Cholesterol-Lowering Supplement Gets Scientific Nod

Aug 02, 2002

A dietary supplement called Basikol may lower total cholesterol by about 15 percent, according to the August issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Studies of the supplement have been small and short term but so far it appears to be safe and well tolerated when taken as directed, according to the report.

Basikol consists of naturally occurring plant sterols derived from corn, soy and canola oil. It is available over the counter. Cholesterol-lowering food spreads Benecol and Take Control also use plant sterols and naturally occurring plant stanols.

Moderator Comment: Are retailers providing adequate internal on-going education to pharmacists and associates on health-related developments and products?

Coming soon to a grocery store near you, Basikol cross-merchandised
with Benecol or Take Control. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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