How to Lower Your Cholesterol and Triglycerides Without 'Lipitor' or...

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Two very helpful supplementals to help lower cholestrol and triglycerides when needed.
Two very helpful supplementals to help lower cholestrol and triglycerides when needed.

Red yeast rice and Inositol hexaniacinate? What are they?

OK, I'm not picking on just Lipitor. Just dump 'them all' in the soap-box, er, basket. Let's examine some reasons why you may.

And it is necessary to add this Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to be used as medical advice nor treatment, and any choice you make to treat your own situation, is your right as a responsible person. These statements are not approved by the FDA nor any government organization, but are given as a right to free speech for informational purposes only. Any results from your choice are your own responsibility. I must advise you to please see your physician before attempting any self-treatment.

Red yeast rice is a fermented supplement first widely used in Japan with the combination of niacin to lower high cholesterol levels. Inositol hexaniacinate is a particular form of niacin that does not cause stress to the liver as some forms of niacin may, nor does it cause the flushing skin reaction of many types of niacin. It's success is so evident that is being prescribed here, and that is a vital necessity if you are on a statin.

Naturopathic practice has a good answer for this mass media publicized condition of high cholesterol. But first it needs to be submitted that continuing research seems to indicate that cholesterol is not the major factor in causing heart attacks and vascular problems. Rather, the major causitive problem lies more in consistent bodily ph acidic ranges and in excessive homocysteine levels.

Both of these situations are simple to control. Naturally. Red yeast rice and Inositol hexaniacinate in combination act to lower LDL and some HDL, and triglyceride levels. If your HDL type is high you probably need to lower it some, and that is a probable indicator that your liver needs some tuning up too. Dandelion and milk thistle extracts are excellent for assisting your liver health. Omega 3 oils, mainly from certain fish, help control the inflammatory actions.

Our body ph moves toward acidity whenever we eat protein or sugar, caffeine, hydrogenated products such as margarine, artificial sweeteners, MSG, alcohol, junk foods. It moves toward alkalinity when we ingest low starchy vegetables, particularly raw ones. Other environmental factors affect our ph and thus our body is constantly striving to maintain a balanced ph between about 6 -7.5 ph. If enough alkaline foods are not ingested, the body has to borrow basic minerals from the bones and organs, stressing our whole system. There are products available to neutralize high acidity but why not gain that effect with nutritional foods?

Homocysteine is a destructive sulfur-containing amino acid produced in the body from the ingestion of meat and to some extent other non-vegan proteins. Though its importance has not yet been fully accepted by the American Heart Association, (This is still reported on its website as of May 2, 2009.) many medical affiliates have realized that clinical studies increasingly point to a dramatic interaction with high homocysteine levels and stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis, excessive clot formation, erectile dysfunction, dementia, and renal disease: All those increasing debilities known as 'aging'.

Other continuing research suggests a possible link between high homocysteine levels and Alzheimers. The Life Extension Foundation has updated information regarding homocysteine on its site as do many other progressive institutions, and online sites as at WebMd. There is a low incidence of genetically induced high homocysteine producers within the population, as discovered by Dr. Kilmer McCulley in 1969. But generally, testing for high homocysteine levels is expensive, though it may be requested to be added to other prescribed blood tests and obtain laboratory discounts.

The stated resolution to reducing the incidence levels of homocysteine is simple, even when continuing to eat reasonably nutritionally for we do require protein sustinance. The interaction of vitamin B12, folic acid and vitamin B6 works to decrease the homocysteine levels but must be taken on a consistent basis as the B vitamins are not warehoused in the body. The normal gut absorption of B12 decreases with increasing age. This particular vitamin should be taken either by injection (requires prescription) or by sublingual tablets which are absorbed under the tongue directly into the blood stream. These do not require a prescription.

