I've battled genetically-received high cholesterol. Cardiac issues run rampant on my father's side of the family, and my own mother battles high cholesterol. So, I have the good fortune of receiving this trait from my parents. I'm going to give you the naked run-down of my physical make-up and my success (or not) with this cholesterol-reducing product. I'm fighting this thing naturally because the long-term side-effects of cholesterol meds are just as bad as high cholesterol itself.
PHYSICAL MAKE-UP: I'm a white male in my mid 30's. I'm approximately 5'7" and weigh 165 pounds. I am in very good shape. I consider myself and athlete and competitor. I run for distance and sprints, and I exercise using various strength training approaches. I tell you all of this because you need to know that I'm no couch potato, and certainly no slouch. I rarely have time to just sit still. I don't sit and watch TV while plowing down a bag of Doritos. I like junk food just like the next guy, but I'm pretty disciplined in my eating habits.
THE NUMBERS: I began
2006: Total Cholesterol 243; Triglyceride 107; HDL 70; LDL 152; Glucose 98
2007: " " 231; " 68; " 54; " 163; " (not tested)
2008: " " 228; " 61; " 52; " 164; " 79
2/'12: " " 245; " 71; " 54; " 177; " 86
5/'12: " " 233; " 63; " 55; " 165; " (not tested)
8/'12: " " 243; " 47; " 56; " 178; " 80
THE DIET: I have packed my lunch for 95% of my adult working career. I dramatically increased my vegetable intake in February 2012, namely red, orange, yellow, and green peppers sauteed in extra virgin olive oil; green beans, broccoli, home made oatmeal, lots of fruit, etc. I cut out packaged snack crackers and fake granola bars in exchange for home made natural granola bars. I drink an average of 4-5 bottles of water per day. I completely cut out all soda consumption from Christmas 2011 until I was tested in May 2012.
THE PRODUCT: I began taking Cholestoff as directed (2 pills twice per day, 15-30 minutes prior to the meal) on the bottle starting May 2012 until I was tested again August 2012. I used Cholestoff Complete for the first 2 months, and Cholestoff Plus for the last month (which says to take the dosage with the meal, not prior to). I strictly dieted for 3 months to see what would happen with my cholesterol, and then I moderately dieted while consuming Cholestoff for 3 months to see what happened again.
RESULTS: As you can imagine, I was largely disappointed with the results Cholestoff provided. I told you about my health history so you can see that I am truly a hard case study. The only significant change I've experienced came in May after 3 months of strict dieting. My total cholesterol has remained largely unchanged in 6 years, with only minor fluctuations. My triglycerides, however, have dropped dramatically in that same 6-year time: from 107 to 47. 60 points! From May to August alone, my triglycerides reduced 16 points. During that same period, however, my LDL's increased 13 points.
All that to say, I don't give much credit to Cholestoff for the decreased triglycerides numbers. I followed the directions and these are the unbiased results. You can make your own decisions.