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HIGH CHOLESTEROL


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  • High Cholesterol Description
  • High Cholesterol Frequent Signs & Symptoms
  • High Cholesterol Causes
  • High Cholesterol Conventional Medical Treatment
  • Herbal Recommendations
  • Diet & Nutritional Recommendations
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Notify Your Health Practitioner
  • High Cholesterol Supplement Products




  • cholesterol's path through the body


    HIGH CHOLESTEROL DESCRIPTION

    UNDERSTANDING CHOLESTEROL

    Pick up just about any newspaper or magazine these days and you will probably find mention of cholesterol. Everyone seems to be concerned with lowering his or her cholesterol level, and most people would like to know how they can do this. It is first helpful to know how cholesterol is produced and used by the body.

    Cholesterol is a crystalline substance that is technically classified as a steroid. However, because it is soluble in fats rather than in water, it is also classified as a lipid, as fats are. It is found naturally in the brain, nerves, liver, blood, and bile of both humans and vertebrate animals. This is why persons who wish to decrease their cholesterol levels are told to stay away from meat and other foods containing animal products or derived from animals.

    Despite its current unsavory reputation, cholesterol is actually necessary for the proper functioning of the body. About 80-percent of total body cholesterol is manufactured in the liver, while 20-percent comes from dietary sources. It is used by cells to build membranes, and it is also used in sex hormones and in the digestive process. Cholesterol travels from the liver through the blood stream to the various tissues of the body by means of a special class of protein molecules called lipoproteins. The cells take what they need, and any excess remains in the bloodstream until other lipoproteins pick it up for transport back to the liver.

    cholesterol in arteries


    There are two main types of lipoproteins: low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and high-density lipoproteins (HDLs). LDLs are often referred to as "bad cholesterol" and HDLs as "good cholesterol." An analysis of the function of each will explain why. Low-density lipoproteins are heavily laden with cholesterol, because they are the molecules that transport cholesterol from the liver to all the cells of the body. High-density lipoproteins, on the other hand, carry relatively little cholesterol, and circulate in the bloodstream removing excess cholesterol from the blood and tissues. After HDLs travel through the bloodstream and collect the excess cholesterol, they return it to the liver, where it may once again be incorporated into LDLs for delivery to the cells. If everything is functioning as it should, this system remains in balance. However, if there is too much cholesterol for the HDLs to pick up promptly, or if there are not enough HDLs to do the job, cholesterol can form plaque that sticks to artery walls and may eventually cause heart disease.

    The precise ways in which lipoproteins perform their functions are not known, nor is it known whether or how they work with other elements in the body. It is known that persons with high HDL levels and relatively low LDL levels have a lower risk of heart disease. In those who already have clogged arteries or have had a heart attack, an increase in HDL levels and a decrease in LDL levels can result in improvement of arterial obstruction.

    The National Cholesterol Education Program has set the "safe" level of total serum cholesterol (including both LDL and HDL) at 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl). A reading above 200 indicates an increased potential for developing heart disease. A level of 200 to 239 is borderline, and those with levels over 240 are considered at high risk.

    The normal HDL level for adult men in the United States is 45 to 50 mg/dl, and that for women is 50 to 60 mg/dl. It is suggested that higher levels, such as 70 to 80 mg/dl, may protect against heart disease. An HDL level under 35 mg/dl is considered risky. So if you have a cholesterol reading of 200, with HDL at 80 and LDL at 120, you are considered as low risk for heart disease. On the other hand, even if you have a total cholesterol level well under 200, if your HDL level is under 35, you would still be considered at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In other words, as your HDL decreases, your potential for heart problems intensifies, even if your total is on the low side.

    Because LDLs are so undesirable, it is imperative to realize the effect of diet on cholesterol levels. It is only logical that we should decrease our overall cholesterol levels. However, dietary cholesterol is only a part of the story. There are other substances that affect cholesterol levels. Saturated fats, for example, have been shown to increase cholesterol levels even more than dietary cholesterol does - so even if a food product label proclaims "No Cholesterol" the product may still have a negative effect on your cholesterol level. There are other substances that raise cholesterol, too. Sugar and alcohol both raise the level of natural cholesterol (that which the body produces). Although we do need this substance, we do not need to overproduce it, which is what happens when we consume sugar and alcohol. Stress also results in an overproduction of natural cholesterol. Therefore, preventing (or fighting) heart disease requires a comprehensive approach that includes avoiding the consumption of animal products, saturated fats, sugar, and alcohol, and eliminating stress. Elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels lead to plaque-filled arteries, with impeded blood flow to the brain, kidneys, genitals, extremities, and heart. High cholesterol levels are among the primary causes of heart disease, because cholesterol produces fatty deposits in arteries. High cholesterol levels are also implicated in gallstones, impotence, mental impairment, and high blood pressure. Colon polyps and cancer (especially prostate and breast cancer) have also been linked to high serum cholesterol levels.

