge priority to any nutritional supplement company and most do only what’s enforced by the FDA, which is a much different standard than what’s imposed for conventional foods and drugs.
On a side note, if you want to lower cholesterol without taking a supplement to do so, or if you want to add some oomph to your supplementation, you could try getting off your butt to WORK OUT!! Physical exercise can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol. Just a little moderate physical activity will also help you lose body fat, which lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol. Maybe a good personal trainer could help you with all of that. 😉
There are a few other things you might do to lower cholesterol that the Mayo Clinic suggests, which you could read about here. I would add that supplementation can be very helpful in both raising HDL and lowering LDL. Just be educated on what you put in your body.
To your thriving health!