Cyanocobalamin is often chosen for this and is fine, but the methylcobalamin type is what the cells must actually uptake, and this will work perhaps a little better for some, as it will have direct cellular uptake. The cyanocobalamin goes through a normal process to be utilized however, and is less costly. Neither of these products are expensive, though the methyl type is a bit more. There are also sub-lingual types of vitamin B6, but the tiny tablet or capsule is fairly tasteless and may be chewed or swallowed just fine for absorption if desired.. Folic acid in pill or capsule is also easily absorbed, though tasteless if chewed.

In major published media, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, it hits you in the face: Lower your cholesterol to prevent having a heart attack. Take 'this drug' and be safe(r). But it's ok to loose your memory, or cause liver damage, or get headaches, diarrhea, impotence, spend your money, get mad at your doctor, ruin your muscles, ruin your jaw, yell at the dog and a whole lot more. The advertisements insist you must take their drug, even may offer a 'free trial', "Go ask your doctor for it!", they insist. Take our pill and...just do it, do it.

But I say, "No, thanks." Naturopathic practitioners, whether physician or user, and a few orthodox medical practitioners tend to believe that the increasingly lowered levels suggested necessary by the drug manufacturers (yes, them) are becoming too low for vascular and cellular health, and including normal hormonal productions in the body.

Our body needs cholesterol for vessel repair, for hormone production, and when diminished to excessively low levels may indeed be a part of the causative agent for having a heart attack! Or stroke! That is both bad and good news. Bad because that is bad and good because something simple can be done about it. Yes, there are simple, non-invasive methods of assisting your body to maintain its healthy cholesterol and homocyestine levels when you know how to take what your body is asking for. Replace what is lacking in your chemical/nutritional makeup and your body will begin to heal itself. Give your cells the food they require to grow and repair into healthy systems!

Often in orthodox cholesterol treatment - and uneducated self treatment too - the HDL type is taken too low. An HDL that is quite below a fairly reasonable LDL or that is less than around 60 according to some naturopathic physicians may put one at risk for heart attack or stroke because the cholesterol is not sufficient for repair of vascular wounds. Some few practioners, in defiance of the drug manufacturers suggestions, believe according to ongoing scientific research that the total cholesterol should not be lower than about 185 for those above/about sixty-five years, of course depending on your general health and according to knowledge about your personal history.  One's individual physical history must be taken into account when measuring/changing the acceptance of lab numbers.

While the statins or statin type products do lower LDL, they also lower the HDL which is the good cholesterol. If the HDL is vastly low, again that speaks to the liver needing some nutritional supplementation. The liver is our 'trash cleaning' system and sometimes it needs cleaning help itself. Both dandelion and milk thistle teas are rather tasty, but teas alone are not enough if the liver is full of the environmental negatives from societal and personal onslaught.Those two extracts combined or alone, are known to be two of the best liver supportive products available. An extract of milk thistle is marketed as silimarin or sylibum.

CoQ10 is vital if you take a statin or any cholesterol lowering supplement!

This is a well absorbed liquid CoQ10, and a tiny pill type, low dose but convenient to carry in purse.
This is a well absorbed liquid CoQ10, and a tiny pill type, low dose but convenient to carry in purse.

Further educational tips, and important to remember!

Whenever anyone takes a statin drug (like Lipitor, etc.) it is essential that CoQ10 be taken! It should be noted that Red Rice Yeast acts similarly to a statin i.e. without most or any of the side effects of statin prescriptions, and CoQ10 should always be taken with it too. CoQ1o is an enzyme type chemical actually produced in small amounts in the body but all statin drugs decrease the amount of CoQ10. The heart has a high demand for CoQ10 as one of the properties of this enzyme is to facilitate the vital exchange of cellular oxygen use in the muscles and the heart is a muscle! There are currently a few prescription statin drugs on the market that have now added some CoQ10 within the statin pill. Bravo!

A general dose of the CoQ10 is 200 mg in the morning hours and if deemed needed another 100 mg or more at noon. It is a more expensive supplement and you could take much more than that minimum dose suggested which could be assistive for some asthmatic or COPD conditions. There are pills, capsules, liquids, gels in varying potencies and greatly varying prices. This is a non-prescription product and found at drug stores, health and grocery stores, online, etc.