    Cholesterol levels are greatly influenced by diet. The consumption of foods high in cholesterol and/or saturated fats increases cholesterol levels, while a vegetarian diet, regular exercise, and the nutrients niacin and vitamin C can lower cholesterol.





    HIGH CHOLESTEROL FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    High cholesterol rarely causes symptoms. It is usually detected during a routine blood test that measures cholesterol levels. You may first discover it when you are diagnosed with a condition that is caused in part by high cholesterol, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease.

    Some people with lipid disorders, such as familial hypercholesterolemia, may have other distinct symptoms such as deposits of excess cholesterol that collect in the skin or eye tissue. These cholesterol deposits can also cause nodules in tendons in the hands or feet or, rarely, yellow streaks in the hands.





    HIGH CHOLESTEROL CAUSES

    The following factors may contribute to high cholesterol:
    • A high-fat, high-cholesterol diet.
    • Being overweight, which may increase triglycerides and lower HDL.
    • Lack of physical activity, which may increase LDL and lower HDL.
    • Your age and sex.
    • Health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or hypothyroidism.
    • Your family history.
    • Rarely, high cholesterol is caused by an inherited problem called a lipid disorder that changes the way the body handles cholesterol. People with lipid disorders may have total cholesterol levels well over 250 mg/dL (6.46 mmol/L). A total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dL (5.17 mmol/L) is desirable. Certain types of inherited lipid disorders may be more difficult to treat.
    HIGH CHOLESTEROL RISK FACTORS

    Some risk factors for high cholesterol are within your control; some are not.

    Risk factors you can control:
    • A high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, which may raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.
    • Being overweight, which lowers HDL cholesterol and may raise LDL cholesterol.
    • Lack of regular exercise, which may increase LDL and lower HDL cholesterol.
    • Smoking, which may lower HDL cholesterol by as much as 15 percent.
    • Metabolic syndrome (abnormal physical findings related to the body's metabolism).
    You may be able to control some other conditions that can raise cholesterol, including diabetes.

    Risk factors that you cannot control:
    • Family history.
    • Age and sex.
    It is important to remember that high cholesterol is just one of many risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke. Modifying or reducing all of your risk factors for CAD is important to decrease your risk of heart attack or other diseases.

    HIGH CHOLESTEROL PREVENTION

    Following the tips in the "Living With High Cholesterol" section can help prevent high cholesterol. Since cholesterol levels tend to increase with age, paying attention to diet and exercise is particularly important as you get older.

    Remember that high cholesterol is just one of many risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). Controlling other risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes, is also important to reduce your overall risk.





    HIGH CHOLESTEROL CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    DIAGNOSIS & TESTS

    PHYSICAL EXAM

    A history and physical exam are done to screen for high cholesterol. Your health care provider will also look for other medical conditions that may increase your risk of developing high cholesterol, such as thyroid or kidney disease and diabetes.

    CHOLESTEROL & TRIGLYCERIDES BLOOD TESTS

    A blood test is used to measure total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels. Cholesterol is a type of fat (called a lipid) that the body uses to help build cells and produce certain hormones. However, too much cholesterol in the blood may increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and coronary artery disease (see an illustration of coronary artery disease).

    When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it and other substances may begin to build up along the inside of the artery walls, forming what is known as plaque. A large deposit of plaque may obstruct the flow of blood through the artery, affecting blood flow to the heart, brain, or other vital organs. If unstable plaque tears open, it may trigger the formation of a blood clot in the artery, which can result in a heart attack or stroke.

    Cholesterol travels through the blood attached to a protein. This cholesterol-protein package is called a lipoprotein. Lipoproteins are either high density or low density, depending on how much protein they have in relation to fat. Lipoproteins with more protein than fat are called high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Lipoproteins with more fat than protein are called low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Triglycerides are another type of fat that is usually measured along with cholesterol.

