Most of these products contain something called plant sterols. This is something which can block cholesterol from being absorbed in the intestine so that it can pass through the body. You need to eat a certain amount of the product for it to have any real benefit so I am not doubting that the nutritionist may have recommended that amount. You should ask the nutritionist if you have concerns. However, these products are only a minor help in an overall serious condition. The products are like using an umbrella in a hurricaine-- it's not a bad idea but it's not enough.
She really needs cholesterol medication like Lipitor
. She should also have her arteries (in her heart and in her neck) evaluated for blockages. The symptoms sound to me like she has a blockage. My mother has high cholesterol
and had a massive heart attack
2 years ago because she had 3 blockages. She is doing well now but her heart has permanent damage from the heart attack so if you can prevent a heart attack (or stroke
) before it happens then she will be much better off.