Beware "a little of everything" – Combination Supplements

What they are

Supplements for high cholesterol that contain many different ingredients. Examples: Cholesterol Metabolism Factors (Michael’s Naturopathic Programs) and Nutri-Chol-less (Biochem).

What research shows

Think twice before taking these, experts say. “No one knows if these combinations of ingredients are safe because there hasn’t been adequate testing,” says Dr. Anderson. (Even if they are safe, such products might be only minimally useful.) “A pill containing a little of a lot of different ingredients might not be harmful,” says Anne Goldberg, MD, professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, “but it probably also isn’t going to make much difference in your cholesterol.”

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