    High-density lipoprotein cholesterol is sometimes called "good" cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps remove LDL cholesterol from the body by binding with it in the bloodstream and carrying it back to the liver for disposal. A high level of HDL cholesterol appears to lower a person's risk of developing heart disease and stroke.

    Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol. LDL cholesterol collects inside the walls of the arteries and often contributes to the formation of plaque. LDL cholesterol is calculated from the total cholesterol, HDL, and triglyceride levels.

    Triglycerides are a type of fat the body uses to store energy. Only a small amount of triglycerides are found in the blood. A high triglyceride level along with high LDL cholesterol may be more of a risk for heart disease than having only a high LDL cholesterol level.

    A total cholesterol test measures the total amount of cholesterol in the blood. Lipoprotein analysis (lipoprotein profile or lipid profile) measures blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Some medical experts recommend routine lipoprotein analysis to screen for lipid disorders, while others may routinely choose to measure only total cholesterol and HDL levels.

    The National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III, or ATP III) recommends a fasting lipoprotein analysis every 5 years for all adults age 20 and older. Total cholesterol and HDL testing is acceptable if the screening sample is non-fasting. However, if the total cholesterol level from a non-fasting sample exceeds 200 mg/dL, or HDL cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL, the ATP III recommends repeat testing with a fasting blood sample.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends total cholesterol and HDL testing for all men age 35 and older and for all women age 45 and older. The USPSTF also recommends routine total cholesterol and HDL testing for men between the ages of 20 and 35 and for women between the ages of 20 and 45 who have risk factors for heart disease.

    CHOLESTEROL & TRIGLYCERIDES TEST

    All of these tests are done on a sample of blood taken from a vein.

  • Total and HDL cholesterol levels can be measured from a blood sample any time of the day, without fasting.

  • To accurately measure the total cholesterol and triglycerides, and to calculate the LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, a fasting blood sample is needed. This test is also called a lipoprotein analysis.

  • If results of the cholesterol and triglycerides test indicate further evaluation is needed, additional tests may be done.

    EVALUATING CHOLESTEROL TEST RESULTS

    Treatment for high cholesterol should not be based on a single LDL cholesterol measurement. Two LDL measurements within a 1- to 8-week period are recommended. If they differ by more than 30 mg/dL, a third measurement is recommended. Treatment is based on the average of the 2 or 3 measurements.

    Two or three measurements of HDL cholesterol are recommended to obtain accurate results. A separate test is not required for HDL cholesterol. It can be measured at the same time as LDL with a blood test.

    LDL Cholesterol:
      LDL cholesterol below 100 mg/dL is optimal.
      LDL cholesterol of 100 mg/dL to 129 mg/dL is near optimal/above optimal.
      LDL cholesterol of 130 mg/dL to 159 mg/dL is borderline high.
      LDL cholesterol of 160 to 189 mg/dL is high.
      LDL cholesterol of 190 mg/dL and above is very high.

    Total Cholesterol:
      A total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.
      A total cholesterol of 200 mg/dL to 239 mg/dL is borderline high.
      A total cholesterol of 240 mg/dL and above is high.

    HDL Cholesterol:
      HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL is low.
      HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL and above is high. HDL levels of 60 and above can help lower your risk for heart disease.

    Triglycerides:
      Triglycerides that are 150 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL are borderline high.
      Triglycerides that are 200 mg/dL or more are high.

    If your test results show you have high cholesterol, a clinical exam is recommended, including medical history, physical exam, and lab tests as needed. An evaluation for secondary causes of high cholesterol, such as an underlying disease, diet, or medication, or for inherited lipid disorders may be done if needed.

    These findings will help a health care provider determine whether follow-up testing should be done or treatment with diet or medication is needed.


    CHOLESTEROL LEVEL SELF-TESTING

    There are several types of self-test devices available that can be used to check your cholesterol level at home. These are often available in drugstores without a prescription or can be purchased online from various companies and distributors. These tests can give a cholesterol level in about 15 minutes, depending on the device used.

