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If you Have High Cholesterol-Try Using Berberine

How Does Berberine Help if You Have High Cholesterol?

BerberineNew studies are discovering that Berberine can help reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent heart failure by lowering high cholesterol. Properties of this amazing supplement can also help promote a major reduction in blood sugar levels.

Check out this study published by NCBI on patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Click Here to Read and Learn. 

This supplement has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the last 1ooo years. It’s most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea and food poisoning, by fighting harmful microorganisms, bacteria, fungi and parasites.

Additionally,this amazing herb may help you lose weight by regulating your metabolism.

It works on your metabolsm  by activating an enzyme inside cells called AMP- activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzyme is sometimes referred to as a “metabolic master switch” and is found in the cells of various organs, including the brain, muscle, kidney, heart, and liver. This enzyme plays a major role in regulating metabolism.

Balance Your Cholesterol Without Statins

Do You Know There are Harmful Side Effects of Statins?

Taking Statins can have harmful long term effects such as heart failure, stroke, hypertension and kidney failure. A better alternative is to make lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, staying fit with consistent exercise, and supporting heart health with supplements.

Taking Statins can have harmful long term effects

Taking Statins can have harmful long term effects

Dr. Barbara Roberts, director of the Women’s Cardiac Center at The Miriam Hospital in Providence and a clinical associate professor of medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is the author of The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. In her book she addresses the side effects, some of which are serious, that come with taking statins.

The most serious is a reduction in levels of CoQ10. Low CoQ10 has been linked to heart failure, hypertension, fatigue and “mental fog”.

The most common side effect of statin therapy is myalgia, or muscle pain.
The pain is usually mild, but the risk and the severity increases when taking higher doses.

Rhabdomyolysis,,  another side effect, is a severe form of statin-related muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure, which can be fatal.

Dr. Roberts says, “the side effects are an acceptable trade off when drugs truly save lives but this isn’t the case for the vast majority of patients who take statins.”

She advise most patients to work on their diets before resorting to statins. Dietary changes can increase HDL and reduce triglycerides, which is more important than reducing LDL. Working on your diet, lifestyle changes and adding supplements which support cardiac health (see Dr. Pam’s Cholesterol Protocol) could be all you need to get your cholesterol in check.

Alice H. Lichtenstein, MD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association advises, “the most efficient way to up your heart health is by eating a better diet, consistent exercise, and quitting smoking. These lifestyle choices will give you the best results.”

There are several natural supplements that you can benefit from as well. Keep reading to learn more about supplements and lifestyle practices that help you naturally balance your cholesterol levels.

Dr. Pam’s Cholesterol Protocol

  • Niacin or non flushing Enduracin is effective at promoting a balance between LDL and HDL cholesterols. Take 400mg- 500mg 2 times daily
  • Coenzyme Q 10  This antioxidant is essential for the production of energy in little cellular engines called mitochondria. Statins deplete the body’s natural supply of this antioxidant. Take 100 to 200 mg daily. Click Here to read more about the benefits of CoQ10
  • Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) lowers LDL and raises HDL Cholesterol. Use 1-2 200mg 2 times per day
  • Red Yeast Rice Extract 1,200 mg., 2 times per day. Do not use this supplement if you are taking a statin (prescription medication for lowering cholesterol). Check out the latest research which shows Red Yeast Rice benefits by clicking here. 
  • Policosanol: Take 10 mg daily
  • Nordic Naturals Fish Oil  2,000 to 6,000 mg daily.
    Nordic Naturals Pro Omega LDL combines fish oil with Red Yeast Rice and Co Enzyme Q 10
  • Use Perfect Pass Prebiotics  and Perfect Pass Probiotics to encourage maximum absorption of your nutrients.
  • Eat a diet rich in vegetables, lean fish, and chicken and low in red meat. Alternatively, supplement with a complete immune support formula. Perfect Pass Immune Support Powder , added to a smoothie or Immune Support Capsules are good options. The formula is made up of an ideal ratio of nutrients.
  • Maintain a level of physical activity that keeps you fit.
  • Limit foods high in calories and low in nutrition.
  • Add foods high in soluble fiber – grains, oats, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Niacin is Great for Managing Cholesterol Balance

Niacin is good for your cholesterol

Did You Know That Niacin Can Improve Your Cholesterol Levels?

