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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.

Here’s Why CoQ10 is Good For You

Co Q10 is a powerful anti-aging supplement which protects the heart.Here’s why you need COQ10.

You may have heard that CoQ10 is beneficial for prevention and treatment of heart ailments.

But…. did you know that CoQ10 is also considered a powerful anti-aging nutrient.

What Does CoQ10 Do?

  • Improves cellular energy
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Boosts free radical-scavenging abilities
As an antioxidant, one of its primary purposes is to counteract free radicals, which are known for damaging cell membranes.

How does CoQ10 Work?

Our body converts Coenzyme















Q10 to ubiquinol.  Ubiquinol is the reduced version of coenzyme Q10. They’re actually the same molecule, but when CoQ10 is reduced it takes on two electrons, which turns it into what we call ubiquinol.

In your body, this conversion occurs thousands of times every second inside  the “engine” of each cell. This is how energy is produced.

When you have low amounts of CoQ10 you will very often have low energy and feel fatigued.

Unfortunately, our bodies’ ability to naturally produce CoQ10 steadily decreases over time.

By the time we hit 40, the amount has fallen so significantly that there is no practical diet conceivable to fill this critical nutrient void.

The healthcare community has touted ubiquinol as essential for good health. Many experts now believe that absorbing a sufficient amount of ubiquinol is a key link to how well we age and maintain our physical stamina. When our body’s supply of ubiquinol is lower, we tend to slow down, have less energy, and our heart and cardiovascular system are less well protected.

What about Statins?

Did you know that Statins, used to reduce your production of cholesterol,  lower your bodies natural production of CoQ10?

That is why supplementing with CoQ10 is essential to restore natural levels and to counter the effects of statin drugs.

Nordic Naturals has combined concentrated omega-3 fish oil and Coenzyme Q10 in their Pro Omega Formula. The Pro Omega CoQ10 offers the benefits of EPA and DHA from fish oil with the antioxidant CoQ10. Think of it as the two most important heart support nutrients in one high quality product.

 

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.

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