Does Centrum Cardio Work?
Centrum Cardio is claimed to help with several heart conditions (such as high cholesterol and blood pressure), but does Centrum Cardio work? Studies have shown that Centrum Cardio is effective at lowering both LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and total cholesterol levels. However, more research is needed to determine whether Centrum Cardio is effective for providing other heart-health benefits.
Does Centrum Cardio Work?Centrum Cardio® is a multivitamin that is claimed to lower cholesterol and promote heart health. But are these claims really true? Some of these claims for Centrum Cardio have been approved by the FDA, while others have not.
Does Centrum Cardio Work for High Cholesterol?
Centrum Cardio contains 400 mg of phytosterols (plant sterols) per tablet (for 800 mg total per day). Plant sterols have been shown to be effective at lowering cholesterol (and, as a result, for reducing the risk of heart disease). Plant sterols lower both LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol) and total cholesterol levels. In general, studies have shown that plant sterols can lower LDL cholesterol by about 5 percent to 15 percent, and can lower total cholesterol by about 2 percent to 10 percent. Plant sterols, however, do not have much effect on HDL ("good" cholesterol).
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows certain plant sterol products to make a "health claim," stating that these products can reduce the risk of heart disease. Also, the American Heart Association (AHA) also recognizes that plant sterols help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.