I'm Gene Millen, your host on this website with my Bernie.
In 1990, at the young age of 59 I was surprised by the necessity of a six way heart bypass operation. This got my attention and propelled me on a journey to find out what caused this near heart attack.
I wanted to determine which heart supplements I could take that would reduce risks of a heart attack. One heart nutrient that I discovered that is extremely beneficial in lowering the "bad" ldl cholesterol and improving the good hdl cholesterol is policosanol.
Has your doctor told you that your cholesterol is too high and that he/she wants you to use a statin drug to lower it? If so there is good news! There is a better all natural alternative..all natural policosanol.
You need to be wary before starting any statin drug prescription such as Lipitor Crestor or one of their generic cousins as they are often associated with dangerous side effects.
Policosanol is not only virtually side effect free it also has a number of health benefits, but the most powerful is its ability to increase your good HDL cholesterol, which is more important than lowering your so called "bad" cholesterol.
Studies show that those with the highest hdl cholesterol actually live longer!
Most cholesterol lowering statin drugs such as Lipitor, Crestor and their generic counterparts do NOT improve the good HDL cholesterol.
HDL cholesterol levels typically increase by 15 to 25% after only two months of policosanol use.
Dr. Michael Murray, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, one of the most renowned doctors of natural medicine provides us with a second opinion about policosanol.
" "In a 1997 head-to-head study policosanol was compared with statin drugs lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) Policosanol and ZOCOR were found to be equally effective in lowering cholesterol during an eight week study...but policosanol also significantly increased HDL-cholesterol levels and Zocor did not.""
Plant sterols are currently being lauded as a natural, cholesterol-busting wonder ingredient, and can be found in several premium-price margarines, milk products and yogurts. Plant sterols can be found naturally in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, beans, and other plant foods containing fats and oils.
The cholesterol-lowering properties of plant sterols/stanols have been known since the 1950s. In recent years, the medical community has endorsed consumption of plant sterols/stanols as a safe and effective means of promoting good cardiovascular health.
In May 2001, the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel, issued new clinical guidelines directing doctors to advise their patients to consume two grams of plant sterols/stanols daily to reduce high blood cholesterol levels.
Because their recognized health benefits and the convenience and ease of use plant sterols have become popular as an extract included in natural supplements.
A recent analysis of published controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trials of sterol or stanol esters reported an 11% mean reduction in LDL level.
There are over 60 types of plant sterol, but the most common form is beta-sitosterol. Plant sterols are almost identical in chemical structure to cholesterol and are processed by the body in the same way.
They function as cholesterol-lowering agents in blood by blocking the absorption of cholesterol from food during digestion and also by blocking the re-absorption of cholesterol manufactured in the liver.
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health suggests the use of plant sterols in conjunction with other lifestyle changes to enhance LDL cholesterol reduction achieved through diet.
The FDA also published an interim final health claim rule in September, 2000, affirming the benefit of plant sterol and stanol esters in reducing blood cholesterol levels and reducing coronary heart disease risk.
Clinical trials have shown that plant sterols such as beta sitosterol also lower blood concentrations of valuable antioxidants, such as beta-carotene by about 25%, alpha carotene by 10%, and vitamin E by 8%. People who are taking plant sterols should consume more fruit and vegetables or antioxidant vitamins to compensate for these losses.
"When the results of my lipid panel came back in the spring of 2001, my triglycerides were sky high (1723) and my HDL so low (8) that I was frightened enough to try any solution the doctor suggested.
"A combination of a low-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, exercise and the use of high doses of niacin, brought the triglycerides down to a reasonable level; however, nothing seemed to budge the low HDL level to much above 18.
"When we moved out of state, my new doctor insisted that I try a combination of niacin and simvastatin to address what he thought were "unacceptable" numbers. In 2010 I finally caved and agreed to the statin combo drug. Within a year I was unable to walk up and down stairs and couldn't lift myself from a sitting position without holding on to something.
"I immediately stopped the statin/niacin (against the doctor's advice), and I began in earnest scouring the internet for alternative solutions to what for me had been harmful pharmaceutical drugs.
"How fortunate for me that I found the Millen's Vital Heart Health for Life site. I ordered policosanol and within six months my HDL began improving.
My last test, three months ago showed my HDL at 36, not ideal I realize, but for me the best it has ever been. Triglycerides and LDL were also within normal range, and my total cholesterol was 180!
"I am so very thankful that Gene and Bernie Millen continue to offer what I consider life-saving advice and products for those of us who are desperately searching for alternatives to the "traditional" drugs prescribed by most physicians today.
"By the way, for anyone else taking high doses of niacin, I am scheduled for surgery to fuse the joint in my right big toe because of the damage done to it over years of taking 1500 to 2000 mg of niacin a day."...Janelle Carey, Savoy, Illinois
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