Cholesterol Lowering Supplements - The Best Picks

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The aim of cholesterol lowering supplements  is three fold:

1.       Decrease levels of the bad LDL, especially the particle B type;

2.       Raise  levels of cardio-protective HDL;

3.       Prevent oxidation, so benign kinds don't become harmful to arteries and promote arthrosclerosis.


With this in mind, here are some crackerjack nutritional aids worth keeping on your roster of heart healthy helpers.

Supplements to lower bad cholesterol raise the good stuff and protect the rest from oxidation

  • Omega 3s including those found in fish like salmon and seeds like flax lower triglycerides and blood pressure and are anti-inflammatory. Look for fish oil containing EPA and DHA.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) – lowers triglycerides and the bad kind of LDL cholesterol. It also reduces levels of Lp(a), a bad type of cholesterol, and raises HDL, the good cholesterol.
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)- lowers triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, while increasing HDL.
  • Vitamin C, Co-enzyme Q-10 and Vitamin E (mixed natural tocopherols and tocotrienals) but together. These powerful anti-oxidants have been linked to higher HDL levels and preventing LDL oxidation. Don’t supplement Vitamin E on its own, because it may become a pro- oxidant and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Taking E with Vitamin C and Co Q-10 prevents this.
  • Prebiotics in the form of oligosaccharides (aka FOS) are a type of soluble fiber that feeds beneficial gut bacteria. Consuming them can increase levels of HDL cholesterol.

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