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Are you wasting your money on fish oil, turmeric supplements for heart health? Most likely, say experts

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Common dietary supplements don't work to lower cholesterol and improve heart health, say researchers.
Common dietary supplements don't work to lower cholesterol and improve heart health, say researchers.
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Supplements don't protect you from heart disease or lower "bad" cholesterol, yet the market, overseas and in South Africa, is saturated with products, leaving customers spoiled for choice. 

After recommending evidence-based medications to their patients only to have them say, "no thanks, I'll just try this supplement", a team of cardiologists in the US decided to design a study to prove, in a rigid way, that six popular supplements that people commonly take actually don't help lower "bad" cholesterol or improve heart health. 

Bad cholesterol, known as LDL (low-density lipoproteins) can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. Elevated bad cholesterol is a growing problem worldwide: in 2020, there were 4.51 million deaths globally that were attributable to high LDL cholesterol, an increase from 2010, according to American Heart Association 2022 statistics.

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