Treating Cholesterol: The Natural Approach
Maintaining a healthy cholesterol level can be very difficult for some people, particularly those with a genetic tendency for high blood cholesterol levels. The natural ingredients in some cholesterol Support products, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can help you to maintain appropriate, normal cholesterol levels.
One way I like to treat high cholesterol problems is by using red yeast rice, an extremely effective supplement that’s also a natural statin. The “natural” here isn’t an empty term; red yeast rice lowers LDL levels but without many of the negative effects of prescription statin drugs. And although red yeast rice does affect CoQ10 levels, I usually suggest using a brand that has CoQ10 added in or buying a standalone supplement. Red Yeast Rice lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and raises HDL. Treatment with red yeast rice has actually been shown to decrease cardiovascular death by 30% and total death by 33%.
I also use fish oil containing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA – 4,000 – 5,000 grams daily – to help lower LDL cholesterol. This dose also has been shown to decrease clot formation and cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat).
When it comes to the problem of low HDL cholesterol, I treat this very aggressively, since for every 1 point rise in your HDL number, coronary artery disease risk decreases by 2-3%! Statins are only marginally effective to that end. Instead, I administer niacin, also know as vitamin B6, which raises HDL (and also lowers LDL). Some patients get a flushed feeling after taking high doses of niacin, but the flushes are generally brief, and can be mediated by taking the supplement with food or by taking a controlled-release form. Reducing dietary carbohydrates and cardiovascular exercise also increase HDL cholesterol.
These links are provided to give you ideas of what to look for at your local store.
Garcinia Supplement– cholesterol support, glucose support, weight support
Nature Wise Forskolin – boost testosterone, weight support, cholesterol support
Antioxidant Boost– Consider for elevated Myeloperoxidase
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