Cholesterol + The Scoop on Statins

//Cholesterol + The Scoop on Statins

Cholesterol + The Scoop on Statins

Cholesterol Fix (once you are high)

  • No fried foods! Cook with water. Yep.
  • No added sodium or preservatives
  • NO added sugars. Fruit only.
  • Eat sprouted oatmeal but cut out ALL other grains!
  • Add more omega 3s
    1. wild caught fish
    2. chia seeds
    3. hemp hearts
  • Add antioxidants to every meal.

The reasons behind cholesterol are sometimes deeper than imaginable… you need to alkalize and detoxify to speed up the recovery process.

  1. Superfoods
  2. Camu camu powder (1 tablespoon per day)
  3. Garlic, onions, shallots, rosemary, with EVERY meal!
  4. Quit alcohol until you are 100% good to go.
  5. Limit caffeine to 1-2 cups of coffee
  6. Essential Oils
    1. Lavender essential oil has been proven to lower cholesterol levels because it decreases emotional stress.
    2. Cypress oil lowers cholesterol because it improves circulation
    3. rosemary oil reduces cholesterol because of it’s unique anti-oxidant properties and is cardio-supportive.

Top 5 Cholesterol Lowering Natural Remedies

Taking the right supplements and natural remedies can help lower cholesterol levels when combined with a healthy diet.

#1 Fish Oil (1,000mg – 2,000 mg daily)
EPA and DHA (omega-3 fats) found in fish oil help reduce overall cholesterol levels.

#2 CoQ10 (Ubiquinol) (200-300 mg daily)
If you are on cholesterol lowering medications, take CoQ10 daily because these medications
decrease levels of this important enzyme.

#3 Niacin (1,500 mg daily)
Niacin (vitamin B3) reduces LDL cholesterol by 25% and increases good cholesterol by 35%

#4 Red Yeast Rice (1200 mg 2x daily Reduces cholesterol by up to 32%. Take with CoQ10 to
prevent deficiency.

#5 Garlic (500 mg daily)
Increases HDL cholesterol and lowers total cholesterol.

 


STATINS

Designed to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, statin drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor are the most widely prescribed medications in America. Statins block HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that causes the liver to produce cholesterol. This effectively prevents excess amounts of cholesterol from entering the bloodstream. While these statins can aggressively lower LDL (blood cholesterol levels) they come with a nice size of side effects such as muscle pain and weakness, nerve damage, liver failer, and RHABDOmyolysis- (the breakdown of muscle tissue that can lead to potentially fatal kidney failure. Recent research in the Journal of the American Medical Association also suggests that high-dose statin therapy may increase the odds of developing type 2 diabetes.

Another drawback to statin therapy is that it robs the body of COQ10. COQ10 is essential for providing energy to cells, especially the cells in the heart, and low levels of this critical nutrient are linked to nearly every form of cardiovascular disease, including angina, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, and congestive heart failure.  So just take supplemental COQ10 right??? WELL the problem is COQ10 supplements are poorly absorbed by the body. Fortunately, studies show that a more bio-available form of COQ10 called UBIQUINOL provides 60% better absorption than standard coq10 supplements.

Long term studies have shown ubiquinol effectively inhibits LDL oxidation and may have a direct effect on the progression of atherosclerotic lesions. It has also be found to improve the symptoms of congestive heart failure.

If you decide to supplement with Ubiquinol ( I go through a bottle or two once or twice per year, when I catch them on sale) choose carefully!  Ubiquinol products may be labeled “COQ10 Ubiquinol” , “Super ubiquinol COQ10”  , “Ubiquinol COQ10”, or something similar. Don’t get confused, just look for the word “ubiquinol” on the supplements facts!

2018-02-28T20:24:58+00:00