ANTIAGING PRODUCTS: SUPPLEMENTS THAT LOWER CHOLESTEROL
High Cholesterol increases the risk of both heart attacks
Maintaining a healthy diet will in most non-genetic
related cases prevent your cholesterol level from escalating
to health damaging levels.
For some, like myself, have a genetic predisposition
to high cholesterol - or rather high LDL levels.
- Low-density lipoprotein [LDL];
the BAD cholesterol. LDL clings to artery walls, increasing
plaque build-up. High levels of LDL increase your
risk of heart disease and heat attack.
- High-density lipoprotein [HDL];
the GOOD cholesterol. HDL carries excess cholesterol
to the liver where it is removed from the body. If
you have a low level of HDL, you have a higher risk
of heart attack. This condition can be controlled
with weight management, proper diet, regular exercise
and, in some cases, medication.
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In most cases cholesterol can be controlled through
a combination of low fat diet and exercise.
- Diet - lowers LDL
- Exercise - raises HDL, helping
to remove excess cholesterol
There are also certain nutritional supplements that
have proven very effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol Lowering Supplements
The cholesterol lowering chemicals and compounds in
the above cholesterol lowering foods are available in
nutritional supplements especially formulated to assist
those with high
The most commonly used ingredients in cholesterol lowering
Phytosterols [Plant sterols]
Phytosterols interfere with absorption of lower LDL
(“bad”) cholesterol, but little or no effect
on HDL (“good”) cholesterol or triglycerides.
Used in FDA-approved margarines (Benecol and Take Control),
which lower cholesterol by an average of 10% when eaten
as directed, have proven more effective than supplements.
Potential side effects include gastrointestinal problems
such as cramping and diarrhea. May possibly reduce absorption
of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K, and E) as well as
carotenoids such as beta carotene.
Psyllium (Sold as Metamucil)
Psyllium is a seed grain fibre supplement and laxative
(powder or pill). Lowers total and LDL cholesterol by
4 to 7%. Start with a low dose, then increase to minimise
gas and bloating. May interact with some drugs. In rare
cases, allergic reactions.
Niacin [B vitamin, nicotinic
Niacin, in massive doses lowers LDL, boosts HDL, and
reduce triglycerides substantially. May have other beneficial
effects as well. Other cholesterol-lowering drugs have
less effect on HDL and triglycerides.
Niacin is not recommended for people with liver disease,
it can cause hot fushes and itching, nausea, blurred
vision, dizziness, headache, rise in blood sugar, and
liver damage. Extended-release versions, such as Niaspan,
reduce flushing. Best taken under medical supervision.
Red Yeast Rice Extracts
These rice extracts have been used for centuries in
China as a heart remedy. Made by fermenting red yeast
on rice; contains lovastatin, the same ingredient found
in one of the statin drugs (Mevacor). Can cause bloating,
gas and in rare cases, muscle pain or liver problems.
May interact with grapefruit juice.
Do not take with other cholesterol-lowering drugs
or levothyroxine (for thyroid problems). Take under
medical supervision with periodic blood tests.
Red Yeast Rice Extracts
Policosanol is derived from sugar cane, yams, or beeswax.
Some studies suggest it can lower LDL cholesterol as
much as 25%; others have found little or no effect.
Don’t take with anti-clotting drugs.
Potential side effects include: gastrointestinal upset,
rashes, headaches, insomnia, and weight loss. May inhibit
The nutritional supplements mentioned on this
page are available on our Antiaging
Cholesterol Lowering Nutrients
To Lowering & Controlling Cholesterol
Although the extent of the following supplements has
yet to be sufficiently proven, they have had a range
of effects from impressive to modest, with very rarely
side effect. .In severe cases, medications are advised
- see your Doctor for details.
It is recommended to tell your doctor and have periodic
blood tests to see if they are having the desired effect.