Lestrin Plus

Lestrin Plus

£14.16

Lestrin® Plus with garlic and coenzyme q10 helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, while aiding heart and mental function. It is a great choice for people who are looking to combine their daily supplements into a single dose.

Beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of at least 0.8g of plant sterols.

Scientifically tested Lestrin® Plus

2g Daily Dose

60 tabs

SKU: LESTP001 Category:

Description

Lestrin® Plus plant sterols supplements with garlic and coenzyme q10, help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Its main ingredient, beta sitosterol, is a plant sterol with a similar chemical structure to cholesterol that is commonly found in nuts, avocados and other foods. It is scientifically proven to help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Lestrin® Plus also contains added garlic extract and Co-Q10, to support heart and mental function, therefore these plant sterols supplements are a cost-effective, multi-purpose tablet for anyone looking to combine their daily supplements into one.

FAQs

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is actually an essential nutrient, necessary for:

  • Repairing cell membranes
  • Producing hormones
  • Manufacturing vitamin D

The liver manufactures three quarters of the cholesterol we need when stimulated by eating saturated fat and the rest is supplied by the diet

Cholesterol is transported around the body by lipoproteins.

  • Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) transport about 75% of the blood’s cholesterol to the body’s cells and also carry cholesterol through the artery wall (bad cholesterol).
  • High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) remove cholesterol from the walls of the artery and deliver it back to the liver (good cholesterol).

It is therefore beneficial to reduce ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol but to try to retain the ‘good‘ (HDL) cholesterol.

High Cholesterol levels more than double the risk of a heart attack.

Checking cholesterol levels:

If you would like to check your cholesterol levels contact your doctor or alternatively there are home test kits available from pharmacies and health stores.

What is Lestrin?

Lestrin is a food supplement containing the naturally occurring plant substance Beta-sitosterol. It may help to reduce cholesterol levels as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What are plant sterols?

Natural components found in virtually all plants.

Found in the diet in fruit and vegetables.

Similar in structure to cholesterol.

Reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the gut by competing for space at the site of absorption.

There over 60 plant sterols but the most common form is Beta-sitosterol.

Who can take Lestrin?

Lestrin can be recommended to anyone* who has high cholesterol levels or anyone who is concerned about reducing and maintaining their cholesterol levels. There are many risk factors that can increase the chances of high cholesterol levels and so anyone with two or more risk factors would benefit from taking Lestrin.

*(See sitosterolemia in warnings)

How long should Lestrin be taken for?

Take two tablets twice a day with meals continuously.

How long do I have to take the tablets for before I go back to the doctors?

After 6 weeks (3 packs)

Some of the tablets are discoloured / different colour to the others – is this normal?

This is normal and will cause no harm if taken. The reason for the discolour is due to the ingredient Beta-Sitosterol, which is a naturally occurring plant sterol, and which can vary in colour. This variation does not affect the properties of the tablet and can be taken as normal.

Can Lestrin be taken with prescribed medications?

Plant sterols have been the subject of research for over 50 years and in that time no interactions ith other medications have been identified.

When might someone notice the benefits of taking Lestrin?

Effects on cholesterol levels will vary from person to person but if the recommended dosage is taken, most people will notice the benefits within one month.

Is a special diet required when taking Lestrin?

No, but reducing saturated fat in the diet and increasing fruit and vegetable intake is recommended.

I’ve been taking Lestrin for a couple of months – will my cholesterol level go down any further?

The effect is really individual and the degree that the cholesterol levels reduce varies from person to person. It is possible that your cholesterol level may reduce further by continuing to take Lestrin but we cannot guarantee this. If you remain concerned about your cholesterol levels we would recommend consulting with your doctor.

Easiest way to take Lestrin – Chew the tablets and take with a glass of water.

Why has the dosage information changed on the new packs?

In Jan 2016 we were able to change the claims for Lestrin and Lestrin Plus from ‘Helps to maintain blood cholesterol’ to ‘Helps to reduce blood cholesterol’. The instructions were revised to fit in with the change in claims

Key Points

  • Plant sterols contribute to the reduction of blood cholesterol levels.
  • Plant sterols naturally exist in plants but are destroyed when food is
    processed.
  • Lestrin and Lestrin Plus contains Beta-sitosterol, a naturally occurring
    plant sterol.
  • A beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 2g to 3g of plant
    sterols.

Ingredients

Beta-sitosterol 556,25mg
Garlic Extract 50mg
Ubidecarenone 7,5mg
Vanilla flavouring
Microcrystalline Cellulose (E460)
Anti-Caking agents: Magnesium
Stearate (E470b) & Silicon Dioxide (E551)
Emulsifier: Croscarmellose Sodium (E468)

Other Information

Instructions for Use

Take two tablets twice a day with meals. The tablets can be swallowed whole or chewed. It is possible to break the tablets in half and take half at a time.

Suitability

Free from: gluten; dairy; lactose; wheat; nuts; animal products.

Suitable for

Vegetarians; vegans; asthmatics; diabetics (following medical advice); persons with high blood pressure; persons with thyroid problems; can be used with other medication (always check with pharmacist or doctor if unsure).

Shelf Life

3 years

Clasification

Food supplement

Warnings

  • β-Sitosterol is also not recommended for individuals with sitosterolemia, a rare inherited fat storage disease. People with this condition have too much β-sitosterol and related fats in their system, taking β-sitosterol will only worsen this condition.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if trying to become pregnant, you should consult with your pharmacist or doctor before taking this product.
  • Not suitable for children under 12 years.
  • Lestrin® is to be used as part of a balanced and varied diet, including regular consumption of fruit and vegetables to help maintain carotenoid levels.
  • Lestrin® is not intended for people who do not need to control their blood cholesterol level.
  • Patients on cholesterol lowering medication should only consume Lestrin® under medical supervision.
  • Total dietary intake of phytosterols should not exceed 3g per day.

Side Effects

  • At high dosage levels, betasitosterol supplement may cause constipation or diarrhea.
  • β-Sitosterol should be avoided during pregnancy and breast-feeding, since not enough is known about its effects on unborn and newborn children.
  • High levels of β-sitosterol concentrations in blood have been correlated with increased severity of heart disease in men having previously suffered from heart attacks.
  • Some studies report a reduction in serum carotenoids levels. Advice to consume five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, including one carotenoid-rich serving, maintained serum beta carotene at baseline levels.

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