UPDATE: This product is no longer available. Please see the Promise Web site for more details.
The brand Promise® has come up with the cure-all SuperShots® to cure cholesterol and high blood pressure.
First, I’ll discuss the blueberry flavored SuperShots® that “remove cholesterol” from your body. These 100ml servings contain 70 calories, 3.5g fat, 0g sat. fat, 30mg sodium, and less than 1g fiber (1.5 WW Points). They claim that this product contains “natural plant sterols, an ingredient clinically proven to help remove cholesterol from the body as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.”
So, let’s break this down… in my opinion, and there are studies to support this, a key component to lowering your cholesterol level is fiber and this product only contains less than 1 gram. It is promising, however, that these products do contain plant sterols, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol.
These SuperShots® products alone are not the miracle cure all for cholesterol; in fact, they even say that these products should be taken along with following a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet. This type of diet is more of the cure for lowering cholesterol along with increasing your intake of fiber. So, this product is a good healthy choice to make for a snack, but your emphasis should be on eating a low-fat, lower calorie, and low-cholesterol diet.
Second is the product Promise® has for lowering your blood pressure. On their website, they claim that the “essential, heart healthy fruit blends provide a good source of potassium in a convenient 3 fl. oz. serving*. Potassium can help flush sodium from the body. Promise® SuperShots® can be used as part of a high potassium, low-sodium diet because diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.”
Let’s break this down… the single best way to reduce your blood pressure is watching and restricting your sodium/salt intake. However, potassium has been shown to do great things for lower blood pressure, so in this sense, Promise® is correct. The same goes for this product as the product above, yes these are a healthy choice, but don’t rely on them alone to remove cholesterol or eliminate your high blood pressure. First, follow a low sodium diet, then incorporate this product as a snack.
The key to overcoming a disease, ideally, is by prevention. Prevent these diseases from even happening. This can be done by following a healthy low-fat, low-cholesterol, moderate-low calorie diet. Make sure you consume plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and water… and of course, exercise! These products above are OK to consume, but don’t expect them alone to make drastic changes in your body or for your health.
September 19th, 2008