Thursday, February 17, 2011

Statin Alternatives

Posted by e-Medical PPT | Thursday, February 17, 2011 | Category: |

We all need cholesterol. It helps in the production of hormones and vitamin D and plays a crucial role in the production of bile acids needed to break down fats and digest food.To stay healthy it is recommended to keep cholesterol level at or below 200 mg/DL.If you're one of them, chances are your doctor has prescribed—or offered to, anyway-a cholesterol-lowering medication in the statin family.Statins slow down the production of cholesterol and increase the liver’s ability to remove LDL cholesterol. But statins also come with a slew of side effects, including muscle pain and soreness, digestive problems, skin rashes and even liver damage.

Is the benefit worth the risk? Before you fill your prescription, consider opting for a cholesterol-lowering supplement which, combined with exercise and a healthy diet, can help you keep choolesterol under control.Here a short list of the best cholesterol-lowering supplements.

1. Niacin
Niacin, a B vitamin, gathers extra LDL cholesterol in your blood and delivers it to your liver for disposal.
Take up to two gram a day of an extended-release formula, but talk to your doctor to determine the optimal dose for you. People with liver disease should avoid this one.

2.Read yeast rice extract
This byproduce of fermented and cooked rice contains monacolin K, a natural substand known to inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. "Since mutiple studies have shown efficacy, red yeast rice is a good first-choice supplement to discuss with your doctor.

3. Psyllium
Packed with soluble fiber and commonly used to treat constipation, psyllium reduces cholesterol absoption in the intesting. Studies show that taking 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber a day can lower LDL by 5 percent.Take five grams of psyllium seed husk (about a tesspoon) twice a day in a full glass of water. Supplemental fiber may affect the absorption of other oral medications, so ingest them at least two hours apart.

4. Soy protein isolate
Though researchers aren't quite sure why it works, Studies have shown that soy intake can decrease LDL by 12 percent and triglycerides by 10 percent. If you don't like soy-rich foods like miso, soy flour, tempeh and soymilk, try hiding a daily dos of a low-sugar supplemental soy protein in a yummy fruit smoothie.

5. Omega-3 fish oil
While fish oil has been touted as a panacea for everything from depression to ulcers, researches found that it also regulates cholesterol. " Fish oils can decrease triglycerides and LDL and increase HDL, in part by reducing liver production and the relase of VLDL.

6. Artichoke extract
Artichoke extract works by increasing bile production in the liver, which in turn increases cholesterol excretion—meaning that any excess is eliminated rather than absorbed. " Artichoke extract is an exciting complementary therapy for the prevention and treatment of arteriosclerosis and cornoary heart disease.

Currently have 3 comments:

  1. I would eat soy, but I can't seem to find anything that asserts it's non-GMO. Competing imperatives.

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