Cholesterol Lowering Supplements

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Supplements to Lower Cholesterol

Lower Cholesterol With The Right Supplements

Taking supplements to lower cholesterol should not be a substitute for seeing your doctor. If you are on medication don’t stop. Knowing the right type of supplements can lower and even prevent high cholesterol known as bad or LDL. In many cases medication is lowered or cut back completely.

It is important to keep you LDL cholesterol level down to prevent a heart attack or stroke. It is good to get your cholesterol checked regularly and to know what a good cholesterol score is. Total score should be under 200. The score for the LDL (bad) cholesterol is desirable when it is between 100-129 mg/dL. A score under 100 mg/dL is considered optimal. Where as the HDL (good) cholesterol is better to get the score up and exercise is the best way to do this. A good cholesterol score for HDL is 60 mg/dL or better.

Triglycerides are the third part of Cholesterol. What are triglycerides? This is a type of fat often increased by sweets and alcohol. Present in blood plasma and, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids. Calories ingested in a meal and not used immediately by tissues are converted to triglycerides and transported to fat cells to be stored. Hormones regulate the release of triglycerides from fat tissue so they meet the body's needs for energy between meals. Excess amount of triglycerides in plasma is linked to the occurrence of coronary artery disease in some people and diabetes. A safe level for triglycerides is less than 150 mg/dL

Along with diet, exercise and supplements to lower cholesterol have shown significant improvement.

Garlic for Your Health

Cholesterol Lowering Supplements

All these listed may reduce total cholesterol and LDL, or "bad," cholesterol.

Artichoke leaf extract

Artichoke leaf extract (1,800 to 1,920 milligrams a day, divided into 2 to 3 doses) Benefits have shown to improve on digestion, liver function, lower cholesterol levels, indigestion, irritable bowl syndrome, and prevent heart disease. For treating high cholesterol, artichoke leaf extract may work by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol.

Source Naturals Artichoke Extract

Source Naturals Artichoke Extract 500mg, 180 Tablets
Source Naturals Artichoke Extract 500mg, 180 Tablets

Product Description

Dietary supplement. Promotes fat digestion and metabolism. Artichoke extract stimulates bile production, promoting fat digestion and metabolism. By stimulating bile, it supports liver and gallbladder function and may help relieve occasional indigestion. Medical experts theorize that it may also inhibit activity of the cholesterol production enzyme HMG CoA Reductase to balance LDL cholesterol and triglyceride production in the liver for cardiovascular support. Source Naturals Artichoke Extract 500 is standardized to 5% cynarin and 15% chlorogenic acids for maximum potency (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease). Suitable for vegetarians. Contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance.

 

Barely Extract

Barley (3 grams barley oil extract or 30 grams barley bran flour a day). the Food and Drug Administration on December 23, 2005, announced that whole grain barley and barley-containing products are allowed to claim that it reduces reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Whole and dry milled barley products such have shown this claim on many products. Including: cereal flakes, grits, flour, meal, and barley meal bearing. Soluble fiber from foods as part of a diet low in

saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Barley may increase the intestinal fluid viscosity. The increased viscosity slows down the diffusion process decreases cholesterol absorption but increases cholesterol excretion.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

Pure Synergy Organics Barley Grass Juice Powder USA 5.3oz 100% Certified Organic by The Synergy Company
Pure Synergy Organics Barley Grass Juice Powder USA 5.3oz 100% Certified Organic by The Synergy Company

Ingredients

Our barley grass juice powder is 100% pure organic barley grass juice with nothing else added. Just after being harvested from organic farmlands, our barley grass is cold washed and juiced. Because its fresh from the field, all the nutrients and goodies needed to benefit your health are fully captured. Cold-pressed juicing protects the nutrients and makes it super-easy for your body to digest and absorb. Unlike other products that are heat dried and/or loaded with fillers, carriers and additives, our juicing and low-temp drying process gives you just pure juice in a powder form. Because we put so much care into every step of our ingredients - from seed to harvest to our final cold milling into a fine powder, they're a snap to use. Readily dissolves into juice or water; or add to your smoothie or favorite recipe. Fresh, Pure and Simple!