Niacin has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol levels. Taking niacin is regarded to be a natural way to lower LDL cholesterol levels without the unwanted side effects experienced with regular medications. Niacin supplements have been found to be as effective as, if not more effective than statin drugs in lowering bad cholesterol.

Niacin also aids in raising HDL cholesterol.

We recently read an interesting article from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist who has an integrative approach to treating cardiovascular disease.

He discussed the benefits of incorporating Niacin into your daily routine.

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Dr. Sinatra says, “It’s one of the best nutrients for raising HDL cholesterol. A research roundup completed by Mark Houston, M.D., from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, revealed that niacin increased HDL levels by 10 percent to 30 percent. Higher HDL levels leads to plaque regression. In fact, the higher your HDL levels, the greater the protection in your blood vessels.

  • Niacin does an excellent job of lowering the small, dense LDL cholesterol particles that can clog your arteries.
  • Niacin was shown to reduce triglycerides by 20 percent to 50 percent.
  • Niacin is the only nutrient that decreases dangerous Lp(a) cholesterol particles.

How much niacin should you take? Dr. Sinatra recommends for full vitamin B3 benefits, that you start with 250 mg of Niacin three times daily, and slowly work up to 1–3 grams in divided doses three times a day.

Statins or Natural Cholesterol Care

Pills to lower Cholesterol At the end of 2014 Federal health officials reported that more Americans than ever are taking cholesterol-lowering medications. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking drugs for high cholesterol rose from 20% to 28% between 2003 and 2012.

Why? Statins have a very impressive track record of lowering the “bad “cholesterol i.e. LDL, sometimes by as much as 50%. However…. what about the real goal? i.e. reduction in the risk for heart attacks?

Unfortunately those results are not impressive at all. What’s worse is that statins can have serious side effects. Most statin studies don’t show a reduction in mortality. More often than not, they’re used for primary prevention i.e. to lower LDL in those who haven’t been diagnosed with heart disease.

Barbara H. Roberts, MD, of the The Miriam Hospital talks about this in her book,The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. She was interviewed by Bottom Line/Personal.

Dr Roberts poses the question…..Is LDL really the enemy?
 

“For decades, the public health message hasn’t changed. High cholesterol –particularly high levels of LDL cholesterol –leads to atherosclerosis, blood clots and heart attacks.

Yet many important studies, including the Framingham Heart Study, have shown that most patients who have had a heart attack have cholesterol levels that are nearly identical to those who haven’t. Also, many experts believe that HDL “good” cholesterol is a more important predictor of heart disease than LDL.”

She reports that statins can lower the risk for recurrent heart attack by a small amount in people who already have had one. In people who haven’t been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, the use for statins reduced the risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events by a paltry 1% to 2%.

Serious Side Effects of Statins

Dr Barbara Roberts M.D. book about cholesterol care with dietDr Roberts also addresses the side effects, some of which are serious…. like reducing blood levels of CoQ10, which is involved in energy production inside cells. Low CoQ10 has been linked to heart failure, hypertension, fatigue and “mental fog”.

The most common side effect of statin therapy is myalgia, or muscle pain.
The pain is usually mild, but the risk and the severity increases when taking higher doses.

Rhabdomyolysis is a severe form of statin-related muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure, which can be fatal.

She says that the side effects are an acceptable trade off when drugs truly save lives but she says this isn’t the case for the vast majority of patients who take statins.

She sites 2 exceptions:

  1. if you have high LDL and have had a heart attack….or
  2. if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (or diabetes if you are a man), a statin can make sense.

She also recommends statins to patients who have had familial hypercholesterolemia, sky-high cholesterol caused by a genetic abnormality.

“I advise most patients to work on their diets before resorting to statins. Dietary changes can increase HDL and reduce triglycerides, which is more important than reducing LDL, says Dr Barbara Roberts.