    The test contains small test pads or strips that have a chemical reagent zone. When a drop of blood is placed on the surface of the pad, the reagents read with enzymes in the blood and the treated zone changes color. The color of the zone is then matched against a color-coded chart to find the serum cholesterol level. Be aware that the results can be skewed if you wait longer than 5 minutes after blood is drawn to perform the test or if you have taken the test 4 hours after taking a 500 mg dose of Vitamin C or after taking acetaminophen. The major drawback with some of these systems is it may only gives total cholesterol levels, not HDL or LDL levels.

    Some kits have separate reagent test strips to test for triglycerides, HDL and/or LDL levels. Carefully read the test instructions included in the test kit you purchase for accurate interpretations of results. It is helpful to keep a log of test results if your health care provider is having you monitor your levels at home. The self-testing tests are quite reliable with a 97-percent accuracy and are often used in health care provider's offices as a quick method of checking a patient's cholesterol.

    SELF-TESTING KITS AVAILABLE

    Cholesterol Self Testing Kits can be found at Amazon.com. They have a selection of several types and a selection of prices for these home tests.

    Disposable cholesterol kits are available without a prescription. They usually include an alcohol pad, finger stick, and a thermometer-like test strip. Follow package instructions carefully for the most accurate results. Electronic cholesterol kits are also available (similar to blood glucose test devices). These will contain the electronic device, test strips and any other items necessary for completing a test.

    Results are not given as exact numbers. They are stated as desirable (under 200 mg/dL or 5.17 mmol/L); borderline-high (200 mg/dL to 239 mg/dL or 5.17 mmol/L to 6.18 mmol/L); or high risk for heart disease (over 240 mg/dL or 6.21 mmol/L). When used correctly, results from a home test kit can be as accurate as screening tests used in a health care provider's office. Most health care providers will want to verify home screening results before deciding what to do next.

    Main benefits of home screening: Home screening can alert you to a previously unknown high cholesterol level, which can increase your risk for atherosclerosis. If you know you are at risk, you may be more motivated to see a health care provider for follow-up education and testing. Home screening can help you monitor the success of changes you have made in your diet and exercise routine. You should report persistently high cholesterol levels to your health care provider.

    Main drawbacks of home screening: Interpreting cholesterol results can be difficult. Home tests do not give you a precise reading or indication of risk because these tests do not measure HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. This can lead you to be falsely reassured by normal results or needlessly alarmed by abnormal results.

    CHOLESTEROL TESTING QUESTIONS:

    No matter which testing system is used, you may want to ask:
    • What is being measured: total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, or triglycerides?
    • Do I need to fast before the test?
    • How long will it take to get the test results?
    • Will someone be available to explain the results and whether I need further testing?
    • Will I receive educational materials with my test results?
    • How reliable are the results? Is the lab certified? The accuracy and reliability of cholesterol tests vary from lab to lab. Labs participating in the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention standardization testing should be used.
    LOWERING YOUR HIGH CHOLESTEROL USING CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT

    There are two basic ways of lowering your high cholesterol. The first is to modify your lifestyle by changing your diet, managing your weight, increasing exercise, and quitting smoking. The other is to use one or more cholesterol-lowering medications while modifying your lifestyle. Both treatment methods are aimed at lowering LDL ("bad") cholesterol, raising HDL ("good") cholesterol, lowering triglycerides, and reducing other risk factors for heart disease.

    The goal of lowering your cholesterol is to reduce your risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack, stroke, and other disorders caused by atherosclerosis. Treatment is even more critical for those who already have coronary artery disease or diabetes or who have had a heart attack or stroke.

    Treatment will depend on whether you need primary or secondary prevention. Primary prevention means reducing your risk of developing CAD. Secondary prevention is reducing your risk for further complications of CAD when you already have it or if you have another condition equally as serious.

    People who have more than a 20-percent chance of developing CAD over the next 10 years or who already have CAD need to seriously consider aggressive treatment for all of their risk factors for heart disease and stroke. These people are considered to be in the highest risk category and usually need to reduce their cholesterol to a level lower than those at a lesser risk.

    Those at high risk for CAD or who already have CAD are likely to have a greater benefit from medications to lower their cholesterol than those who have a lesser risk. Evidence shows that medications called statins are the most effective type of treatment for reducing cholesterol and the risk for heart attack, stroke, and death in people at high risk for coronary artery disease. For those at a lower risk for CAD, lifestyle changes are more appropriate and cost-effective.

