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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.

Cholesterol Drug Not Living Up to Advertisement

A new study by cardiologists at The University of Kansas Hospital shows that the heavily advertised cholesterol drug ezetimibe (brand name Zetia; in combination with simvastatin: Vytorin) doesn’t provide all of the benefits suggested in the ads. The study appears in The Journal of Clinical Medical Research.

Ezetimibe is known to lower LDL cholesterol in many patients, but does not have well-defined benefits such as reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke or total mortality. Higher LDL levels are associated with greater risk for a heart attack. But the study involving 3,827 patients showed while ezetimibe did lower LDL cholesterol by 12 percent, it had no measurable effect on total mortality.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, Vacek and his researchers analyzed patient records going back eight years. The intent was to look at the effect of statins alone (such as simvastatin, lovastatin, and others) which work by reducing the production of LDL, the so called “bad cholesterol,” in the liver vs. ezetimibe, which works by blocking cholesterol absorbsion in the GI tract.

“It’s important to do studies like this. People take expensive medications that may have significant side effects, but may receive no benefit. Also the use of these drugs may detract from the use of others that are effective,” said Vacek. “Data such as this is key to cost-effective and outcomes based medical decision making.”

Ecology health center recommends a more natural aproach to help lowering cholesterol

ProOmega LDL

We recommend these products as part of the protocol:

Nordic Naturals Promega LDL – Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is an important step in the prevention of heart disease.Numerous scientific studies have shown that red yeast rice, a natural red pigmented yeast grown on rice, helps support healthy cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.Based upon such research findings and human clinical trials, Nordic Naturals developed ProOmega LDL, a synergistic blend of natural substances that have been shown to support overall cardiovascular health.

Niacin

Niacin – Also known as nicotinic acid, niacin is an essential nutrient, positioned at the core of NAD/NADH and NADP/NADPH, which are major redox- active “electron storage” compounds. One or both of these “redox pairs” is involved in every major biochemical pathway. They participate in the trafficking of electrons as “reducing equivalents”, the electron packets that facilitate metabolism. Niacin is involved in the production of energy, detoxification and the normal regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol.

 

PolicosanolPolicosanol – is a well-tolerated mixture of long-chain aliphatic alcohols derived from sugar cane wax. and promotes:

– healthy lipid metabolism,

– triglyceride support,

– platelet function, and

– antioxidant protection for cardiovascular health

 

Source  Kansas City InfoZyne and Ecology Health Center

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