Cholesterol-Busting Supplements

If your cholesterol is over 300, you’ll want to add the following vitamins and minerals to your regimen for six months.  Most of these essential nutrients are antioxidants that help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels.

  • Vitamin C: 1, 000 mg three times daily. If this high dose gives you diarrhea, back off the dose until it goes away.
  • Magnesium: 300 mg daily
  • Calcium: 200 mg daily
  • Copper: 2 to 3 mg daily
  • Vitamin E: 400 IU (Total 800 IU daily). In one study, ingesting this amount daily caused a 26% reduction in LDL cholesterol production.
  • Psyllium: 1 to 2 teaspoons a day. Be sure to drink eight glasses of water a day, too!
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC): 500 mg three times a day. This will help raise your glutathione levels, which will support your liver so it can more efficiently excrete cholesterol.
  • Green tea: The active beneficial ingredients in green tea are called polyphenols, substances that act as antioxidants, neutralize harmful fats and oils, strengthen the liver, and lower LDL cholesterol while raising HDL levels. You can either drink green tea or take it in a concentrated form as a supplement.
  • PCOs or proanthocyanidins: PCOs (grapeseed extract, for example) work specifically to stop “bad” cholesterol from forming and sticking to artery walls.
  • Cayenne: This spice lowers cholesterol. Take a daily supplement of cayenne in capsules, or use it liberally on your food.
  • Curry: Another spice that lowers cholesterol.
  • Guggul: Taking this is a new but old way to lower cholesterol. Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient form of healing from India that relies largely on dividing people into body and personality types, and then prescribing a variety of treatmetns that include plant medicines. One of the best known Ayurvedic medicines is called guggul, a plant traditionally used mainly to treat arthritis and obesity. Studies have shown that guggul significantly reduces cholesterol levels without side effects.
  • Red Yeast Rice: This is actually an ancient Chinese condiment made from specially fermented rice. The reaction between the rice and the yeasts used for fermentation yields natural statin substances. Red yeast rice has been used safely to strengthen circulation and help digestion in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Several studies have found that red yeast rices lowers blood cholesterol levels.
  • Policosanol: Supplements containing this substance have been found to work well to balance cholesterol counts. It has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels by up to 20%, and it raises HDL by an average of 10% – without the side effects caused by statins. In one study, researchers enlisted 244 menopausal women for whom six weeks on a conventional cholesterol-lowering diet did no good. The women were given either a placebo pill or 5mg of policosanol each day for 12 weeks. The women given policosanol were then given 10mg for 12 more weeks. By the end of the study, the policosanol users had some amazing changes in their cholesterol levels: their LDL fell by 25.2%, their total cholesterol fell by 16.7%, and their ratio of total cholesterol to HDL fell by 27.2%!

From: Prescription Alternatives, Third Edition : Hundreds of Safe, Natural Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health

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