Natural Cholesterol Reducer

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The alternative to pharmaceuticals are natural cholesterol reducers. Many people prefer them. More and more empirical studies are being undertaken on the medicinal values of naturally occurring substances. More and more results indicate their efficacy in alleviating symptoms or in reducing disease or disorder. The choice is yours.

What Are Natural Cholesterol Reducers?

Natural cholesterol reducers are substances occurring without human intervention in nature. A number of them have been the subject of empirical studies, and proven effective as natural cholesterol reducers. Garlic is on the list as a significant inhibitor to the development of arteriosclerosis and recurrence of heart attacks. Fish oils and their omega-3-fatty acids are known to reduce heart disease instance by as much as 45 percent.

Cholesterol's "cousin" beta-sitosterol very effectively cuts blood serum cholesterol with virtually no change in diet or exercise patterns. Curcumin, a curry spice extract (turmeric), lowers cholesterol, among other things. Moving a bit farther afield on the exotic meter, golgul gum resin from the myrrh tree reduces high cholesterol levels as well as weight problems. A sugar cane wax derivative, policosanol, prevents LDL from oxidizing in the bloodstream and thus its levels in the body. Psyllium, the fiber of a plant native to India and Iran, also lowers LDL levels. It is important to note that Ogul Gum Resin, garlic, Curcumin, and Policosanol only have limited effectivenesses, lasting just up to six months. This is because they are exogenic so it's wise to seek out endogenic supplements such as Beta Sitosterol, Beta Glucan, Chromax and soy isoflavones.

How Should You Use Natural Cholesterol Reducers?

Any medication, however, should accompany a lifestyle—exercise and diet and daily habits—conducive to health. This means some degree of regular physical exercise, moderate body weight and always a balanced diet. Of any one factor, lifestyle almost always goes the distance. This is true for cholesterol levels, and particularly so for LDL, the cholesterol driven so strongly by diet. HDL is not no exception, it is simply influences by other factors as well. Medications alone are usually not enough to ensure longterm health.


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