I have obtained a liquid type of a newer liposomal CoQ10 in a 15 mg dose at eBay, but it is considered an enhanced absorbable hydrosoluable and takes less to equal the dose needed. It is stated it can be put in juice or milk as it does have a slightly acrid taste, but I do not mind the taste and just take it straight. This particular brand is distributed by Tishcon Corp and costs around $35 dollars if you get it on a good sale. It pays to shop around. I have also bought it on Amazon.com.

 

APPLE PECTIN is a good fiberous agent and helps absorb and eliminate various toxins from the intestinal system. This MULTI-ENZYME is a capsule and one of my favorite supplements.
APPLE PECTIN is a good fiberous agent and helps absorb and eliminate various toxins from the intestinal system. This MULTI-ENZYME is a capsule and one of my favorite supplements.

Learn to replace what your body lacks and it can make a big positive difference in your health issues.

Inositol hexaniacinate is a form of niacin that does not make you flush uncomfortably and will help hold or bring down your triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a product of animal and plant fats and oils that adversely affect us if excessively consumed. The niacin helps reduce this damage, i.e. inflammation, as does the intake of more Omega 3 oils, (i.e. fish oils) in waylaying the activity of excessive fats and oils and hydrogenated products and trans-fats which are so predominent in our diet.

Hydrogenated products and trans-fats are enemies of our whole-system health and should be eliminated as much as possible for they too are causes of adverse inflammatory processes! These include margarine, artificial whipped cream, coffee creamer powders, trans-fats, and are additives in many, many products of processed foods. When you do choose to eat 'some' take a good digestive enzyme combination, vitamin C and vitamin E along with it, and that digestive and antioxidant process will somewhat help decrease the damage.

These three can be a lifesaver, though not candy!
These three can be a lifesaver, though not candy!

In case you are wondering.

I personally lowered my total cholesterol from 238 to 190 in about four months with HDL and LDL being compatible levels without changing my diet. I still eat a lot of 'natural' eggs, red meat and cheese.

My protocol was taking two capsules of Red Yeast Rice in morning and at noon two days a week, and one in morning and one at night the other days. I also took 500mg of Inositol hexaniacinate in morning and night, every day. My triglycerides are excellent. I now take one Red Yeast Rice daily nearly every day with the niacin. I always take CoQ10 daily and often with an extra noon dose. I have recently added cholecalciferol (absorbable vitamin D) due to my insuffient sunshine exposure. But that is another expedition.

For your acceptance, real eggs are good for you - excellent protein, and the cholesterol they contain is the 'good' kind, more so if they are 'natural', i.e. cage free and eat bugs. I do mean the chickens eat the bugs...gimme them good farm chicken eggs! ( Bugs and all.)

Wishing you eggs and bacon for breakfast, with green tea and a whole grain bagel! And by the way put some lecithin in your orange juice - or even on your bagel. That helps too!

Above all, know your own personal health profile and requirements and work with the ever-ongoing developments of medical science to assure yourself of the best health measures for your own body - educate yourself about yourself!

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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Very interesting and informative. I have also read about eating oatmeal everyday as a way of reducing cholesterol naturally. What do you think of that? My husband is on statins and since his doc has prescribed it, he insists that the doc should know better. All the articles that I show him doesn't do any good. :(


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

My husband eats oatmeal everyday and it doesn't seem to have done anything we can tell - he too is on statins, but does take the CoQ10. Your husband must also, please, as it is a necessary - vital- thing to prevent muscular weakness, which can be a side effect of statins - at least in part due to decreasing CoQ10. Best wishes, and thank you for your comments, concern.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

lovezan, thanks for your comment. Hope you explore the area more for information if you ever need it. It is becoming ever more popular to try to level cholesterol with natural products, just because of the known side effects of the other statins. Thank You!


