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Natural remedies may also be effective against high cholesterol

March 3, 2009 by  

Natural remedies may be effective against high cholesterol These days, it is all too easy to rely on potent drugs to reduce cholesterol levels, but one analysis has pointed out that pharmaceutical companies do not always have all the answers.

Cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins have been shown to cause serious side effects and adverse drug interactions in some people. They include muscle fiber or liver damage as well as neurological and cognitive disruptions.

That research has prompted editors of Natural Solutions magazine to explore healthy lifestyle choices and alternatives therapies.

"Medical experts agree that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and whole grains is the key to keeping cholesterol low," says the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Linda Sparrowe.

She adds that although challenging at first, lifestyle changes such as exercise and healthy diet that includes supplements should be the first choice of patients facing high cholesterol problems.

The article concludes with suggestions for natural sources of low cholesterol and for cholesterol-lowering supplements, including niacin, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil and red yeast rice extract, many of which have the dual benefit of reducing LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, and increasingly the levels of the healthy HDL.
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  • http://personallibertywebsite sherrie titus

    I AM A 60 YR. OLD FEMALE. I HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL. I PRODUCE IT INMY OWN BODY. FOR 10 YEARS I HAVE HAD HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND COULD NOT TAKE ANY STATINS BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS I WOULD HAVE WITH MY LEGS. I DID SOME RESEARCH AND FOUND RED YEAST RICE. I TOOK THIS TWICE A DAY AND FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAVE HAD PERFECT COUNTS. BUT ABOUT A YEAR AGO I STARTED GETTING LEG CRAMPS AT NIGHT. THEY PROGRESSIVELY GOT WORSE. ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO I COULD NOT GET THROUGH A NIGHT WITHOUT GETTING UP TO TRY TO WALK OFF THE CRAMPS. SOMETIMES THEY WOULD BE IN MY THIGH, AND ONCE IN AWHILE THEY WOULD GO TO MY STOMACH. THEY HAVEGOTTEN SO BAD THAT I WENT TO MY M.D. 8 DAYS AGO. HE SET ME UP WITH A NEUROLOGIST. WHEN I GOT HOME I TOLD MY HUSBAND WHAT IF IT’S THE RED YEAST RICE! SO I DECIDED TO DO AN EXPERIMENT. I WENT OFF THE RED YEAST RICE AND FOR 5 NIGHTS I HAVE NOT HAD ONE CRAMP. I TOLD MY DOCTOR TODAY AND HE SAID HE’D LIKE TO CHECK ON THE PRODUCT I WAS USING. HE FELT BAD FOR ME BECAUSE FOR SO MANY YEARS I HAD SUCHHIGH CHOLESTEROL.
    COULD YOU GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT ON THIS PRODUCT? OR LET ME KNOW WHERE TO GO ON MY OWN
    THANK YOU
    SINCERELY
    SHERRIE TITUS

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Sandra Johnston

      To Sherrie Titus
      You can try taking, along with your Red Yeast Rice, a 200mg capsule of CoEnzyme Q10 ( I purchased at Costco) with your morning and evening dose of Red Yeast Rice. You can purchase it in Health Food Stores, Super Suppliments, Costco (best price). This will solve the problem. As with Statins, Red Yeast Rice will deplete the body of CoQ10. The enzyme naturally decreases in our bodies as we get older. With Red Yeast Rice as with Statin Drugs, they play havoc with our own natural CoQ10. Any MD or DO worth his salt SHOULD know about the CoQ10 angle in RX’ing Statin Drugs.

      Dr. Jerry Mixon MD founder of Longevity Medical Clinic in Kirkland, WA will verify this information. He is a researcxh scientist in Anti-Aging Medicine.

      Sincerely,

      Sandara Johnstonh, RN

    • Jeanine Lane

      Try vitamin D3 for the cramps. It has worked for me and several others I know.

  • queenieAZ

    Ive been taking red yeast rice for about 2 years. It took my cholestrol down from over 300 to 101 !!! I cut down on the dose, now it is 130.I havent had leg cramps, tho I have bad varicose veins.Some times my calves hurt & I put on compression stockings. That makes my legs stop hurting.I also take D3, but not Q10.I am 72 yrs. old.I take omega 3,& have goats, & drink lots of milk & make yoghurt, so I get lots of calcium.I think the minerals are very important to the muscles, & to the heart which is a muscle.

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  • Brendon Roeser

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