You probably already know that cholesterol really isn’t the boogeyman everyone makes it out to be. In fact, your body requires cholesterol to stay healthy. That’s why your liver and your brain produce it. Problems occur, though, when this healthy cholesterol becomes damaged. That’s when cholesterol starts to wreak havoc on your vascular system. Well, the British think they have a solution.
Not too long ago, a division of Nestle launched a product in Great Britain called Ateronon. The manufacturers claim that Ateronon “is the first formula proven to halt the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, recognized as the key process of atherosclerotic build-up.”
Ateronon is a tomato-based product with loads of lycopene in it. As you may know, there’s a lot of research on lycopene and heart health. Your body has trouble absorbing lycopene, though. But Nestle says Ateronon features a proprietary mixture with whey protein that makes it more absorbable. They call the mixture “lactolycopene.”
It all sounds great — unless you’re allergic to whey or have a whey intolerance. So it makes sense that Ateronon will work. But here’s the trouble: Since Ateronon launched, we’ve hardly seen any news about it in the U.S. I’ve searched for Ateronon and lactolycopene in PubMed and Google Scholar and can’t find any studies proving Nestle’s claims. I’ve seen plenty of articles that regurgitate the marketing materials. But very little on the scientific front.
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The only exception is a study the company announced at the pill’s launch. In that study, researchers gave the product to 150 people for eight weeks. They said it reduced the oxidation of harmful fats in the blood to zero. That’s impressive. In fact, it’s much better than you’ll see from any statin drug.
You would think this study would bring about more studies. If it has, we haven’t seen them yet.
That doesn’t mean this product doesn’t work. We know lycopene is a powerful nutrient. And the added whey should make it easier to absorb. But there’s more trouble with Ateronon. You can’t find it in the U.S. And when you can, it’s fairly expensive (about $56 for a one-month supply).
The day may come when we see better research and greater availability for Ateronon (and at a better price). I hope so. But there’s no need to wait. We already have access to an affordable lycopene product with a great deal of research behind it. It’s Lyc-O-Mato.
We’ve seen a lot studies on Lyc-O-Mato for prostate health, asthma, blood pressure and many other conditions. And a recent study in Israel found that Lyc-O-Mato also increases LDL-cholesterol’s resistance to oxidation. So why pay for an expensive formula when you can take an inexpensive pill that obviously has no trouble with absorption? I’ve seen Lyc-O-Mato as low as $9 for a one-month supply on the Internet.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.