Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Cholestero-Lowᵀᴹ?

Cholestero-Low ᵀᴹ is a new food supplement designed to lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health. It contains oat beta-glucan which is approved by the European Food Safety Authority for cholesterol lowering purposes. Co-enzyme Q10 is added for heart health and inulin as a prebiotic for a healthy gut and to help lower your cholesterol.

Take 1-2 sachets dissolved in water. One sachet has enough active ingredients for a daily dose, but you can take an extra one and it should incrementally improve cholesterol levels.

You can also add to yoghurt, cereal, smoothie etc !

Multiple studies and analyses of study results have shown that Oat beta-glucan can reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.¹ As a result of all of these studies, the European Food Safety Authority (EFAS) authorised a legal claim on oat beta-glucan.²

Yes, oat beta-glucan contributes to the reduction of the glucose (sugar) rise after a meal. However, the dose for this is 4gm, and therefore an extra sachet or part thereof would be needed ³.

The viscosity of the the Oat beta-glucan delays your stomach and bowel emptying. It allows nutrients to interact with the lining of the bowel for longer. This can stimulate feelings of fullness or satiety. ⁴

You need to talk to your GP or Cardiologist if you want to take supplements and are taking medication. There are studies that have shown oat beta-glucan can have an additive + independent effect on improving cholesterol levels.³

It is important to discuss this with your medical doctor(GP), pharmacist or Cardiologist.

The studies have shown that oat beta-glucan does not effect your HDL, good cholesterol.

Also known as Ubiquinone. It is made in our body. The levels of production drop as we age, especially around the heart. In the body, it is used for energy and as an anti-oxidant. Studies have shown it can be beneficial to prevent our cholesterol being oxidised, is good for our blood pressure and its role as an antioxidant is important in heart health⁶⁻⁷.

Inulin a prebiotic dietary fibre that is indigestible. It promotes beneficial bacteria growth in the intestine. There are studies that show its beneficial effect on triglyceride concentrations which are another form of cholesterol. Because of its faecal bulking properties, and its ‘prebiotic’ it may improve your stool frequency but for some may cause bloating⁸.

The side as described in the scientific literature is bloating in some people.

Try two sachets per day. 6mg of oat beta-glucan can have a better effect on your cholesterol. Always keep in mind a healthy diet and regular exercise helps. Have a chat to your pharmacist or doctor about your next options.

Any supplements or medication taken during pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor prior to use.

Any supplements taken when on regular medication should be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist prior to use.

Cholestero-Low ᵀᴹ contains oat beta-glucan, Coenzyme Q 10, inulin. It also contains natural flavourings, sucralose, and xanthan gum.

Oat beta-glucan is made from the cell wall of oats. Therefore it technically contains gluten. However, a lot of coeliacs can tolerate oats, porridge etc. Therefore, it is up to each individual to decide.

YES! The benefits are far reaching. Oat beta-glucan also stabilises blood sugars, can help with immunity. Oat beta-glcuan and inulin are prebiotics- great for gut health. And the Co-enzyme Q10 is an antioxidant, added for energy as well as heart health. 

What is the science?

The following are some of the studies on the science behind Cholestero-Low. This is not an exhaustive list however, and many more studies are available from PubMed

Oat beta-glucan lowers cholesterol.

  • ∗The effect of oat β-glucan on LDL-cholesterol, non-HDL-cholesterol and apoB for CVD risk reduction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised-controlled trials. Hoang V. T, Ho. et al. British Journal of Nutrition 2016.

European Food Safety Authority Claim substantiating cholesterol lowering effect of oat beta-glucan. 

  • ∗Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to oat beta glucan and lowering blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2010.

European Food Safety Authority substantiating blood sugar stabilising effect of oat beta-glucan.

  • ∗Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to beta-glucans .. and reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses persuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2011.

How oat beta-glucan may help with appetite control.

  • ∗The role of meal viscosity and oat β-glucan characteristics in human appetite control: a randomized crossover trial. Rebello, CJ et al. Nutrition Journal 2014.

Science behind Co-enzyme Q10 in heart health.

  • ∗Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation in Aging and Disease. Hernández-Camacho,JD, et al. Frontiers in Physiology 2018.
  • ∗The Effects of Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation on Lipid Profiles among Patients with Coronary Artery Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Mohammed, VJ et al. Lipids in Health and Disease 2018.

Science behind how inulin may help lowering cholesterol.

  • ∗Effects of dietary inulin on serum lipids, blood glucose and the gastrointestinal environment in hypercholesterolemic men. Causey JL. et al. Nutrition Research 2000.
  • ∗Inulin: Properties, health benefits and food applications. Shoaib, M et al. Carbohydrate Polymers. 2016.