The most important approach to lowering high cholesterol is a healthy lifestyle
and diet. This ideal, however, does not work for everyone and medication or herbal
supplementation is indicated. Many cholesterol lowering medications are toxic
to the liver, and may be carcinogenic (cause cancer). The M.D. Healthline
Complete Cholesterol Formula
supports healthy cholesterol levels without
the side effects of many prescription medications. Clinical studies have shown
that the unique ingredients found in the Complete Cholesterol Formula
support healthy cholesterol levels.
Guggulipids – are derived from the mixture of ketonic
steroids from the gum oleoresin of Commiphora mukul, and is an approved treatment
of hyperlipidemia in India. It is a mainstay of Ayurvedic herbal approaches
in preventing atherosclerosis. Clinical studies indicate it to be effective
in the treatment of elevated cholesterol and elevated triglyceride levels.
Garlic - has been demonstrated in over thirty-two human studies
to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically LDL. In addition it has been
found to be a natural blood thinner and helps prevent the formation of blood
clots, thus offering protection against heart attacks and strokes.
Chromium- is an essential trace mineral that helps the body
maintain normal blood sugar levels while also aiding in maintaining healthy
levels of HDL. Most people eat less than the U.S. National Academy of Science’s
recommendation of 50 to 200 mcg per day, therefore chromium supplementation
is most often beneficial.
Oat Bran- the Food and Drug Administration announced that
claims may be made that oats reduce the risk of heart attack provided they are
part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
Inositol-Hexaniacinate- is a form of Vitamin B-3. It assists
in the breakdown and utilization of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It also
reduces serum lipids. Unlike niacin which may cause flushing, headaches, and
stomachaches, Inositol-Hexaniacinate is almost always safe although some rare
liver problems have occurred at amounts in excess of 1,000 mg per day.
Soy Phytosterol Complex – Beta-sitosterol, Campesterol,
Stigmasterol & Fucosterol have been demonstrated to reduce blood
levels of cholesterol with no significant side effects or interactions. Phytosterols
are vegetable counterparts of cholesterol. Phytosterols are found in a variety
of vegetables, including grains, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Scientific research
has shown that phytosterols interfere with cholesterol absorption and prevent
the rise in serum cholesterol. Clinical trials with humans demonstrated that
eating phytosterols reduced serum cholesterol levels. Studies indicate that
Phytosterols may also reduce serum cholesterol by inhibiting the intestinal
reabsorption of circulating cholesterol.
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