Health: A New Booster Club

So you're taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, and you've got your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, way down. Congratulations! But if you want to reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes, it's also important to raise low levels of HDL, the artery-clearing "good" cholesterol. "The problem is, raising HDL is hard to do--and the existing drugs have side effects," says Dr. Dennis Goodman, former chief of cardiology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

What's the solution? You could eat right, exercise, lose weight and quit smoking--all proven methods. But a new product called HDL Booster, developed by Goodman, might help, too. Available at , the formula contains 20 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants--from garlic to coenzyme Q10--that appear to benefit the heart in scientific studies. Does it work? There are no placebo-controlled trials to tell for sure. But in a pilot study at Scripps, patients increased their HDL up to 23 percent in six months, with major reductions in harmful triglycerides, too. The pills aren't cheap--about $1.20 a day. But neither is the cost of heart disease.