Update 7/11/20. I had not heard of the supplement called Cholesterol 360 until it came up during a conversation of one of my other reviews – Bergamot. I looked at the ingredients and felt this supplement deserved a review. So in this Cholesterol 360 review, I'll cover the research on the ingredients to help you better decide if it's right for you. I also uncovered something some might find surprising about the company which makes the supplement too.
1 What Does The Name Mean
Because a circle has 360 degrees, by calling it Cholesterol360, I think this is a subtle way of letting us know this supplement is supposed to encircle us and provide total protection from getting high blood cholesterol levels.
While we are on the topic of heart disease, have you looked at your earlobes?
2 Cholesterol 360 Research
I saw no clinical studies on Cholesterol360 – itself -when I visited the company website. Likewise, no research on the supplement -itself – could be found on clinical research websites. But, there is research on the ingredients in this supplement.
Let's now look at the ingredients in Cholesterol360 and the research on those ingredients.
3 Cholesterol360 Ingredients
Each veggie capsule contains the following ingredients
|Ingredient||Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Vitamin C||50 mg||83 % DV|
|Citrus Bergamia||500 mg||N/A|
|Green Tea Extract (leaves)||25 mg||N/A|
|Grape Seed Extract||25 mg||N/A|
In the table above “%DV” = percent daily value and “N/A” = no daily value has been established.
4 Other Ingredients
These other ingredients are also listed:
- Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
- Microcrystalline cellulose
- Silicon dioxide
- Vegetable Magnesium stearate
These other ingredients make up the veggie capsules and help the 4 key ingredients work well together. They play no role in the cholesterol-lowering benefits of the supplement.
Now, let's look at the research on these ingredients.
Vitamin C does many in the body. While this may not be the first thing to come to your mind when you consider how to lower your cholesterol, studies suggest vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can reduce both LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin C also helps blood vessels work better too. As such, it makes sense it would be in a supplement like this.
While studies tend to use 500 mg of vitamin C to achieve these results, lower levels should have benefits too. Each capsule of Cholesterol360 provides 50mg of vitamin C. This is 83% of the amount we should be getting per day. As such, remember to also eat vitamin C-rich foods too.
Other names for this include bergamot, citrus bergamot, and Citrus bergamia Risso. I believe bergamot is the key active ingredient in Cholesterol 360. I believe the company which makes Cholesterol360 (called Stop Aging Now) thinks so too because their website links to a bergamot study. They don't do this for the other ingredients in the product.
Several human studies have documented bergamot's ability to:
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Lower triglycerides
- vasodilate (relax/open up) blood vessels
Bergamot seems to also raise HDL (good) cholesterol and in some people, it may reduce blood sugar levels too. At least one study has also noted it may help people reduce their statin medications. Bergamot not a replacement for statin drugs, however.
Bergamot Video Review
Here's a video on the bergamot cholesterol research:
In one investigation, researchers in Italy gave 77 people with cholesterol problems, 1000 mg of bergamot for a month. After 30 days these were the results seen:
- Average cholesterol dropped from 278-191
- Average LDL cholesterol dropped from 191-113
- Average triglycerides dropped from 238 to 165
- Average HDL levels increased from 38-45
Several other studies have shown similar results. Researchers generally use about 1000 mg per day taken before meals to achieve results.
One of the ways bergamot works is by inhibiting an enzyme that makes cholesterol (called HMG-CoA reductase). By knocking out this enzyme, it prevents the body from making cholesterol. This is also how cholesterol-lowering statin drugs work too.
But, bergamot does not seem to be associated with the muscle pain people who take statin drugs sometimes report. Bergamot probably works in other ways, in addition, knocking out this enzyme.
Cholesterol360 contains a trademarked version of bergamot called Bergamonte, a product by a company called HP Ingredients (HPIngredients.com). Bergamonte is standardized to contain 30% flavones (a type of plant chemical called a flavonoid).
In case it matters to you, the flavones in the Cholesterol360 are composed of neoeriocitrin, naringin and neohesperidin, melitidine and bruteridine.
As an aside, it's worth pointing out each capsule of Cholesterol 360 contains 500 mg of bergamot. This is less than many studies have used (1000-1500 mg). Might this be why some online testimonials (such as Amazon) noted it did not work for them? Several others I saw though said it did work. Like all supplements, results may vary.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea is rich in a variety of antioxidant compounds. The extract in Cholesterol360 comes from the leaves of the plant and contains 20% polyphenols, a type of plant chemical found in fruits and vegetables. Researchers in the US and Korea have noted polyphenols from green tea block absorption of cholesterol.
It's likely green tea works in many other ways too.
Green tea is so full of healthy nutrients, I actually open green teabags and add it to my breakfast smoothies. I do this instead of drinking tea so I can get ALL the nutrients.
