Cholesterol

Cholesterol gets a bad rap these days. Mention the word cholesterol, and it sparks fears of heart attack. But “elevated cholesterol levels” do not always mean heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels will not guarantee you against a heart attack.

Cholesterol is a soft waxy substance found among fats in your bloodstream but is essential to:

  • form cell membranes,

  • produce bile acids for digestion

  • make hormones  

  • make Vitamin D.

Cholesterol and other acids cannot dissolve in blood and have to be transported by special carriers called lipoproteins. These include;

  • the low density lipoproteins (LDL) called “bad cholesterol” which transports cholesterol towards cells

  • high density lipoproteins (HDL) often called “good cholesterol that transport cholesterol away from cell and into the liver for disposal.

When you have excess LDL, too much cholesterol, fat and cellular waste can be deposited into the walls of cells. This “plaque” can form blockages which can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Genetics, diet and lifestyle play a huge role but it is the oxidation or free radical development that turns cholesterol into a destructive compound.

Natural supplements can reduce your bad cholesterol  LDL without the side effects of prescription drugs.

Dr. Pam recommends:

  • Niacin from Allergy Research (ARG1000) or non flushing Enduracin (END1000) is effective at promoting a balance between LDL and HDL cholesterols. Take 400mg- 500mg 2 times daily

  • Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) lowers LDL and raises HDL Cholesterol (VTN2541) Use 1-2 200mg 2 times per day

  • Red yeast rice extract (NOW0001) 1,200 mg 2 times per day. Do not use this supplement if you are taking a statin (prescription medication for lowering cholesterol).

  • Policosanol: (PEC3000) Take 10 mg daily

  • Fish oil (NNL1215) 2,000 to 6,000 mg daily.
    Nordic Naturals Pro Omega LDL combines fish oil with Red Yeast Rice and Co Enzyme Q 10 (NNL1321).

  • Use Perfect Pass Prebiotics (PSN1000) and Perfect Pass Probiotics (PSN2000) to encourage maximum absorption of your nutrients

  • Coenzyme Q 10 (GAN1214). 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.

  • Antioxidants (GAN1420). These include garlic, Vitamins A,C,E, the mineral selenium (CVR0329).

  • Maintain a level of physical activity that keeps you fit.

  • Limit foods high in calories and low in nutrition (soda and candy).

  • Add foods high in soluble fiber - grains, oats, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

  • 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 (PSN4010), added to a smoothie or Immune Support Capsules (PSN4000) are good options. The formula is made up of an ideal ratio of nutrients.

  • Eating foods and drinks with added phytosterols (plant stanols and sterols).

 

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