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JadedPoet 7 years ago from Chillicothe MO

I am very anti-statin drug, and about to insist my doctor takes me off of them. I have felt much worse since taking them. I do take the niacin and the coQ-10. Thanks for some good information.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

JadedPoet, I have a brother and a friend who went off statins and started the RYR/niacin. Against their doctor's wishes I might add. They both seem to be doing fine, cholesterol down to good levels.

Don't forget the 3B vitamins, and the CoQ10 NOW and later. You might ask your doctor to help you wean off the statin while going onto the RYR program. He just might help! Best Wishes and thanks for posting too.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I have normal cholesterol levels, but I've been taking organic garlic pills regularly. Garlic is known to help lower cholesterol levels. I like the other effects of the garlic pills, too. My sinuses have cleared and I've lost some body fat. :)


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Fantastic for you Susan Ng, so keep up the good work. I do take odorless garlic regularly for several reasons, and perhaps that is a part of my good 'levels'. It does help lower cholesterol, is a fungal and bacterial fighter too - but I haven't lost that round thing across my middle yet....maybe the French Toast??? Thanks for your good comment!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Thanks. :) Now I'm afraid to try your French toast. Haha, kidding! :D


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Com'n Susan Ng, you could sare it with your kittycats and they would love it with you! Best wishes!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Haha! I bet they would, but I've put them on diets, too! Haha! :D


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mailxpress 7 years ago from New York

What a Hub filled with much information I never knew about. Very informative especially to someone who has to keep an eye on her cholesterol.

I put together a Hub about cholesterol. Take a look and hope it helps.

http://hubpages.com/health/NaturallyLowerCholester

I also like the way you explain And it is necessary to add this Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to be used as medical advice nor treatment, and any choice you make to treat your own situation, is your right as a responsible person. And so on...

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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

mailexpress, great work, as you stated on your hub! Keep it up! And..yes, we can only express our opinion/experiences and NOT give medical advice. Thanks for sharing your good story!


How to lower cholesterol naturally 7 years ago

this is the kind of advise I would advocate.

Good info


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Just got back from my Dr today, and my cholesterol are way up high. I will have to explore these natural ways to lower it. I will send this to my husband who watches over my health. Thanks for this very informative hub!


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

IslandVoice, thank you for your concern and commenting. You are wise to seek good natural ways to keep your levels in acceptable limits. Best wishes and keep us posted too!


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Uh oh...by the end of this month, we are due for our tests. To health and wellness! I say it again, to health! Hahahahahah great hub frogyfish! I will share this hub to my parents who are taking lipitor :)


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

ripplemaker, best wishes and good luck with sharing the info - the doctor will likely tell them 'No!' and that is too bad. My husband successfully moved from Lipitor to the RRyeast and hexa/niacinamide. I still take low doses of each and my cholesterol is great - and I eat lots of eggs, cheese and much red meat. Thank you for commenting, and again, best wishes!


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John Cain 6 years ago from Dayton, Texas

I have a question. I had a stroke during hurricane Ike. All my levels are good except for what thet call the (good) cholesterol. Will this suppliment raise my good cholesterol? Mine is so low that the doc says its in the danger range. Thanks for stopping by and for being a follower. I am honored to be yours also.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

John, I'm not a professional medical person, but no, these particular supplements will not help you there. They assist greatly in lowering the LDL but do also lower somewhat the HDL, as do all statins. Please research my statement now for yourself, but I have read that usually a too low HDL needs assistance from liver support, and in that gradual healing/cleansing, the body will produce more proper HDL. The liver is a magnificant self-regenerating organ and two 'experienced' supplements to assist liver detox are dandelion and milk thistle. I would like you to learn about these and make a good choice to help yourself bounce back to better health. Very best wishes to you, and please keep us posted on your results.

Additionally, our bodies NEED HDL to make various hormones and chemical reactions in the body and when it is insufficient there is more tendency to either stroke or heart attack. Cellular Ph is also important in these factors.


Bill 6 years ago

To reduce all levels eat whole foods cut out processed and bleached white foods rice bread etc.take all the b vitamins plant sterols and slow niacin take it at night if you start to flush take a baby asprin along with it it will stop the flushing of course try to walk at least 30 min everyday movement is life if ya sit in front of aTV or pc all day all the time you will hurt more than help


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Bill - your factual comment should be observed by us all!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very interesting article! Thanks!


