There are multiple natural cholesterol supplement options on the market that have been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol in multiple trials. Here are a few of the better recognized options on the market and how they help reduce cholesterol:
Policosanol is a cholesterol supplement that has been studied extensively, both by the natural health community and medical science. Also known as "sugar wax" this substance has been shown repeatedly to provide assistance to the liver in controlling production of and breaking down cholesterol. Recent studies with diabetic patients have shown reductions in overall cholesterol levels by as much as 14% and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels by as much as 20%. Policosanol is a good cholesterol supplement as well because it has a smaller impact on HDL (good cholesterol) than many modern pharmaceutical drugs.
Gugulipid is a cholesterol supplement from India that has been used for centuries. It has been studied more extensively in recent years however due to its general effectiveness in reducing cholesterol in the overall population, especially in comparison with the effectiveness of Statin drugs as it can also lower triglycerides in the blood.
Fish Oil is a popular cholesterol supplement because it contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, a naturally occurring acid that helps improve immune system function and remove cholesterol from the blood stream. Fish oil is one of the highest and safest concentrations for Omega-3 Fatty Acid consumption. For those with allergies to fish or those who are vegetarian or vegan, see Flax Seed Oil for an alternative.
As a cholesterol supplement, garlic is highly effective in reducing overall cholesterol by as much as 12-17% in most patients who take at least 800 milligrams a day for a prolonged period of time. Garlic should also be included in a diet rich in fiber and low in animal fats and saturated fats to help process cholesterol that is ingested.
Flax Seed Oil or Meal
Flax Seed is another source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and a fibrous cholesterol supplement that helps to bind and remove cholesterol directly. As a whole grain, flax seed has been shown to reduce cholesterol by as much as 15% (LDL) in those who take 38 grams 2-4 times daily of the meal or a concentrated oil twice a day.
Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast Rice is one of few cholesterol supplement options on the market that has garnered attention and general use from the medical community as it appears in many statins as an active ingredient. However, natural Red Yeast Rice provides a more direct impact on cholesterol levels without side effects, lowering both LDL cholesterol by as much as 15-20% and triacylgycerols in the blood, something many statins do not do.
Combined, the cholesterol supplements listed above work in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise to reduce cholesterol in a number of individuals who are suffering from high LDL levels or poor processing of their existing cholesterol.
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