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How to improve your cholesterol (without statins!)

If you’ve vowed to lower your cholesterol levels, you’re not alone. The way to do it is to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol, which encourages a waxy plaque to build up in your arteries, and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol, which clears this plaque and removes it from your body.  And if you’re hesitant to rely…

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Cook your way to lower LDL cholesterol

We’re not going to pretend that just eating the right foods will magically solve your “bad” cholesterol problem.  But combined with a supplement (we love Cholesterade®, but you may be taking a statin drug), everyday foods that are naturally rich in fiber, like beans and brown rice, are an excellent way to help lower your…

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You can cook your way to lower cholesterol, too

Let’s look more closely at those tips we gave you for controlling your LDL cholesterol levels. The right foods can work hand-in-hand with Cholesterade® to lower those “bad” levels. Limit your intake of foods full of saturated fats, trans fats, and dietary cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in butter, fatty flesh like red meat, full-fat…

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How does cholesterol contribute to heart attacks?

We know that LDL cholesterol is bad for us, and that it can contribute to a heart attack.  But why? Because high blood levels of cholesterol encourage the formation and growth of vascular plaques, and those plaques put you at risk for heart attack and stroke. So can we reduce plaque buildup?  In a way,…

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OK, I’m convinced. But how do I go about getting more fiber?

As we proved in our last blog, there’s no doubt you should eat more fiber to help reduce bad, or LDL, cholesterol the natural way.  We’re not suggesting you eat 12 pounds of plants a day like your hunter-gatherer ancestors did! But you can increase your fiber intake, just by being smart about what you…

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What’s all the hype about fiber?

Here’s a story for you: Around 50 years ago, the English physician Dr. Denis Burkitt noticed that African bushmen seemed to be free of the ailments that plagued their “civilized” counterparts in the West. Those ailments included heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Dr. Burkitt, wanting to explain these differences, began studying earlier observations of…

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How does a “natural” cholesterol fighter work?

If you follow our blog, you’ve probably already read that Cholesterade® owes its effectiveness to organic Acacia fiber, which the body stores in layers that release into the GI tract at different times during the day to best utilize the formula. But you may still be wondering—what makes Acacia fiber so great? Let’s start with…

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You don’t have to suffer from statin side effects

There are several options to relieve the side effects of the statins you’re taking to treat high cholesterol levels. Your doctor may suggest: Taking a brief break from statin therapy. Switching to another statin drug. Changing your dose. Taking it easy when exercising. Considering non-statin cholesterol-lowering medications. Trying coenzyme Q10 supplements What your physician may…

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Are you at risk of developing statin side effects?

It’s unclear what causes statin side effects, especially muscle pain. The Mayo Clinic suggests that statins may affect not only your liver’s production of cholesterol but also several enzymes in muscle cells that are responsible for muscle growth, and that the effects of statins on these cells may be the cause of muscle aches. Not…

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Your doctor doesn’t warn you about the side effects, but we will.

Your physician prescribes statins – Lipitor, Lescol, Crestor, Zocor, or another brand or its generic form – to lower your total cholesterol and thus your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Often, he or she will remind you of the need for annual blood tests to determine any effect the drug is having on…

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