Statin prescription drugs are known to cause fatigue, muscle pain and damage, sexual dysfunction and liver and nerve damage in about 10-15% of people who take them.
Statins only lower LDL, the “bad cholesterol”. This is only one part of the equation in heart disease. It’s actually more important to have higher levels of HDL, the “good cholesterol”, then only lowering LDL cholesterol.
Statins don’t really lower triglycerides (another type of fat in the blood) that cause heart disease.
Statins don’t change the size and density of cholesterol molecules. Small, dense cholesterol particles are more dangerous in terms of causing heart disease than large, fluffy cholesterol molecules. Some of this is dictated by diet, some by genetics, and some by lifestyle (like exercise).
What To Do With High Cholesterol
While statins are advertised as the end-all, be-all to preventing heart disease, there's more to it than that. Natural cholesterol lowering agents will not only lower the bad cholesterol, but they can help raise the good cholesterol, and lower inflammation – without the side effects of statin drugs. Inflammation is a key component in many conditions, especially heart disease.
If you have high cholesterol, simply taking a pill is missing the mark. First, get comprehensive blood work. Ask your doctor to run the following tests for you. If they won't do it, they don't have YOUR best interests in mind. If you still can't get them done, give us a call and we can order them for you.
NMR-Lipoprofile: Just looking at total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyerides doesn’t give us the full story. You need this more comprehensive test that also looks at the size and density of your cholesterol molecules.
C-Reactive Protein: This test measures inflammation by looking at a protein in the blood. It tells us your body’s overall level of inflammation, especially in your blood vessels.
Hemoglobin A1c: This test tells us how high your blood sugar has been over the last several months. Keeping blood sugar low over time is key to preventing heart and other diseases. Elevated blood sugar is fast becoming known as a major cause of heart disease.
Fibrinogen: This is a protein that tells us how easily your blood will clot. It should be relatively low, and it can be changed with diet and natural cholesterol lowering agents, too.
Insulin: Insulin is a hormone that pulls sugar into the cells to be used by the body. If it’s too high, this signifies a danger of not only heart disease but also diabetes (which in turn leads to heart disease). Insulin goes up before blood sugar does, and many doctors only look at blood sugar, not insulin. This is backwards because by the time blood sugar goes up; insulin has been high for a while and creates inflammation.
Natural Cholesterol Lowering Agents
You can lower cholesterol naturally by using the following natural remedies for high cholesterol:
Cholesterol Formula is a comprehensive formula that contains several proven natural cholesterol lowering ingredients. It will lower LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and raise HDL (the “good” cholesterol). This is one of our best selling products.
Non-flushing forms of niacin can lower VLDL (another “bad” form of cholesterol), triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol.
Omega 3 oils are proven to improve cholesterol balance and decrease inflammation. Eskimo PurEFA is the most cost effective form of Omega-3 oils on the market, with 1000mg in each pill.
CoEnzyme Q10 is found in every cell of our bodies, and is especially concentrated in the heart. It's necessary for the production of energy at a cellular level, and can improve heart function. Statin drugs notoriously deplete CoEnzyme Q10 as well. It’s a smart supplement to take.
5-MTHR is the active form of folic acid that, along with Vitamin B-12 lowers Homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is thought to be a risk factor in heart disease.
You can lower cholesterol naturally by using the above natural remedies for cholesterol, addressing diet and inflammation (by decreasing sugar and simple carb intake) and staying fit.