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High Cholesterol
 
by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Seven Prescriptions—High Cholesterol
 

A twelve-week study demonstrated that 1,500 mg of guggulipid reduced total cholesterol by an average of 22 percent and triglycerides by 25 percent. A different study of 233 people with elevated cholesterol levels showed that Guggul worked better than the cholesterol-lowering drug clofibrate. Only people who took Guggul had improvements in HDL cholesterol.

 

Super Prescription #1  Policosanol

Take 10 to 20 mg each evening. Numerous studies show that policosanol reduces total and LDL cholesterol, lipoprotein(a), and increases the good HDL cholesterol.

Super Prescription #2  Red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus)

Take 1,200 mg twice daily. This extract has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and increase HDL. The type of product used in successful studies contained 10 to 13.5 mg of monacolins per day. Note: Take 100 mg of CoQ10 daily when using this product.

Super Prescription #3  Garlic (Allium sativum)

Take 300 to 500 mg twice of aged garlic daily. It reduces cholesterol levels and increases HDL cholesterol.

Super Prescription #4  Niacin (inositol hexaniacinate, or IP6)

Take 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily of the no-flush form (inositol hexaniacinate). It reduces cholesterol levels and increases HDL cholesterol.

Super Prescription #5  Fish oil

Take a daily dosage of a fish oil product containing at least 480 mg of EPA and 360 mg of DHA. Fish oil reduces inflammation in the arteries and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Super Prescription #6  Guggul (Commiphora mukul)

Take a daily total of 1,500 mg standardized to 5 percent guggulsterone (equivalent to 75 mg of guggulsterones). Guggul, an Ayurvedic herb, reduces cholesterol levels and increases HDL.

Super Prescription #7  Antioxidant formula

Take a complex of antioxidants or a multivitamin, as directed on container. Several of the antioxidants prevent cholesterol oxidation.

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