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.
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.