Cholesterol Supplements - natural, safe and effective substances to help lower cholesterol levels
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This page should be useful to you if you are looking for cholesterol supplements to help bring your levels down. Here, I have compiled information on some substances and plant extracts which have been shown to have cholesterol-lowering effects and may be found in a supplement to lower cholesterol levels.
Get More Info on Cholesto-Rite for Cholesterol Control to help control LDL (bad cholesterol), maintain healthy HDL levels and reduce risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
In some studies, a few of these substances below have actually produced better outcomes than prescription medications (Statin drugs) for cholesterol control. They are generally safer and have less or no side effects, too.
Before you turn to a cholesterol supplement to solve your problem, I would strongly suggest you make some dietary and lifestyle changes as the foundation of your efforts to lower your cholesterol. While herbs and supplements may lower your cholesterol levels, they will not correct the deeper underlying condition and issues.
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A note about using Cholesterol Supplements
In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
If you have not already done so, read
this page which explains some steps on how to naturally lower your cholesterol.
Artichoke Leaf Extract
Green Tea Extract
Green tea, of course, also comes with many other documented health benefits.
Plant Sterols and Stanols
One specific kind of sterol is Beta Sitosterol. Found in soybeans, corn oil and wheat germ, this substance not only lowers cholesterol levels, but studies also imply it has immune boosting and anti-cancer effects.
An additional benefit is that it decreases the ability of blood cells to clump up, hence improving blood circulation.
Policosanol is a promising substance for improving cholesterol levels and it has in fact performed better than some popular cholesterol-lowering drugs in some clinical trials. It also apparently has no known side effects so far.
Red Yeast Rice
It is available as a standalone supplement for cholesterol and, with my preference for all things natural, with little or no side effects and much higher effectiveness, I would go straight for Red Yeast Rice anytime, no doubt about it.
However, the use of Red Yeast Rice may not be safe for people with liver disease, kidney disease or serious infections, as well as children, nursing women and those who have had organ transplants. If you belong to one of these groups, do exercise caution and find out more.
Supporting substances found in some Cholesterol Supplements
These are some other supporting substances which may be found in a cholesterol supplement.
Discussion on Niacin
Note that Niacin, or Vitamin B3, has been proven to increase HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) and lower triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels (the bad cholesterol). One particular study was conducted in 1998 by the American Journal of Cardiology.
Niacin is apparently prescribed by many medical doctors. However, as it comes with several known side effects, which include headaches, gas, cramps, indigestion, nausea, gout, skin flushing or hot flashes, skin eruptions, high blood sugar, liver inflammation and the worsening of peptic ulcers, I do not recommend it.
Do note that the above list of substances and extracts commonly found in cholesterol supplements is by no means a complete one. Also, more discoveries are being made all the time.
I would like to conclude this article by once again reminding you that while a cholesterol lowering supplement may help to keep things under control, it is still largely a quick fix, not dissimilar to using prescription drugs, but with perhaps better effectiveness and definitely less side effects. In order to effect true and permanent healing of the underlying condition,
dietary and lifestyle changes to naturally lower cholesterol would be necessary.
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