- Heightened risk of type 2 diabetes and elevated blood sugar levels
- Tripled risk of artery calcification, making heart disease more dangerous, not less
- Depletion of essential nutrients, including vital coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle pain that can be deadly
- Liver dysfunction and acute kidney failure
- Serious memory problems, including a condition that can eliminate nearly all memory for days
Yes, there are better waysI have three natural cholesterol solutions that can reduce, or even eliminate your need for a statin drug.
Omega-3 essential fatty acidsEPA and DHA, the two most common omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), are on my top five list of the best health protectors of all. They help raise healthy HDL cholesterol levels while lowering dangerous LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Bingo. And there's a bonus. A recent study of coronary heart disease (CHD) patients on high-dose statin therapy found that adding EPA to their treatment “significantly reduced” the amount of coronary plaque in their cardiovascular systems. Talk about good news! Just as important, in addition to maintaining the ideal ratio of good to bad cholesterol, omega-3s can take on:
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Abnormal heartbeat and stroke
- Hardening of the arteries
- High blood pressure
BergamotThis citrus fruit is another wonderful solution for reducing statin dependence. New research shows that it has a statin-like molecular structures, and, far more important, statin-like benefits—without the terrible side effects. A 2013 study followed 77 patients who took 1,000 mg daily of bergamot extract over one month. The participants’ LDL cholesterol levels dropped by more than 30%! From an average of 278 mg/dL to 191 mg/dL. And HDL increased in all patients—up to a striking 64.6 percent. Bergamot also contains compounds that affect the functioning of neurotransmitters in a way that decreases anxiety. This is consistent with the lovely sense of calm you get with bergamot essential oil aromatherapy. I recommend 500 to 1,000 mg of bergamot daily. But make sure you’re working with your doctor, and don’t discontinue using statins without supervision. I also recommend bergamot essential oil. It's highly effective in relieving digestive difficulties, reducing stress, healing infectious wounds, repelling insects, and more. And it's a lovely scent.
Indian Gooseberry, or AmlaThe Indian gooseberry, also called amla, is an Ayurvedic powerhouse that hits the sweet spots for cholesterol control:
- Reduces LDL cholesterol levels
- Reduces triglycerides
- Increases good cholesterol levels
- Blend two de-seeded and chopped up gooseberries and a cup of water in a blender
- Strain the juice through a muslin cloth or fine strainer
- Add a teaspoon of honey before drinking
Get your cholesterol clout onI hope this will help you find a better way to control your cholesterol, whether it's the omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce your statin dosage or the bergamot and amla that can keep you from needing statins or other meds in the first place. Take good care.
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