Lee Swanson, President of Swanson Health Products®
Take charge of your cardiovascular health with Ultimate HDL Support Formula, a state-of-the-art combination of cutting-edge ingredients formulated to promote healthy levels of HDL in the bloodstream. By now most of us have heard about "good" (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL) and "bad" (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) cholesterol, but for those of us without medical degrees, how the two affect cardiovascular health can be a little confusing. HDL and LDL are both plasma lipoproteins, biochemical structures that feature lipids (fats) bound to proteins. The proteins act as an emulsifier enabling fats and cholesterol, which aren't water-soluble, to be transported in the bloodstream and into and out of our cells. Because proteins are much denser than lipids, the more lipid and less protein a lipoprotein has, the less dense it is. Thus LDL molecules have much higher concentrations of cholesterol than HDL, which has higher protein content.
When people talk about high cholesterol levels, what they're referring to is higher concentrations of LDL particles and lower concentrations of HDL resulting in high total plasma cholesterol, which can be harmful to the cardiovascular system. That's why LDL is "bad." On the other hand, HDL molecules transport cholesterol out of the bloodstream to be metabolized in the liver by bile acids, lowering total cholesterol and protecting the cardiovascular system, which is why they're "good." For sound cardiovascular function, it's vital to maintain a healthy balance of HDL to LDL. This balance is largely determined by genetics, but other factors, such as nutrition, can also play an important role. That's where Ultimate HDL Support Formula comes in.
Featuring the most effective dietary ingredients available for promoting healthy lipid balance, Ultimate HDL Support Formula is specifically formulated to boost the concentration and activity of beneficial HDL in the bloodstream. The formula starts with avocado oil, naturally rich in the same heart-healthy omega-9 fatty acids found in olive oil. Adding to the healthy "odd omegas" is Provinal,® purified omega-7, the only purified marine-source palmitoleic acid on the market. Yielding an impressive 50% minimum concentration of palmitoleic acid, Provinal® has been shown in studies to dramatically increase HDL levels.
The activity of these healthy oils is augmented by a generous supply of CardioAid® plant sterols. Differing slightly from cholesterol in structure, these natural phytosterols slow the absorption of dietary and endogenously produced cholesterol without inhibiting HDL function, making them a great way to promote healthy HDL/LDL ratios.
To make the formula complete, we also include Bergamonte® citrus polyphenolic extract. Derived from the Citrus bergamia fruit of southern Italy, this patented polyphenol extract has been shown in human clinical trials to increase HDL cholesterol by an astounding 40%—now that's a difference you can take to heart! Combined, these state-of-the-art ingredients make Ultimate HDL Support Formula the ideal all-natural way to keep your lipid levels in the heart-healthy range.