Cholesterol Numbers. What They Mean and How to Get the Best.

Cholesterol Numbers...
Are Yours Too Low?

Author Gene Millen 5/29/15

People who take statin drugs to achieve lower cholesterol numbers stand the risk of having their cholesterol go too low. New studies show that people with the lowest cholesterol have a higher risk of cancer, according to a meta-analysis of over 41,000 patient records from 23 statin drug trials.

Researchers found one extra case of cancer per 1,000 patients with the lowest levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol, compared to patients with higher LDL levels.
Past studies have found an increased risk of Parkinson's disease among people with extra-low cholesterol. Meanwhile, statin drugs may cause damage to the liver and muscles.

I'm Gene Millen, your host on this website with my wife Bernie.

Gene Millen, Heart Health CoachIn 1990, a six way heart bypass operation got my attention. It also sent me on a journey to find out what caused this near heart attack. Was it my cholesterol numbers?

I wanted to determine which heart supplements I could take that would improve my cholesterol and lower risks of having a heart attack kor stroke.

Although you would never guess it from watching the Lipitor, Crestor and Vytorin TV advertisements, cholesterol is good for us in the right amounts...and the cholesterol HDL ratio is more important than just LDL cholesterol.

Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned biochemist and pioneer in researching healthy fats and oils relates some of the little known benefits of cholesterol:

Your body needs cholesterol to make sex hormones. Could this be why many of those on statin drugs have a reduced sex drive?
Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is involved in the biochemistry of depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety, control of appetite, sleep, memory and mood.
Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant to protect us from free radicals. Free radicals attack the artery walls and contribute to plaque that ends up clogging our arteries.

It's amazing and somewhat frustrating to me that the mainstream medical community largely ignores the most important controllable risks of having a heart attack or stroke.

If your cholesterol numbers dip too low, you will increase your risk of depression, stroke, violent behavior, and suicide.
There is no evidence to support that extremely low cholesterol levels are beneficial, and increasing numbers of studies like the one above are pointing to the risks.
Meanwhile, even if you DID want to lower your cholesterol, taking statin drugs is the last option you should consider. Cholesterol-lowering drugs have been linked to everything from nerve damage to memory loss.

Duane Graveline Space DocWhat the Space Doc Has to Say About Cholesterol Numbers

Former astronaut, Dr. Graveline (M.D. retired) is uniquely qualified to discuss the magnitude of statin drug risks. He suffered transient global amnesia as a result of being on Lipitor. Dr. Graveline comments,

"The legacy of statin drug use at today's high doses is a trail of chronic aches, muscle pain, numbness, weakness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure in hordes of unsuspecting victims."

Statin drugs also deplete the amount of beneficial Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in our heart and may actually INCREASE the risk of heart disease.

There's no need to risk dangerous statin side effects to keep your cholesterol numbers where they should be.

Which Supplements Work Best to Improve Cholesterol Numbers?

  • Our personal favorite for improving cholesterol numbers is policosanol derived from sugar cane.
  • One of the key reasons is that policosanol has been proven safe in clinical trials of more than 30,000 persons!
  • Side effects of policosanol are rare and minimal.
  • In clinical studies LDL cholesterol levels typically drop by 25-30% during the first 8-12 weeks of therapy.
  • HDL cholesterol levels typically increase by 15 to 25% after only two months of use.

Additional Benefits of policosanol

  • Does NOT affect liver function or sexual drive as statin drugs often do
  • Lowers risk of arterial blood clots that can cause a heart attack or stroke
  • This cholesterol lowering supplement may prevent and reverse atherosclerotic lesions
  • Policosanol improves intermittent claudication (pain in the leg muscles due to inadequate blood supply.)
In the clinical studies the dosage ranged from 10 mg to 40 mg. We recommend the 20mg capsules as the researchers found that a 40 mg dose did not cause any side effects but the cholesterol lowering effect was not significantly better than taking 20 mg.
In Clinical trials the following results improved cholesterol numbers with a 20 mg per day dose of policosanol:
Policosanol 20 mg Extra Strength
This a convenient one a day capsule that is easy to swallow. It is recommended that it be taken in the evening as more cholesterol is produced at night.
So what product should you choose? It depends on your goals but the Policosanol Extra Strength is the best sellers. I've used all of these supplements with good results and don't hesitate to recommend them to improve your cholesterol numbers.

Vital Life Nutritionals PolicosanolWe recommend Vital Life Nutritionals Policosanol Extra Strength capsules.

We only recommend the best heart supplements that we can find...ones that we and/or our family and friends personally use. Since my 6 way heart by pass operation in 1990 my wife Bernie and I take heart health nutrition very seriously.

Vital Life Nutritionals are manufactured by Vitamer Labs, a pharmaceutically registered facility that has been a leader in the manufacturing of natural supplements for decades.
These all-natural supplements meet stringent FDA regulations. This is noteworthy, as the FDA does not regulate nutritional supplements.
GMP Seal of ApprovalAll Vital Life Nutritionals products have received the highest rating in the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) program and the GMP seal is displayed on the label.
All supplements are tested to insure proper dissolution and absorption. You can rest assured that Vital Life Nutritionals won't end up in your urine and what you see on the label is in the bottle!

Each serving contains 20 mg Extra Strength Policosanol derived from sugar cane and contains the same formula used in research studies.

Clinical studies have shown policosanol more effective in improving cholesterol numbers than Zocor with fewer reported side effects.

"The results from the clinical studies involving nearly 30,000 patients clearly demonstrate that policosanol is overall the absolute best answer to high cholesterol levels, whether we are talking about a nutritional supplement, herbal product or drug." Michael Murray N.D., Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.
Click here to try Vital Life Nutrionals Policosanol Extra Strength capsules (made with the same formula used in the clinical studies) absolutely risk free.

Thanks for joining us on the journey toVital Heart Health for Life!
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Related Articles

Cholesterol Facts You Should Be Aware Of.

Lipitor Side Effects.

More Policosanol Clinical Trials

Clinical Studies - References

Pub Med Policosanol Clinical Studies Confirm Benefits in Cholesterol Numbers.

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2003;60(11)

Dalmer Laboratory. (1990): Policosanol: Experimental Pharmacokinetics. Data on file.


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