    High cholesterol is an important risk factor for coronary artery disease and stroke; however, it is only one of several risk factors that can contribute to these health problems. Treating other risk factors may be just as important as lowering your cholesterol. Everyone can benefit from exercise, a balanced diet, and efforts to reduce or eliminate their risk factors for heart disease. It is important to work with your health professional to determine your individual risk for heart disease based on all your risk factors, not just your cholesterol level.

    If you need treatment to lower your cholesterol, the first steps usually involve making lifestyle changes. The National Cholesterol Education Panel guidelines recommend Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, which include:
    • Diet.
    • Exercise.
    • Weight loss.

    Also, it is important to treat other conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and to eliminate smoking and other factors that increase the risk of atherosclerosis.

    For people with known heart disease, diabetes, previous heart attack, or stroke, treatment with medication is strongly recommended, especially if diet and exercise are unlikely to lower cholesterol levels to an acceptable range. In these people, cholesterol-lowering medications may help prevent atherosclerosis from getting worse and may lower the risk of having another heart attack, stroke, or death.

    TREATMENT THERAPY DECISIONS

    Diet therapy is most effective for lowering cholesterol in people who have higher-than-average fat intake in their diets.

    A diet and exercise program is the preferred initial treatment for lowering cholesterol in children, young men, and women before menopause. This depends, however, on their risk for coronary artery disease (CAD).

    High cholesterol caused by inherited (genetic) lipid disorders usually is treated aggressively at any age, often by using medications. A recent study showed that a large dose of a statin medication started during hospitalization for heart attack, angina, or unstable angina reduced the chance of developing further episodes of angina requiring hospitalization.

    MEDICATION CHOICES

    Evidence shows that medications, particularly statins, can reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke, and death in some people who have known coronary artery disease (CAD) or diabetes along with high, and even average, cholesterol levels.

    Some people can try diet and exercise for at least 3 months before medications are started. However, those with CAD should start medications immediately. Other people who may need to start treatment with medication as soon as possible include those with a strong family history of early CAD, those with inherited forms of high cholesterol, and those who have peripheral vascular disease or have had a previous heart attack or stroke. Many people at low risk (children or people who have no other CAD risk factors) do not need to take medication to lower their cholesterol.

    Many experts use guidelines established by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) to determine when to begin treatment with medication to lower cholesterol, based on your LDL cholesterol level and risk factors for coronary artery disease. However, each person is different, and so your health professional also may take into account other factors, such as your age, when discussing your treatment options.

    Cholesterol treatment guidelines will continue to evolve as more is learned about who is at highest risk for heart disease and who is most likely to benefit from treatment with medication to lower cholesterol. However, everyone can benefit from a balanced, low-fat diet, regular exercise, and reducing other risk factors, such as smoking.

    NCEP (2001) & AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA)
    MEDICATION GUIDELINES FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL
    :

    The National Cholesterol Education Program's (NCEP) recommendations for medication therapy are based on cholesterol levels and the number of risk factors for heart disease. While these guidelines provide a good starting point for treatment, individual risk assessment is important to determine whether starting medication to lower your cholesterol is appropriate for you.

    For people without known coronary artery disease (CAD) and with one or no risk factors for heart disease, medication may be started when:
    • LDL is 190 mg/dL (4.91 mmol/L) or higher.
    • The goal of medication is to lower LDL below 160 mg/dL (4.14 mmol/L).
    • When LDL cholesterol is between 160 mg/dL and 189 mg/dL (4.14 mmol/L and 4.91 mmol/L), medication may be considered. The goal is still to lower LDL cholesterol to below 160 mg/dL (4.14 mmol/L).
    For people without known coronary artery disease, medication is considered when two or more cardiac risk factors are present, there is a 20-percent or less risk of developing symptomatic CAD within 10 years, and:
    • LDL is 160 mg/dL (4.14 mmol/L) or higher and the 10-year risk is less than 10%.
    • LDL is 130 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/L) or higher and the 10-year risk is between 10% and 20%.
    • The goal of treatment with medication is to lower LDL below 130 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/L).
    • When LDL cholesterol is between 130 mg/dL and 160 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/L and 4.14 mmol/L), diet and exercise are usually emphasized. The goal is still to lower LDL cholesterol below 130 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/L).
    For people with known coronary artery disease, diabetes, or more than a 20-percent risk of developing symptomatic CAD during the next 10 years, medication is considered when:
    • LDL is 130 mg/dL (3.36 mmol/L) or higher.
    • The goal of treatment with medication is to lower LDL to less than 100 mg/dL (2.58 mmol/L).
    • If the LDL cholesterol is between 100 mg/dL and 129 mg/dL (2.58 mmol/L and 3.36 mmol/L), diet and exercise may be tried, but medication may be started sooner if the person has coronary artery disease.
    MEDICATION CONSIDERATIONS

    This information will help you understand your health care choices and what the results may be, whether you choose to share in the decision-making process or to rely on your health care provider's recommendation.