For more about tea, see these reviews:
For more on how to lower LDL naturally see this video
Grape Seed Extract
Grapes and grape seed extract have long been regarded as healthy. Reputation aside, I think the evidence for the extracts is mixed. Some investigations show green tea extract works while other studies show it doesn‘t.
On the plus side, researchers in the US, conducting a review of previous research noted grape seed extract could reduce blood pressure and heart rate. I prefer eating grapes (especially frozen grapes) to using extracts of them.
5 Who Makes Cholesterol 360?
The company is called Stop Aging Now LLC. The website is StopAgingNow.com. The company address is 7250 Woodmont Ave Bethesda, MD 20814-2960. They can be reached at 800- 627-9721.
Digging a little deeper reveals Stop Aging Now appears to be related to another company called NutraNext (NutraNext.net, formally WellNexthealth.com). NutraNext is a maker of dietary supplements. They make supplement brands such as Rainbow Light and Natural Vitality.
The company has a long track record, having been in business since 1996.
Despite the company name, there is no proof their supplements “stop aging now.” For more on anti-aging supplements see these reviews:
6 The Clorox Connection
In March of 2018, the Clorox Company purchased NutraNext for 700 million dollars. So Stop Aging Now supplements are sub-companies of Clorox corporation. While many know Clorox from its cleaning products (like Clorox bleach), the company has been diversified for many years. Clorox is also the company behind Brita water filters and Hidden Valley salad dressings.
7 BBB Ratings
The Better Business Bureau gave Stop Aging Now LLC a rating of “A+” when this review was updated. The company has a few complaints listed (who doesn't?) but they respond to people quickly. It's good to see a company do this. See the BBB file for updates and more information.
8 Contact Stop Aging Now
Here are the phone numbers to the company:
- Customer Care: 800- 627-9721
- Corporate office: 240-479-2500
9 Cholesterol 360 Guarantee
All supplements come with a 365-day money-back guarantee when purchased from the company website. This guarantee is for both opened and unopened bottles. That is pretty good.
10 Return Cholesterol 360
To return Stop Aging Now supplements, mail bottles to:
Stop Aging Now
ATTN: Returns Department
1353 Baker Ct, Suite 125
Lexington, KY 40511
Before you do this, call the company first at 800- 627-9721. This way they can give you instructions to make the process easier. For example, the company strongly recommends you add tracking to the supplements you return. Refunds cannot be issued if they did not receive the items.
You must return bottles to get a refund. If you do not return a bottle, then the refund is only 50% of what you paid. It may take 4-6 weeks to see the money refunded to your credit card.
11 Buy Cholesterol 360
This supplement can be purchased at the company website (StopAgingNow.com) and at various online retailers. It is not available at local stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Costco, Sam's Club, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe or Vitamin World.
12 Cholesterol 360 Price
When purchasing Cholesterol 360 from the company website the cost is:
- 1 bottle: $29.95
- 3 bottles: $80.85 (26.95/ bottle)
- 6 bottles: $149.70 ($24.95/ bottle)
13 Cholesterol 360 vs. Bergamot
Bergamot is an ingredient in Cholesterol360. So, how does Cholesterol360 compare to bergamot? This is a good question since bergamot has cholesterol-lowering research. Alas, no studies pitting these supplements to each other can be located. Similarly, studies comparing Cholesterol 360 to other supplements such as BergaMet can be located.
14. What About Cholesterol 360 Ultra?
The ultra version of the supplement is essentially the same thing except that it also contains
- 20 mg Policosanol
- 10 mg Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ)
Policosanol is sometimes used to boost HDL levels. The ingredient called PQQ is related to resveratrol. Its sometimes promoted for mitochondrial health and reducing oxidative stress but the evidence is preliminary.
15 Cholesterol 360 Side Effects
Based on the ingredients, Cholesterol360 is expected to be safe in the majorly of healthy people. Because we are all different, here are some things to consider if you take Cholesterol 360. This list is not complete:
- Start with less than recommended for the first week
- Stop taking at least 2 weeks before surgery
- Don't take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Speak to your pharmacist and doctor if you take any medications like blood thinners, or medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. See the bergamot review for why.
- In theory, the ingredients in Cholesterol360 may interact with other supplements you take, such as supplements for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure. When in doubt, speak to your qualified healthcare provider.
16 Does Cholesterol 360 Work
The ingredients in Cholesterol 360 make sense. Of the 4 ingredients in the supplement, I believe citrus bergamot is the key active ingredient. Several studies have found bergamot can reduce total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides after only 30 days of use. Judging from the testimonials I saw, Cholesterol 360 does seem to work for many people. If you try the supplement you should know if it's working after about 30 days.