There are many alternatives to lowering cholesterol than to resort to prescribed medication. One such alternative is the supplement nicotinic acid or vitamin B3. This supplement, more commonly know as Niacin, aids the liver in carrying cholesterol through the bloodstream. Phytosterols are another option and are naturally occurring in many foods. They are very similar to cholesterol, and therefore aid in preventing the body from absorbing cholesterol. Plant stanols and sterols can also block the body from absorbing cholesterol. In addition, spices like Turmeric can interfere with the body’s cholesterol uptake and increases the excretion of bile acids. Red rice yeast extract contains the same ingredient as a statin drug. Guggulipid also contains plant sterols, but more studies are needed to know for sure if guggulipid is effective in lowering cholesterol. If none of these natural alternatives are effective in lowering your cholesterol, it may be necessary to try a prescription statin. These can be costly and have many side effects. Since heart disease is still the number one killer in the US, it is recommended to use these natural or prescription drugs to help lower cholesterol and prevent plaque from building up in the arteries.
- Niacin, a B vitamin, was shown to reduce LDL cholesterol at least five percent, and even up to twenty-five percent in users, dosing at an optimal level.
- Phytosterols, which are naturally occurring plant compounds, generally found in many nuts and seeds, actually block the body’s absorption of cholesterol.
- Turmeric, red rice yeast extract and Indian guggul, are three natural substances worth a try in the fight against high cholesterol.
“Heart Disease is the number one killer in the U.S. Science to date attributes the depositing of plaque on artery walls via excess cholesterol as a major contributor.”