Frequently Asked Questions

 What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. The liver makes
some cholesterol from the saturated fats in the foods you eat. Certain foods also contain cholesterol.

Types of Cholesterol:
LDL – is considered the “bad” cholesterol. LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells that need it. If there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up as plaque on the artery walls, and contribute to heart disease or even stroke. The more LDL there is in the blood, the greater the risk of heart disease.
HDL – is considered “good” cholesterol or “healthy” cholesterol. HDL cholesterol mops up cholesterol left behind in your arteries and carries it to the liver, where it is broken down and passed out of the body.

Maintaining a higher level of HDL is good. If your HDL level is low your risk of heart disease increases.
Very Low Density Lipoproteins (VLDL) is similar to LDL in that it contains mostly fat and not much protein.
Triglycerides another type of fat, is carried in the blood by VLDL. Excess calories, alcohol, or sugar in your body are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells throughout your body.

Risk Factors for High Cholesterol:
Although the precise cause of heart disease is still not fully understood, certain factors can increase your likelihood of developing it. These are known as risk factors.
Uncontrollable Risk Factors: Gender, Age, Family History
Controllable Risk Factors: Diet, Weight and Physical Activity/ Exercise

What are plant Sterols?

Plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) are natural substances that can lower your cholesterol. Plant steros are present naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegtables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, vegtable oils, and other plant sources. However, typical western diets supply only around 200-400mg plant sterols per day.

 When and how should I use Zerochol?

Take 2 tablets daily with your main meal. You may take a third tablet with your breakfast or lunch if the meal is high in cholesterol. By taking Zerochol with your meal, the free plant sterols help to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the meal.

What are the risk factors assosciated with high cholesterol?

Although the precise cause of heart disease is still not fully understood, certain factors can increase your likelihood of developing it. These are known as risk factors.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors: Gender, Age, Family History

Controllable Risk Factors:
Diet, Weight and Physical Activity/Exercise

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What are healthy cholesterol levels?

Total cholesterol; Less than 5.
LDL; Less than 3.
HDL; Greater than 1.
Triglycerides; Less than 2.

 Why is elevated LDL cholesterol undesirable?

LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells that need it. If there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up as plaque on the artery walls, and contribute to heart disease or even stroke.

Why should I use Zerochol?

In March 2015, a new scientific study confirmed Zerochol as an effective treatment in cholesterol management. Participants in the trial were encouraged by the results, with 83% participants satisfied with Zerochol, 98% showing no side effects and 79% participants requesting to stay on Zerochol after the 12 week period.

Great Research Results:
The 3 months study with 93 participants (41 men, 52 women) showed positive results when taking one Zerochol tablet, twice daily. (1.6g plant sterols daily).
– 12% reduction in Total Cholesterol
– 17% reduction in LDL Cholesterol
– 8% increase in HDL
– 17% reduction in Triglycerides

Are plant sterols a new solution to lowering cholesterol?

No. The cholesterol lowering potential of dietary plant sterols has been known for over 50 years, however according to new scientific research, a daily dietary intake of 1.6g free plant sterols up to a maximum daily intake of 3g “may reduce the risk of heart disease”. The well documented cholesterol – lowering effect of plant sterols is the basis for recommendations to include plant sterols into strategies to lower LDL(bad) cholesterol.

What is the source of plant sterols in Zerochol?

Soybean oil, sunflower oil, maize, rapeseed oil and tall pine tree oil.

Allergen Information

Contains soy oil – no soy protein present.

Zerochol is dairy free, nut and gluten free.

Can you take Zerochol® with cholesterol lowering medication

Yes, One of the advantages of taking Zerochol® alongside cholesterol lowering medication is that it has been shown that cholesterol lowering medication plus plant sterols work more effectively than doubling the dose of the statin 3. If a person is on statins, you can recommend that they introduce Zerochol® to their program. When they return to see their GP, the impact of using Zerochol® will be evident and therefore the GP may look to reduce the medication dose.

Please inform you GP if you are using Zerochol as a cholesterol lowering supplement.

What about soy oil and isoflavones?

Isoflavones, which have a “weak oestrogenic effect”, are present in all soy foods with the exception of soy sauce and soy oil, therefore Zerochol® plant sterol tablets which contain soy oil are perfectly safe as they contain no isoflavones.

Reference: 

Faraj A, Vasanthan T (2004) Food Reviews International, Volume 20, Issue 1, March Page 51-75

Is Zerochol® a natural product?

Yes, Zerochol® contains 100% natural plant sterols (800mg plant sterols/ tablet)

Does Zerochol® affect CoQ-10 synthesis?

No, plant sterols do not affect the synthesis of CoQ-10. Plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol and block the absorption of cholesterol from foods, The body takes up less cholesterol and reacts by increasing self controlled synthesis. It cannot however completely compensate for the inhibition of absorption which means that the cholesterol level falls. The only side effect to plant sterols is that they can interfere with the absorption of carotenoids, namely beta-carotene but this can be compensated for in the diet by increasing fruits and vegetables in the diet.

Reference: 

Qullez J et al (2003) Clinical Nutrition Aug;22(4):343-51.

How quickly does Zerochol® start to work?

Zerochol® is good for the cholesterol level from the first day. After 3-6 weeks, Zerochol® helps you to maintain the lowered cholesterol level, for as long as you use Zerochol® .

Benefits of using Zerochol®

  • Less than 1 calorie per daily dose.
  • Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free.
  • Presented in a convenient blister pack.
  • Only 2 tablets with your main meal required.
  • No secondary side effects.
  • No known interaction with prescription drugs.

Can Zerochol be used during pregnancy?

No Zerochol is not recommended during pregnancy, breastfeeding or for children under 5 years of age.

Can you take Zerochol® with red yeast rice supplements

Yes, as they block cholesterol in a different manner, however it would be costly to supplement with both, and Zerochol is effective on its own and without side effect.

 How can I know if my cholesterol level is too high?

It is best to visit your GP to get your bloods analysed. If visiting your GP,  go fasting and in the morning. This will give you the  best reading. Alternatively, some pharmacies offer cholesterol testing for a small charge.