    Key points in making your decision...

    Lowering your high cholesterol can help you prevent a heart attack or stroke. Consider the following when making your decision:
    • High cholesterol is only one of several risk factors for heart disease. To reduce your risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack, you need to reduce all of your risk factors, not just high cholesterol.

    • People who probably should take statins include those with CAD or who are at high risk for CAD and heart attack. The choice is less clear for those with moderately high cholesterol and few risk factors for CAD and heart attack. This group may find this decision point most helpful.


    • Therapeutic lifestyle changes are as important as medication in reducing your risk for CAD and heart attack. For some people, quitting smoking, reducing blood pressure, losing weight, or getting more exercise can have the same or greater impact on lowering cholesterol than taking medication.
    HIGH CHOLESTEROL & CORONARY HEART DISEASE (CAD)

    What is cholesterol, and why is high cholesterol dangerous?

    Cholesterol is a type of fat and is an essential nutrient your body needs for many important functions, such as producing new cells. However, if your cholesterol levels are too high, you may develop atherosclerosis, a buildup of fat and calcium inside your arteries that can cause coronary artery disease (CAD) and lead to heart attack or stroke.

    Your cholesterol levels, especially your LDL cholesterol levels, are a good indication of risk for CAD. However, they need to be assessed with other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, when making a decision about whether to use medication.

    RISK FACTORS FOR CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE (CAD)

    High cholesterol is not the only risk factor for developing CAD. You are at increased risk for CAD if you:
    • Are a man age 45 or older or a woman 55 or older.
    • Have a family history of CAD: CAD in your father or a brother younger than 55 or in your mother or a sister younger than 65.
    • Have smoked any cigarettes within the last 30 days.
    • Have high blood pressure (140/90 or above) or are taking medication for high blood pressure.
    • Have a low HDL cholesterol level (below 40 mg/dL or 0.91 mmol/L).
    CAD EQUIVALENTS

    CAD equivalents are diseases that put you at the same risk for heart attack as having coronary artery disease. They include diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, a diseased carotid artery that causes symptoms, or an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

    If you have any of these conditions, you are at highest risk (in risk category 1) for heart attack.

    OTHER RISK FACTORS

    Other factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack include high homocysteine levels, obesity and lack of regular exercise, menopause and the drop in estrogen that follows it, and metabolic syndrome.

    CALCULATING RISK & MAKING MEDICATION DECISIONS

    An important part of your decision on whether to take statins is determining your risk for coronary artery disease and heart attack. Use one of the following risk calculators from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) to calculate your risk. NOTE: You will have to know your blood pressure, total cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol to use the calculator.

  • Click here to use the ACC/AHA: ASCVD Risk Estimator

  • Click here to use the ACC/AHA: ACVD Risk Calculator

  • Click here to use the ACC CardioSmart: Know Your Cholesterol Calculator

  • Click here to use the Mayo Clinic Heart Risk Calculator

  • Along with medical guidelines for taking medications, your decision to take statins to lower your cholesterol level includes your personal feelings.

    REASONS TO USE MEDICATION
    REASONS NOT TO USE MEDICATION

  • Your LDL cholesterol is over 190.
  • Your total cholesterol is over 240.
  • You have two or more risk factors for CAD or have a CAD equivalent.
  • You are worried about high cholesterol levels and/or coronary artery disease.
  • Medication is easy and convenient to use.
  • You feel that your current diet and activity level are appropriate.

  • List other reasons why you might use medications to lower cholesterol:

  • Your LDL cholesterol is below 100.
  • Your total cholesterol is below 200.
  • You may have to take medication for the rest of your life.
  • You may need periodic blood tests to check liver function
  • You may be able to reduce cholesterol levels through diet and exercise
  • If you are over 82, the long-term benefit for cholesterol-lowering medication has not been proven in medical studies.
  • Medications are expensive if insurance does not pay for them.
  • You may have side effects from taking medication.