Dietary Changes for Lowing Cholesterol

Here’s the diet she recommends. It’s based on the Lyon Diet Heart study that showed conclusively that heart attack patients who followed a Mediterranean-type diet, greatly improved their odds of never having another heart attack. They were eating more whole grains, vegetables, fruit and fish, and less beef, lamb and pork, among other factors. They were compared to those who followed a “prudent” Western Diet.

They were 56% less likely to die from any cause…65% less likely to suffer cardiac death…and 70% less likely to have a heart attack.

She comments that you might assume patients in the Mediterranean diet group had lower LDL. But that was not the case. She tells us that their LDL was roughly the same as that of people in the control group, which is further proof that you don’t need to reduce LDL to improve cardiovascular risks.

Asked why the Mediterranean diet was so effective? She says that some credit goes to olive oil and fish and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. The diet is also low in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids that we get from corn oil and other vegetable based oils. And also high in fiber.

Dr Robert’s other recommendations are:

  • Extra virgin olive oil that are is rich in phytochemicals.
  • Don’t worry about saturated fat, like, dairy fat, as its an effective way to increase HDL. It’s true that saturated fat raises LDL –but only the “fluffy” LDL particles that are largely benign.
  • Seafood a few times a week, like salmon and tuna a few times a week. It reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Enjoy your wine.… no more than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 for women, has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease. Red wine may be particularly helpful because it is high in antioxidants.
  • Say ‘no’ to “white” foods because simple carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, white pasta and some breakfast cereals cause a surge of insulin, which in turn increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Exercise … get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week like brisk walking, biking, and swimming.

“People want some kind of magic powder to sprinkle on their food to lower cholesterol, but the best alternative treatment is weight loss and eating better, exercise, and quitting smoking, which will give you the best results and may allow a person to avoid medications entirely,” says Alice H. Lichtenstein, MD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

Aside from lifestyle changes that include dietary changes and regular exercise, which supplements are helpful? Take a look at Good Gut Solution’s Cholesterol Care Category. There’s a great, selection of effective supplements.

How to Keep Your Cholesterol Under Control When Traveling

VW Bus in front of Beach

Being on the go makes it hard for anyone to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, but just because you’re not on your regular routine doesn’t mean you can’t stay on target towards good health.

Cholesterol is one of the most difficult things to control when fast food, gas station snacks, and coffee shop baked goods are just a stop away. While these salty, sugary, or fatty foods may be easy for a long commute or trip, they’re no good for keeping cholesterol in check.

HDL (or “good” cholesterol) is needed to help process and remove LDL (“bad” cholesterol) from your body, so making sure you’re getting enough of the good stuff is essential at all times, especially when you’re running on all cylinders while traveling.

Here are some ways to keep your cholesterol under control when traveling:

Making sure to pack supplements will help you get the nutrients you need without having to scour gas station travel areas for fortified foods or vitamins. B vitamins are recommended to help control your cholesterol even when you’re indulging a bit more than usual, so keeping supplements on hand is a good idea.

You can pack enough supplements of niacin, known to help give good cholesterol a boost in the body, and B-12, which is used to help foster production of red blood cells, to get your through your trip.

Being able to manage your cholesterol means you have to keep both the good and bad in balance and instead of eating fish on the go, it’s much easier to take a fish oil capsule. Cod liver oil capsules, made by Nordic Naturals, provide the natural oil you need.

Additionally, you should also consider packing antioxidant supplements, like Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Antioxidants if you’re not able to eat enough raw vegetables to provide you with the nutrition you need.

Packing raw vegetables and fruit in a small, soft-sided cooler is one way to keep cholesterol balanced by controlling what kinds of snacks you’re eating. A pre-packed snack bag can stop the urges to buy unhealthy food from a gas station.

When it comes to missing out on your regularly scheduled fitness plan, you don’t have to allocate specific time for working out – just incorporate extra steps and walking into your day while you’re out and about.

In the end, one trip is not going to ruin a regularly followed health routine. So, if you’re proactive on a daily basis and make some of these small changes to your on-the-road routine, you won’t have to stress out while you’re traveling!

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