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Readme for Balance, thank you so much for your extensive comment! I did correct my error indicating 'HDL' instead of 'total cholesterol' as you pointed out.

I appreciate your opinion, but do still believe that the total cholesterol numbers for most 65+ seniors should be around 200+ -. There is continuing research and acceptance that a total cholesterol for the older population is more protective of the heart if it is in that range. It is true that LDL/HDL ratios are different for males and females, though I do not specifically address that. Again, I would refer those with questions to sites like webmd.com, the-natural-path or all-about-lowering-cholesterol.com, and most of all an up-to-date-open-minded personal physician. Thanks again for your concern to comment and make correction!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great truths to live by. Thank you for sharing this great wealth of information here at HUbpages. Blessings to you and best regards.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

cristina327, thank you for stopping by and sharing. Blessings right back atcha too! :-)


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lotuslove19 5 years ago

Frogyfish,Your hub is really full of great information I really loved it.But are you aware that prayanam and yoga do wonder to level your cholesterols. I do prayanam and yoga and have flaxseed capsules to keep my self fit, during my menopause I too faced rise in bad cholesterol,but within few months I was fine back to normal.Today my very first thing to be done is doing yoga ,so that I can stay away from all those medicines and keep fit .


Darvocet Lawsuit 5 years ago

Gee! Thanks a lot, i dropped here. My mom was prescribed with Lipitor for her heart problem. This one is such a nice hub ever. Very much informative. Thanks for sharing frogyfish.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

lotuslove19, I have read that yoga can help level the colesterol but do not know of the prayanam. Yes the flaxseed caps - as well as fish oil in some people - can definitely make a good difference. Thank you for your tips!

Darvocet, thank you for dropping by. Perhaps your Mom could consider adding some anti-oxidants to her medication under the physician's directions. That might surely help her. Best wishes.


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lotuslove19 5 years ago

frogyfish ,thanks for your appreciation to my tips ,I consider writing things that has shown results ,so that other may benefit from it with surety .


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

lotuslove19, thank you for visiting and sharing. I am sure others delight in your special care!


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

This is a wonderful, helpful, useful and informative piece. Quite interesting! Well written too. You ve my votes


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Thank you ubanichijioke! Very much!


anand joshi 4 years ago

wonderful n great information


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

anand joshi, thank you for visiting and making a comment of value! Best wishes to you.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Frogyfish...This is filled with information which is of particular interest to our family. I was on lipitor years back but have been taking resveratol for my cholesterol issues and have seen remarkable results. I will explore the information you have shared. It looks as if I may be adding the inositol hex (abbrevaited) to my daily doses. I appreciate all of this detail.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Best wishes with your health, pstraubie48. You may have to work with dosages, but the 'dual combo' really does work for many! Glad you found something to interest you and hope it makes a positive difference in your life! Don't forget the CoQ10 too!


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Conservative Lady 3 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

What a useful and informative hub. I have taken statins in the past and suffered severe muscle pains and weakness. I eventually quit them all as the side effects were intolerable. I too take Co Q10 and recommend it to anyone with any type of circulation deficiency. It is a wonderful supplement. Sounds like I need to go out and get some Red Yeast Rice and Japanese Niacin and give those a try. Voted Up, useful and interesting.


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frogyfish 3 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Conservative Lady, glad you picked up some self-help hints. And as you know, that CoQ10 is vital for our muscles - including the heart! Thank you for commenting here.


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Lindagdd 2 years ago from California

My grandfather had high cholesterol. Doctor prescribed lipitor for him.it is the first time im reading articles on hub pages.very informative. Thank you


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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Lindagdd, thank you for visiting here, and leaving a comment. Please do not be a stranger, but even join us!


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Nothing like some personal experience to teach convincing lessons! Lots of food for thought here. Glad you've had success and that you shared what works for you with others!

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