What's a supplement that lowers cholesterol?
- 01-28-2012, 01:19 PM
- 01-28-2012, 01:53 PM
- 01-28-2012, 01:59 PM
NiacinEverything I say is fictional and for entertainment purposes only. Do not ask me for sources. I dont have any.
01-28-2012, 02:06 PM
01-28-2012, 02:27 PM
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Proven to help reduce cholesterol while improving the HDL : LDL ratio
01-28-2012, 09:47 PM
From iForceNutrition.com website:
The Active Ingredient In Heart Help (Bergamonte) was found to provide the following Clinically Proven results:
26.53% Reduction in Cholesterol
40.1% Increase in HDL(Good Cholesterol)
36% Reduction in LDL(Bad Cholesterol)
38.8% Reduction in Triglycerides
22.3% Reduction in Blood Sugar
Hope this helps DGA3!!!
01-29-2012, 01:25 AM
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01-29-2012, 01:26 AM
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01-29-2012, 10:13 AM
CLA, conjugated lineolic acid, is a tranfatty acid that could help. Its a bit of a double edge sword as it lowers all levels of a lipid profile. So you could reduce cholesterol and LDL but potentially loose some HDL as well
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01-29-2012, 11:26 AM
01-29-2012, 11:32 AM
Seems Im the last one to get in here from the team, but you MUST check out Heart Help
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01-29-2012, 12:56 PM
01-29-2012, 01:24 PM
01-29-2012, 01:33 PM
Heart Help = best heart/cholesterol supplement available.
It also helps lower blood sugar which means less fat!
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01-29-2012, 03:03 PM
To the OP, do you consume alcohol on a regular basis, frequently use tylenol, or are on and off with 17-α-alkylated steroids/prohormones? If you have health problems or concerns regarding cholestrol, it's best to discuss this with your doctor, if you haven't done so already. Your doc has your medical records (oh yeah, and a doctorate of medicine degree) and can probably provide you with a more specific solution to your problem better than the barrage of small supplement company reps dancing with shameless product plugs (guilty). If you've done this, and you can't take certain meds because for undisclosed reasons, it's tough to say the safety of a supplement (which hasn't been under the same deal of scrutiny by the FDA as a prescription). For example, if you can't take statins (e.g. Lipitor), it's probably not a good idea to be taking red yeast rice, whose activity is derived from naturally occuring statins that incur the same side effects which prevent you from taking the prescribed statins.
01-29-2012, 03:45 PM
I usually take 500mg of regular niacin every morning with my protein shake - I like the "skin burn" I get from it. My neck and face turn red and gets real hot feeling... actually, I'm not sure why I like that feeling, but I do
01-29-2012, 04:32 PM
The flush free version is inconclusive, but I don't believe it is something heavily studied since there's not a lot of money in a supplement you can buy for $5 at Wal-Mart. Drug companies do most of this funding for this sort of research, and there's not much point in giving away millions to university researchers only to shoot yourself in the foot with the findings. The science behind it is that the niacin is bound to inositol via esterification, which allows for a gradual release into the bloodstream. Regular niacin is free nicotinic acid, which when it spikes in your bloodstream, triggers a histamine release... thus creating the flush/rash. The flush is arbitrary to the cholesterol affects; however, you still need a certain blood level to get it to happen. If it's not breaking off the inositol molecule before it gets removed by the kidney and you piss it away, then you are probably not taking enough.
01-29-2012, 04:35 PM
I was under the impression red yeast rice no longer contains the natural statins.
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01-29-2012, 05:19 PM
^^^ correct. RYR will do nothing to lower cholesterol at this point unfortunately
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01-29-2012, 05:37 PM
.... where did they go?
I've never seen a YRY label that was actually standardized for statin content, although it's never been a product that's interested me.
I'm merely wondering if the popularity has lead to rapid cultivation, leading to an inferior product over the years or if the FDA stepped in and mandated that the statins be removed from the supplement.
01-29-2012, 06:01 PM
Tylenol (or any painkiller) = rarely
Steroids/PHs = nope
Last fall my doc ran some bloodwork, and it was good news/bad news:
LDL = 169/high (bad news)
HDL = 71/very high (good news)
Triglycerides = 39/very low (good news)
Because I am in great physical condition, exercise a lot, eat healthy, and have no family history of heart/stroke problems, my doc said there was no need to rush to drugs (statins) to lower my LDL. We're going to check my cholesterol again in the spring and see where it's at.
In the meantime, I've done some research, and one new way to look at cholesterol is not to worry so much about the overall (total) number, but more importantly, the ratio of good to bad. If that's true, I am in great shape because of my very high HDL levels.
Great advice in your post, though. I appreciate the information and concern for my health!
01-29-2012, 06:11 PM
01-29-2012, 06:30 PM
I'm 54 and have working out for over 30 years. I've been in three bodybuilding competition in the early 90's, and still love hitting the gym 3 times a week (legs, chest/back, arms/shoulders), especially through the winter, when I can't play golf.
My father is 80, very active (golf, yard work), and has no health problems. Normal cholesterol even though he eats eggs, meat, refined carbs, etc.
My mom is 79 and also in good health. She does take a statin for cholesterol, but is also very active - especially with friends/social life.
So yes - I have elevated LDL - at least when we checked last fall. As I also noted, my good cholesterol is very high, and my triglycerides are very low, so overall, my doc does not want to mess with any drugs/statins right now. We're going to check it again later this year and see where we're at.
01-29-2012, 06:44 PM
Sure supplements will help, but main point is diet.
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01-29-2012, 07:00 PM
Typically if you have high LDL combined with low trig than usually the majority of your LDL are the larger particles which are harmless. So if your LDL is dominated by the larger particles (which is probably your case considering your trig count) than I wouldnt worry too much about the LDLs.
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01-29-2012, 07:54 PM
01-30-2012, 01:11 AM
Thanks for the reply back.
This changes the tone (from my perspective) from "I have a sudden urge to fix my cholesterol levels through pills I can get without a doctor's prescription" to "A trip to the doctor opened up my eyes to cholesterol levels, and I want to take preventative measures".
My initial thoughts were seeking alternatives to Lipitor (or other meds) due either ability to afford the medication or stress on the liver. Daily consumption of alcohol or tylenol (i.e. acetaminophen) or (of course) steroids would be inidcators of the latter. Now it's clear you are just trying to take better care of yourself.
My mother has a similar scenario. Her LDL is low, triglycerides are low, but HDL and total cholesterol are high. Her doctor recommended 3500mg to 4000mg of fish oil per day. It might be possible to improve your lipids through dietary measures. I don't know what you are eating right now. One little tidbit is that there is a well-known correlation between cholesterosl and insulin. While they were still trendy and new in the early 2000's, there were a few studies which found low-carb diets provided lower cholesterol than conventional (low-fat) diets. I don't have any data regarding the rate, but perhaps that's not really important since studies were done on people with a little weight to lose and may not carry over to an adult at a healthy weight.
I'd also like to point out that Honey Nut Cheerios recieved a cease and desist order from the FDA a few years back regarding their claims for how it reduces cholesterol. One of those stories that pop up on the home page news feed that you just can't help but remember!
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