  • List other reasons why you might not use medications to lower cholesterol:


    MEDICATION CHOICES

    Statins are the most effective and widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication. They include lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), pravastatin (Pravachol), fluvastatin (Lescol), and Atorvastatin (Lipitor).

    Other medications also lower cholesterol, and some may be used to lower triglycerides or raise HDL. They include:
    • Nicotinic acid (Niac, Niacor, and Slo-Niacin).
    • Fibric acid derivatives: gemfibrozil (Lopid), or fenofibrate (Tricor).
    • Bile acid sequestrants: cholestyramine (Questran) and colestipol (Colestid).
    These medications are sometimes used in combination with a statin.

    MEDICATION
    REASONS TO TAKE
    REASONS NOT TO TAKE
    Statins

    Research shows:

  • Statins reduce LDL by 18 to 55-percent.
  • Statins increase HDL by 5 to 15-percent.
  • Statins reduce triglycerides by 7 to 30-percent.
  • Statins reduce CAD, deaths from CAD, and deaths from heart attack in people who have had previous heart attacks. Those who benefit most from cholesterol-lowering medication are those at the greatest risk for another heart attack.
  • Statins are beneficial for a wide range of LDL levels. They lower risk significantly among those at highest risk for CAD, even if LDL levels are moderate.

  • You may have side effects, such as fatigue, upset stomach, gas, constipation, and abdominal pain or cramps.
  • Regular blood tests are recommended to check liver function while taking statins.
  • Muscle pain (rhabdomyolysis) may occur (rare).
  • There is no proven benefit in those over age 82.


  • Use this worksheet to help you make your decision. After completing it, you will have a better idea of how you feel about taking medication to lower cholesterol levels. Discuss the worksheet with your health care provider. Circle the answer that best applies to you.


    My health care provider has told me that my risk for CAD is high.
    Yes No Unsure

    My LDL cholesterol level is above 190.
    Yes No Unsure

    The NCEP guidelines recommend that I take medication.
    Yes No Unsure

    I have the finances and/or insurance to pay for medication.
    Yes No Unsure

    I worry about my cholesterol levels.
    Yes No Unsure

    I worry about getting CAD or having a heart attack.
    Yes No Unsure

    I believe that medication can help me.
    Yes No Unsure

    I am comfortable with taking medications long-term or for the rest of my life.
    Yes No Unsure

    I feel I can cope with the side effects of cholesterol-lowering medication
    Yes No Unsure

    Having to take regular blood tests for liver function doesn't bother me.
    Yes No Unsure

    Medication that I'm currently taking does not interfere with medication to lower cholesterol.
    Yes No NA*

    Diet and exercise have not helped me lower my cholesterol.
    Yes No NA*

    I have difficulty staying on a diet.
    Yes No NA*

    I have difficulty staying with an exercise regimen.
    Yes No NA*

    *NA = Not Applicable

    Use the following space to list any other important concerns you have about this decision.


     

     

     

     

     



    WORKSHEET RESULTS

    Your answers in the above worksheet are meant to give you a general idea of where you stand on this decision. You may have one overriding reason to use or not use medications.


    REFERENCES

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  • SURGERY

    Most people who have high cholesterol can be successfully treated with medication and lifestyle changes. In rare cases, however, when medication cannot lower your cholesterol to an acceptable level, your health care provider may recommend a partial ileal bypass. This surgery bypasses the last section of the small intestine, which prevents bile acids from being absorbed and lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

    THERAPEUTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGES (TLC)

    Eating a sensible diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and getting moderate exercise are important ways you can lower your high cholesterol level. For many people, these lifestyle changes may be all that is needed to decrease LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.

    However, because of genetic reasons, you may not be able to reduce your cholesterol level, even when following a strict diet and a proper exercise routine. In this case, you may need medication to reduce your lifetime risk of coronary artery disease.

