Despite all the negative things you may have heard about it, our bodies need just a little cholesterol. This waxy substance is required to produce bile acids that break down fats and help us digest food. It also plays a role in the production of vitamin D and hormones. An acceptable cholesterol level is 200 mg/DL or below and many of us exceed this figure. In these cases, we are often prescribed medication to lower our cholesterol level. These medications, called statins, have side effects that include digestive problems and liver damage. Here are some supplements that do not have such negative aspects.
You will need:
• Omega-3 fish oil
• Artichoke extract
Step 1: The B vitamin niacin gathers the excess harmful LDL cholesterol within the blood and provides it to the liver, where it is disposed. Take as much as two grams per day but first discuss with a doctor to get the recommended dosage. Anyone with liver disease should not take niacin.
Step 2: Psyllium is often used to address constipation because it is loaded with soluble fiber. It also reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the intestines. A five percent reduction in LDL cholesterol can be achieved by consuming between five and ten grams of soluble fiber daily. Twice a day, drink five grams (about one teaspoon) of psyllium seed husk dissolved in a glass of water. Do not consume psyllium within two hours of taking oral medications because the fiber could affect the absorption of the medication.
Step 3: Among the many benefits of fish oil is the regulation of cholesterol. Fish oils reduce liver production of LDL and the amount of VLDL released. Take two to four grams of Omega-3 fish oil daily.
Step 4: Artichoke extract increases the amount of bile produced by the liver. This then increases the excretion of excess cholesterol. Take 500 milligrams of artichoke extract three times per day.