Should You Take Pectin to Lower Cholesterol -- Or Just Eat Apples?

Cleveland Clinic experts evaluate this supplement for reducing high cholesterol


On the Con Side
Michael F. Roizen, MD, the Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer, agrees that there aren’t many cons to using pectin, but he prefers that people get their nutrients from whole foods. All your life you’ve probably heard the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Maybe pectin is the reason why. Dr. Roizen wants you to eat three apples a day to keep him away!

Committee Conclusion
Experts on the Cleveland Clinic Prescriptive Wellness Committee conclude that pectin is a safe product with the potential for weight loss and lowering cholesterol, but they advise you to proceed slowly, as there isn’t enough evidence yet for full-on support of the supplement. The proper dosage is 500 mg three times a day at the start of meals (each dose is equivalent to the amount of pectin in three apples).

Related Links
-- Let Cleveland Clinic help you lower high cholesterol
-- Learn how to make smart food choices
-- Find other vitamins and supplements that are good for you

Learn more
-- High Cholesterol Spotlight
-- 30 Cholesterol Lowering Tips from the Cleveland Clinic
-- 7 Foods that Lower Cholesterol

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