Total Cholesterol

Total Cholesterol is a phrase used to refer to all circulating cholesterol molecules, and is totalled by adding LDL-C, HDL-C and vLDL-C together. It is distinct from Triglycerides.


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 total cholesterol

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
All comparative evidence is now gathered in our ​Supplement Goals Reference.
The evidence for each separate supplement is still freely available ​here.
Policosanol  
Chromium  
Cocoa Extract  
Fish Oil  
Red Clover Extract  
Berberine  
Grape Seed Extract  
Nigella sativa  
Olive leaf extract  
Psyllium  
Royal Jelly  
Spirulina  
Trimethylglycine  
Astaxanthin  
Creatine  
Curcumin  
Hesperidin  
L-Carnitine  
Lactobacillus reuteri  
Vitamin E  
Ashwagandha  
Soy lecithin  
Artichoke Extract  
Cissus quadrangularis  
Citrullus colocynthis  
Dehydroepiandrosterone  
Ecklonia cava  
Ginger  
Grapefruit  
Green Tea Catechins  
Guggul  
HMB  
Inositol  
Irvingia gabonensis  
Krill Oil  
Microlactin  
Panax ginseng  
Pterostilbene  
Pyruvate  
Rooibos  
Rose Hip  
Tetradecyl Thioacetic Acid  
Tribulus terrestris  
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)  
Zinc  
Anethum graveolens  
Benfotiamine  
Biotin  
Blueberry  
Citrulline  
Coenzyme Q10  
Conjugated Linoleic Acid  
ECA  
Ecdysteroids  
Eleutherococcus senticosus  
Gamma Oryzanol  
Ganoderma lucidum  
Garcinia cambogia  
Green Coffee Extract  
Hibiscus sabdariffa  
Japanese Knotweed  
Lactobacillus casei  
Licorice  
Magnesium  
Melatonin  
Nattokinase  
Phosphatidylcholine  
Phosphatidylserine  
Punicic Acid  
Resveratrol  
Salvia hispanica  
Sea Buckthorn  
Stevia  
Theaflavins  
Vanadium  
Vitamin C  
Vitamin K  
Whey Protein  
Yacon  
Aronia melanocarpa  
Coffee  
Colostrum  
Eclipta alba  
Emblica officinalis  
Medium-chain triglycerides  
Pycnogenol  
Quercetin  
Ruscus aculeatus  
Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid  
Yerba mate  
Perilla Oil  
Pueraria lobata  
Rubus coreanus  
Vitamin B1