Most hypertensive patients understand high-blood pressure is associated with high cholesterol levels. As a preventive measure, these susceptible individuals go on a less oil diet, minimizing consumption of fatty foods. Some hypertensive patients add supplements to their diet. Omega 3 or fish oil is a supplement usually taken by hypertensive individuals. Although, considered as a dietary or food supplement, fish oils like Zymechol (Blooming Fields) and Omegabloc (Trianon) are considered as lipidaemics - agents that control the lipid or fat levels.
Zerochol is another dietary supplement that can also be employed as a adjunct in lowering lipid levels particulary the LDL or the bad cholesterol. However, compared to fish oil, Zerochol is less popular. Still, we may wonder if it can also be recommended as a cholesterol regulating agent.
Zerochol is a white 800mg caplet which was developed by Innoceutics in Belgium. It is a plant sterol which is composed of natural phytosterols that has been studied to decrease the bad cholesterol level. As phytosterols have the same structure with cholesterol, these compete with the latter in the absorption in the blood. Thus, less LDL reaches the blood stream and more of it is expelled from the system.
Zerochol is taken with the maximum number of three tablets a day. It can be consumed 2 tablets once a day with the main meal (two tablets during lunch); or 2 tablets with the main meal (two tablets during lunch) and 1 tablet with another meal (one tablet during dinner).
Zerochol VS fish oil as a lipid regulating agent
Cholesterol and trigylcerides are both lipids or fats that circulate the human body. While cholesterol is the result of too much consumption of fats, triglycerides is associated with unused calories, particularly from great carbohydrate intake (eg. Rice, pasta, bread). As carbohydrates are converted into energy to fuel the system, excess or unused carbohydrates are changed into fats and stored in the body tissues. Thus, this is accounted for the hardening of the arteries that can lead to stroke and cardiac arrest.
Indeed, both high trigycerides level and high LDL is something serious.
Between a phytosterol or a plant sterol like Zerochol and an omega 3 fatty acid or fish oil, the latter is cited to benefit as an anti-cholesterol and tryglyceride lowering supplement. Zerochol is only for individuals who need to balance their cholesterol levels.
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Zerochol dietary supplement recommendations
As a plant sterol which may reduce cholesterol naturally, Zerochol can be recommendable for people who want to control their bad cholesterol. It can also aid anticholesterol medications. But, as a dietary supplement, we may still expect that this anti-cholesterol may not be suitable for all people. The most effective way of reducing the LDL is still exercise and a good diet management.
Phoenix Montoya @ April 24, 2013
- Zerochol leaflet