Your diet doesn’t impact your cholesterol levels as much as
you think it does.
It doesn’t increase it as much as you’ve been led to believe
and it certainly doesn’t help to lower cholesterol like the so-
called diet experts tell you.
It’s not that extra egg you have for breakfast that raises
your cholesterol appreciably. This is because around 80% of
your blood cholesterol is manufactured by your liver.
To lower cholesterol levels, you must both slow down the
manufacture of cholesterol, and reduce the oxidation of LDL
while raising your HDL.
Apart from normal, sensible lifestyle improvements such as
better nutrition and more exercise, there are a couple of
proven strategies to return lower cholesterol to its optimal
Option 1: Prescription Drugs
A range of drugs known as “statins” are widely used in the
U.S. and other Western countries. In fact, they are currently
the most prescribed medicine in the world.
These drugs work by blocking an enzyme that the liver
needs for the manufacture of cholesterol. They have been
proven effective in reducing levels of LDL, but unfortunately
they will not raise levels of HDL (the good cholesterol).
The downside is that there are a large number of negative
side effects such as liver damage, fatigue, upset stomach,
abdominal pains and cramps, gas and constipation, and, in
the case of a statin drug called Baycol, a large numbers of
An investigation into the side effect of statin drugs is being
conducted by the National Institutes of Health.
Discuss the pros and cons of this medication very carefully
with your physician in the event that a statin drug is
prescribed to you.
There Is Another Treatment Very Beneficial With Only
Option 2: Natural Treatments
Even though the general public hears very little about them,
there are effective natural alternatives to lowering one’s
cholesterol, and such therapies exhibit no side effects.
The fascinating aspect of some of these natural options is
that some of the natural ingredients being used have been
proven to consistently lower cholesterol and significantly
outperform the statin drugs in dozens of double-blind
placebo-controlled clinical trials and studies.
And with no negative side effects! (The only side effect
reported was weight loss.)
What You Really Need To Lower Cholesterol:
Two key ingredients to look for in any natural cholesterol
product used to effectively lower cholesterol are policosanol
and guggulipid extract.
Policosanol is an extract from sugar cane wax and has been
the subject of multiple clinical trials, all of which have
outperformed the statins.
Guggulipid, on the other hand, is an ancient herb from India
extracted from the guggul tree.
Studies have shown an interesting added benefit from
guggulipid: it has been more effective than prescription
tetracycline when used orally for treating nodulocystic acne.
It also assists in the lowering of triglycerides and weight
What You Need To Know In Order To Lower Cholesterol:
With all of these benefits, it would seem that finding any
natural formula containing these two ingredients is a sure
But take caution; there are many products currently on the
market claiming to use policosanol to lower cholesterol, but
are in fact using octacosanol, which is an incomplete form of
Octacosanol does not exhibit the same results as true
policosanol in clinical trials.
Any product formulated to lower cholesterol must be
manufactured at a pharmaceutical GMP compliant facility
and its ingredients verified with a certificate of analysis to
confirm the potency.
This is very important because studies completed by private
and government institutions have shown that consumers
only have a 1 in 5 chance of actually buying a product, to
lower cholesterol, with the actual amount of ingredients
stated on the label, or one that isn’t contaminated.
Only one company, providing solutions to lower cholesterol,
has the strictest regulatory environments in the world for
the manufacture of dietary supplements, far exceeding U.S.
For more information on how to lower your cholesterol,
By Phil Beckett – Physique Concepts Inc.