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A Google search for "cholesterol homeopathic remedies" returns more than 300,000 results covering anything from using herbs to specialized vitamins. Clearly, homeopathic cures work for some people given that the alternative medication industry is valued at $2.7B according to a Medica.com industry report. My sister-in-law swears to this day that she cured her cholesterol problem by taking soy tablets every day.
After being diagnosed with high cholesterol, I tried homeopathic remedies to help me lower my cholesterol. At the time, I was concerned about the side effects of Lipitor , especially its effect on the liver. My experiment with homeopathic remedies started with soy tablets given the recommendation offered by my sister-in-law. After about a month, I started to really feel the effects of this remedy, but not exactly in the way I was expecting. I experienced unbelievable emotional swings to the point that I found myself in tears watching ASPCA commercials on the television. Cl...
As with any comprehensive treatment program to treat bad
cholesterol , modifying what you eat remains one of the cornerstones. Several herbs have been thought to improve
cholesterol levels, and more specifically, the makers of several herbal
supplements have claimed benefit with their product. Garlic is one of the most commonly consumed
herbal supplements. Among its many purported
health benefits, which include lowering blood pressure, preventing blood clots,
killing bacteria and fungus, and repelling both ticks and bloodsucking
creatures of the night, garlic has long been thought to improve cholesterol.
Garlic (Allium sativum), otherwise known as the “stinking
rose,” contains a chemical called alliin. When garlic is crushed, a chemical reaction occurs and alliin becomes
allicin. Allicin has been well
documented to inhibit the formation of cholesterol in several laboratory
studies. Furthermore, over a hundred
animal studies have been performed that showed...
A reader recently asked if eating a significant amount of fiber can diminish the effect of Lipitor (atorvastatin) in reducing cholesterol levels. I am not aware of any negative effect of fiber on the absorption or the effects of the statins on lowering cholesterol. Statins including Lipitor can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea and interestingly, constipation as well. The mechanism is not completely understood. What I am quite aware of is the overall positive effects of fiber in improving cholesterol levels including evidence to support that fiber can enhance a statin’s effectiveness. Fiber can improve cholesterol levels in several ways. One often overlooked benefit of eating fiber is that it can easily act as a substitute for a potential damaging food . For example, we know that we should minimize the intake of trans and saturated fats . But, we still need to eat something to satisfy our hunger as well as give us our daily supply of energy. If w...
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