 

Beta-sitosterol

Beta-sitosterol (800 milligrams to 6 grams a day, divided and taken before meals). Primarily used for treating high cholesterol and an enlarged prostate, there appear to be other potential benefits of beta-sitosterol. Some people take the plant sterol to enhance sexual performance, boost the immune system, and treat asthma; there is little scientific evidence to support these uses. The health benefits so not seem to affect children. Little evidence has been shown for other treatments, but some claim that it works for treating gallstones, enhancing sexual performance, boosting the immune system, treating the common cold and flu, treating asthma, relieving menopause symptoms, helping with hair loss or baldness.

Blond Psyllium

Blond Psyllium (5 grams seed husk twice a day). Fenugreek seeds contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (a compound that has properties similar to estrogen). Help increase libido and lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS. Countries of China and India has also have used this to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels. May also be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Psyllium Husk Capsules

NOW Foods Psyllium Husk 500mg, 500 Vcaps
NOW Foods Psyllium Husk 500mg, 500 Vcaps

Product Description

Psyllium Husk 500mg 500 Capsule Product Surveys have shown that the fiber content of the American diet is typically about half of government recommended levels. Psyllium Husks can be a convenient way to increase the intake of dietary fiber. It has the ability to swell up to 50 times its initial volume when added to liquid. This bulking action can play an important role in maintaining regularity and gastrointestinal health. Excellent Source of Soluble Fiber Helps Maintain Regularity Suggested Use As a dietary supplement take 3 capsules with an 8 oz. glass of liquid twice a day - Or as directed by your healthcare professional. Supplement Facts Serving Size 3 Capsules Servings Per Container 166 Amount Per Serving Daily Value Calories 6 Total Carbohydrates 1.3 g 1 Dietary Fiber 1.1 g 4 Psyllium Husk Powder (Plantago asiatica) (Seed) 1.5 g (1 500 mg) Percent Daily Values are based on a 2 000 calorie diet.

 

Garlic extract

Garlic extract (600 to 1,200 milligrams a day, divided into 3 doses). Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. It has the ability to enhance the body's immune cell activity. Garlic tablets have been promoted for years to help lower high blood pressure. Garlic has germanium in it, an anti-cancer agent. In lab tests, mice fed garlic showed no cancer development, whereas mice that weren't fed garlic showed at least some form of tumor growth. It has yet to be tried and studied in humans.

Nature's Bounty Odorless Garlic Softgels

Nature's Bounty Garlic 1000 mg, 100 Reduced Odor Softgels (Pack of 3)
Nature's Bounty Garlic 1000 mg, 100 Reduced Odor Softgels (Pack of 3)

Product Description

Garlic promotes heart and cardiovascular health and helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range. Garlic also contains beneficial antioxidant properties. Our specialized cold processing method preserves the natural goodness while reducing the odor.

 

Ginseng

Ginseng (suggested around 400 mg). Ginseng used to simulate the mind and help with memory improvement. Ginseng is can alleviate some major effects of aging, such as degeneration of the blood system, and increase mental and physical capacity. It appears to help people with lowering the bad cholesterol and helping with diabetes. At the University of Toronto in March 2000, a study showed that ginseng could lower blood sugar 20% more than placebo.

American Ginseng Capsules

NOW Foods American Ginseng, 100 Capsules, 500 mg
NOW Foods American Ginseng, 100 Capsules, 500 mg

Derived from 4 to 5 year-old high quality cultivated Wisconsin (USA) ginseng roots.

 

Green Tea Extract

Green Tea Extract (shown to improve the overall cholesterol). Besides helping in lowering cholesterol, green tea has shown to be a stronger antioxidant protection for the human body than vitamin C and vitamin E. The extracts of green tea have a wide-ranged anti-inflammatory characteristics and effective in oral hygiene maintenance.

Green Tea Extract Capsules

Now Foods Green Tea Extract 400 mg, 250 Gelatin Capsules
Now Foods Green Tea Extract 400 mg, 250 Gelatin Capsules

Product Description

Green Tea 400 mg by Now Foods 250 Capsule Antioxidant Protection 400 mg Standardized Extract 40 Catechins 60 Polyphenols Powerful Free Radical Scavenger NOW Green Tea Extract offers a convenient way to obtain the active constituents of Green Tea in a concentrated form. Green Tea Extract contains numerous compounds including Polyphenols and Catechins that provide potent antioxidant benefits. The free radical scavenging properties of Green Tea Extract act through multiple mechanisms to support overall health and well-being. Nutrition Info Serving Size 1 Capsule Amount Per Serving Daily Value Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 60 mg 100 Green Tea Extract ( Camellia sinensis ) (Leaf) 400 mg (Standardized Extract) (Contains 16 mg of Caffeine) (min. 40 Catechins and 60 Polyphenols) Percent Daily Values are based on 2 000 calorie diet. Daily Value not established. Details Serving Size 1 Capsule Suggested Usage As a dietary supplement take 1 capsule 1 to 2 times daily.

