Centrum Cardio is a multivitamin that contains plant sterols, which can help to lower cholesterol. This non-prescription vitamin primarily works to lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Although there is scientific evidence that plant sterols can help to lower cholesterol, more research is needed to prove that this particular supplement is beneficial for other heart conditions. Potential side effects of the multivitamin include nausea, gas, and indigestion.
What Is Centrum Cardio?
Centrum Cardio® is a non-prescription multivitamin designed to lower cholesterol and promote overall heart health. It contains phytosterols (plant sterols), along with the usual vitamins and minerals found in multivitamins.
Centrum Cardio is made by Wyeth Consumer Healthcare.
How Does Centrum Cardio Work?
Centrum Cardio vitamins contain a variety of different vitamins and minerals that are also found in many multivitamins. However, Centrum Cardio contains phytosterols (plant sterols), which are plant compounds that may help to lower cholesterol. Because plant sterols are not absorbed well from the digestive system to the rest of the body, they work mostly within the digestive system. Plant sterols primarily work by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.
Is It Effective?
There is reliable, scientific evidence to suggest that the plant sterols in Centrum Cardio can help to lower cholesterol. However, there is not enough information available to confirm the claims that the other ingredients in the multivitamin are also beneficial for heart health (see Does Centrum Cardio Work? for more information).
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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