HDL-C

High Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (HDL-C) is seen as the 'good' cholesterol (relative to LDL-C). Its job is to bring circulating cholesterol and fatty acids back to the liver tissue and clear them from the blood; high levels are desired to protect the heart.


Research analysis by and verified by the Examine.com Research Team. Last updated on Apr 29, 2017.

Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect hdl-c

Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
Garlic
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Fish Oil  
Policosanol  
Chromium  
Cocoa Extract  
Conjugated Linoleic Acid  
Red Clover Extract  
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)  
Berberine  
Curcumin  
Green Tea Catechins  
Inositol  
Olive leaf extract  
Psyllium  
Spirulina  
Astaxanthin  
Dehydroepiandrosterone  
Grape Seed Extract  
Hesperidin  
L-Carnitine  
Lactobacillus reuteri  
Magnesium  
Nigella sativa  
Trimethylglycine  
Vitamin E  
Ganoderma lucidum  
Krill Oil  
Ashwagandha  
Ephedrine  
Fenugreek  
Ginger  
Guggul  
Irvingia gabonensis  
Panax ginseng  
Pterostilbene  
Pueraria mirifica  
Punicic Acid  
Quercetin  
Rooibos  
Shilajit  
Anethum graveolens  
Artichoke Extract  
Benfotiamine  
Black Cohosh  
Blueberry  
Caffeine  
Citrulline  
Citrullus colocynthis  
Creatine  
Eleutherococcus senticosus  
Gamma Oryzanol  
Garcinia cambogia  
Green Coffee Extract  
Gynostemma pentaphyllum  
HMB  
Hemp Protein  
Hibiscus sabdariffa  
Japanese Knotweed  
Licorice  
Melatonin  
Microlactin  
Nattokinase  
Phosphatidylcholine  
Phosphatidylserine  
Pyruvate  
Resveratrol  
Rose Hip  
Royal Jelly  
Salvia hispanica  
Sea Buckthorn  
Soy lecithin  
Stevia  
Theaflavins  
Vanadium  
Vitamin C  
Vitamin K  
Whey Protein  
Yacon  
Zinc  
Coleus forskohlii  
Ruscus aculeatus  
Coffee  
Emblica officinalis  
Medium-chain triglycerides  
Pycnogenol  
Safflower Oil  
Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid  
Tetradecyl Thioacetic Acid  
Yerba mate  
Ecklonia cava  
Eclipta alba  
Horse Chestnut  
Mangifera indica  
Perilla Oil  
Pueraria lobata  
Pyrroloquinoline quinone  
Rubus coreanus  
Vitamin B1  
Vitamin D  

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"HDL-C," Examine.com, published on 6 February 2013, last updated on 29 April 2017, http://examine.com/topics/hdl-c/