 

Guggulipid Extract

Guggulipid Extract (50 mg). Guggulipid extract can help boost the immune system and promote overall health. Guggulipid is derived from the resin of the mukul myrrh tree, native to India. The resin of Guggulipid has been used for centuries to treat the reduce inflammation of arthritis and obesity. Research results suggest that the extract can help lower levels of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood while raising the “good” (HDL).

Pure Guggul Extract Capsules

Nutrigold Guggul Gold, 350 mg, 120 veg. capsules
Nutrigold Guggul Gold, 350 mg, 120 veg. capsules

Product Description

Guggul is a gummy, yellowish oleo-resin that is secreted from the cracks of a small, thorny tree native to India called Commiphora mukul. Guggul is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that has been used historically for centuries to support cardiovascular health. Guggul is believed to belong the the class of herbs that delivers a wide range of therapeutic benefits and is increasingly becoming popular because of its ability to support cholesterol synthesis and overall cardiovascular health. The active ingredients in Guggul GOLDTM are called Guggulsterones, the most notable among which are Guggulsterones Z & E. While a number of Guggul products claim to be standardized to contains a certain percentage of guggulsterones, it is important to remember that it is the specific Z & E guggulsterones that have been clinically validated to deliver cardiovascular benefits. Other Guggul products may contain higher amounts of TOTAL Guggulsterones, but only Guggul GoldTM is guaranteed to deliver the therapeutic amount of the SPECIFIC Z & E guggulsterones for cholesterol support.* Guggul GOLDTM is verified free of egg, milk, peanut, shellfish, soy and wheat by an independent, third-party lab. It is also verified free of GMOs by the Non-GMO ProjectTM. Guggul GOLDTM does not contain any animal-derived ingredients and is, therefore, suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Bullets change to: The Gold Standard in pure Guggul Extracts 100% natural, certified organic extract of Guggul Standardized to contain 3% Guggulsterones Z & E (21 mg per serving) 350 mg per vegetarian capsule / 120 capsules per bottle Key Health Benefit: Supports healthy cholesterol levels, thyroid function, healthy weight, & healthy immune.

 

Oat bran

Oat bran (Up to 150 grams of whole-oat products a day). Oat bran contains B complex vitamins, protein, fat, minerals, and heart healthy soluble fiber. It may help to lower total cholesterol levels by 25 or more within one to three months. In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled oat bran to be the first cholesterol-reducing food. Oat brain helps reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Policosanol

Policosanol (pure extract of sugar cane wax, shows to also raise HDL). Policosanol increases protective HDL cholesterol levels while reducing LDL, the bad cholesterol. It has the ability to improve our blood lipid profile. Policosanol is derived from sugar cane wax and beeswax.

Policosanol

NOW Foods Policosanol 20mg Plus, 90 Vcaps
NOW Foods Policosanol 20mg Plus, 90 Vcaps

Testimonial By PBmax on July 20, 2012

My ongoing problem has been low HDL (good) and marginal total cholesterol. I like life too much to take prescription statins! I take one policosanol daily along with fish oil, flax oil, and red wine (one glass daily). Since adding the policosanol to my regimine, my total cholestoral has dropped 10 points to 153, and more significant at the same time my HDL has raised 20 points to 55. That is a very significant ratio change. My cardiologist was very happy with the numbers but still offered to put me on Crestor???

 

Red yeast rice

Red yeast rice shown to lower LDL by around 20 to 30 percent. It is also known to help in lowering blood pressure.

This was recommended to a family member from his physician to help lower his blood pressure.

Nature's Bounty Red Yeast Rice Tablets

Nature's Bounty Red Yeast Rice 600 mg, 250 Capsules
Nature's Bounty Red Yeast Rice 600 mg, 250 Capsules

From the Manufacturer

Red yeast rice has been a staple food of the traditional Chinese diet for centuries. Valued as a main food source as well as for other uses, red yeast rice can be a wonderful addition to your diet. Each capsule of Nature's Bounty Red Yeast Rice contains 600 mg of red yeast rice powder from the Chinese botanical Monascus purpureus. Each lot of red yeast rice is lab tested to confirm it meets strict quality standards.

