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UH Partners with Procter & Gamble TO PROMOTE HEART HEALTH

Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute Innovations - Summer 2016

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute has partnered with Procter & Gamble (P&G) to promote heart health to patients who might benefit from Meta Daily Heart Health, an over-the-counter supplement that can help lower total and LDL cholesterol.† P&G is launching the product in the Cleveland area beginning this month. It contains 100 percent natural psyllium husk, and is available online nationally or at selected retailers in the Cleveland and Tampa areas as a powder mix; in convenient, easy-to-dose powder packets; and in capsules. Meta Daily Heart Health

The key dietary ingredient in Meta Daily Heart Health is psyllium husk. The psyllium husk in Meta Daily Heart Health lowers cholesterol by forming a gel and trapping and eliminating some bile via the stool. In response, the liver removes cholesterol from the bloodstream to make more bile, lowering serum total and LDL cholesterol.

Randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical studies have demonstrated that psyllium is a useful adjunct to dietary intervention, lowering total cholesterol (-4 percent to -6 percent) and LDL cholesterol (-5 percent to -9 percent).1–7 Greater reductions in total cholesterol (-15 percent) and LDL cholesterol (-20 percent) have been observed with psyllium in studies with a usual, unrestricted/uncontrolled diet.8–9

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Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Meta Daily Heart Health, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health powder has 3.6 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health capsules has 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.


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