 

More Minerals and Vitamins to Help Lower Cholesterol

Soy protein (25 grams). Besides lowering cholesterol levels, soy protein and its associated phytochemicals seem to reduce heart disease, osteoporosis and risk of cancer.

Sitostanol (800 milligrams to 4 grams a day). Sitostanol can lower blood cholesterol levels from 7 to 15 percent. Sitostanol and other sterols have a positive effect on DHT, the hormone that causes enlarged prostates and male pattern baldness.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (amount varies). Vitamin B3 is important for converting calories from protein, fat and carbohydrates into energy. It also helps the digestive system function and promotes a normal appetite and healthy skin and nerves. Vitamin B3 has shown to reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and raise HDL cholesterol.

May reduce total triglycerides:

Fish oil capsules (2 to 4 grams a day). Claims for the benefits of fish oil make it look like a miracle drug. The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in treatment of heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, muscular degeneration and ulcers. It is helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care. The presence of Omega 3 essential fatty acids is what contributes to these benefits.

Flaxseed, ground (40 to 50 grams a day). Flaxseed oil is high in Omega 3 and used to prevent and treat heart disease and to relieve a variety of inflammatory disorders and hormone-related problems, including infertility. It may help in lowering bad cholesterol and preventing heart disease.

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Do Take Supplements? 22 comments

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

great looking hub


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Fantastic hub, we all need this advise, me for sure, only only wish I enjoyed these foods...you are what you eat, I must be a hot fudge sunday...LOL


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Excellent hub, I really appreciate the recommendations since my mom has high cholesterol and cannot tolerate statan drugs, they are too harsh on her stomach. I'm going to have her try some of your suggestions.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Very nice resource, I will book mark this one.


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WannaB Writer 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

I have seen my cardiologist, and he only recommends the red yeast rice, niacin, and fish oil. We don't know yet if that will be enough without prescription drugs. He knows I don't want to take statins and he says the red yeast rice is a natural form of statins.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Love your choice of cholesterol lowering supplements--you've given such a variety and I'm glad to recognise some of them. Very nicely done.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great tips! I take a couple of these.


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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

Thanks for the tips to lower my cholesterol. Great hub!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great info on how to do it!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub with lots of information on lowering one's cholesterol. There is also another supplement that individuals might want to consider and that is reservatrol that can be found in red wine or as a supplement. This product worked well for a friend of mine. Thanks for sharing your insight. :)


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Thank you Money Glitch. I did see that about reservatrol. I will have to add that when I get back.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

garlic is great! thank you for this hub Sandy, very nice info for those who are battling high blood, and for everybody as well! Maita


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I've had a lot of luck with red yeast rice powder. It almost works as well as the statins I used to take. Great Hub, as usual.


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mulberry1 6 years ago

Garlic is something I love and use all the time. I eat oat bran and use the Benecol in the form of margarine. I wasn't too aware of most of the rest of this. Definitely good info.


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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

What a great list. I tried several of those in the past. I recently started taking 2 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (under my doctor's care) and I feel so good. My levels were quite high, and they are starting to go down. So I am sure supplements can work along with diet and exercise. Good, useful hub!


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Great article on cholesterol lowering supplements, nice presentation!


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TINA V 6 years ago

Lowering cholesterol is really important to our health. I agree with you that taking supplements is not a substitute in seeing our doctors. But it is also wise to take preventive measures. This is an informative hub.


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joecseko 6 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

This is a good hub. Garlic, however, was studied over several years in Europe by a collective of scientists. It was found to have no benefit on healthy cholesterol, nor to lower triglycerides.

Also of note, eating grapefruit or using any statin drug along with red yeast rice is potentially dangerous.

Exercise is very important, too.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

joeseko, it is interesting to note about the Europe study. Another study might say the opposite.

We should educate ourselves on what foods might be dangerous with any type of drugs that we take. Thanks for pointing that out.


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Start on healthy food to help lower cholesterol level. I like that! I'm taking Crestor 10mg. Thanks for this information on supplements.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Lita, They say that high cholesterol, diabetics and other diseases can be avoided if not reduced if we ate healthy.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Such an informative hub Sandy! Well done!

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