    As part of the treatment for high cholesterol, your health professional may recommend using the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Institutes of Health. These lifestyle changes include:
    • The TLC cholesterol-lowering diet.
    • Exercise.
    • Weight loss, if needed.
    The TLC diet is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, recommending that less than 7-percent of your daily calories come from saturated fat and that you eat no more than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day. Also, the TLC plan recommends increasing soluble fiber and, if needed, adding plant stanols and sterols to your diet. Plant sterols are found in small quantities in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes, and other plant sources. Plant stanols come from some of the same sources. Vegetable oils, for example, contain plant sterols and stanols. Plant stanols and sterols are available in salad dressings and margarines, such as Benecol and Take Control. They are safe for children with genetic high cholesterol, but pregnant women need to avoid them.

    Generally, saturated fats and cholesterol are found in animal products, such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and milk products, and eggs. Other examples include butter, margarine, sour cream, salad dressings, marinades, mayonnaise, shortening, and many snack foods and desserts. Snack foods often contain a lot of saturated fat, unless a special effort has been made to use unsaturated vegetable oil.

    Plant foods, such as grains, fruits, and vegetables, usually contain very little fat and no cholesterol. Plant fats, such as vegetable oils, are usually low in saturated fats unless they have been hydrogenated. Hydrogenation is a process to make the fats solid or semisolid.

    Some foods, especially saturated fats, tend to increase total cholesterol levels. Many foods contain both saturated fats and cholesterol.

    See Home Treatment below for more information about the TLC diet:
    • Meat and the low-fat diet.
    • Soy protein.
    • Fiber.
    • Fish and fish oil.
    • Antioxidants, flavonoids, and red wine.
    • Cholesterol-lowering margarines.
    Be careful of Very-low-fat diets. Although very-low-fat diets may indeed lower cholesterol levels, they are not recommended. Very-low-fat diets usually allow less than 15-percent of total calories from fat. A cholesterol-reducing diet allows 25 to 35-percent of calories to come from fat. A diet with less than 25-percent of its calories from fat can increase triglycerides and decrease HDL (good) cholesterol. Such a diet may deplete your body of other important nutrients and vitamins.

    MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOME TREATMENT

  • Change your diet. See the TLC Diet, Herbal, Diet & Nutrition, and Supplements recommendations for more healthful nutritional information.

  • Avoid stress and sustained tension as much as possible. Learn stress management techniques. See Stress for more information.

  • Get regular moderate exercise. Always consult with your health care provider before beginning any new exercise program.

  • There are a number of cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market. Available by prescription only, these tend to be costly and they can have serious side effects. These drugs should only be used as last resort. The sensible way to keep the serum fats within a safe range is to follow a diet that excludes animal fats (including meat, milk, and all dairy products) and includes ample amounts of fiber and bulk (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables).

  • Certain drugs can elevate cholesterol levels. These include steroids, oral contraceptives, furosemide (Lasix) and other diuretics, and levodopa (L-dopa, sold under the brand names Dopar, Larodopa, and Sinemet), which is used to treat Parkinson's disease. Beta-blockers often prescribed to control high blood pressure, can cause unfavorable changes in the ratio of LDL to HDL in the blood.

  • Studies have shown that so-called Third World diets, which consists of grains, fruits, and vegetables, result in lower blood cholesterol levels. In the United States and Northern Europe, where people consume large amounts of meat and dairy products, extremely high rates of heart and circulatory disease are present. Even children in these nations show signs of progressive vascular disease due to hypercholesterolemia (an excess of cholesterol in the blood).

  • Some people claim that taking Charcoal Tablets lowers blood cholesterol. However, charcoal also absorbs good nutrients along with the cholesterol. Activated charcoal should not be consumed daily, and it should not be taken at the same time as other supplements or medications.

  • Fish Oil Capsules have been recommended to lower cholesterol, but fish oil is 100 percent fat, and the evidence is lacking that the ingestion of fish oil reduces serum fats. Although, fish oil is high in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, which are good for you and your health.

  • Sunlight, or rather the lack of it, has been shown to have adverse effects of cholesterol levels. Sunlight helps our bodies to produce Vitamin D, necessary for a healthy immune system.

  • Some people have hereditary disorders that prevent even the healthiest diet from lowering LDL levels. For these people, researchers are working on a device that uses an enzyme to break down LDL and accelerate its removal before it can fasten onto artery walls to form plaque. The device would be implanted under the skin to control the LDL levels in the blood.

  • There are opposing theories about high cholesterol levels. Some medical practitioners believe that it has little to do with heart disease and that a direct correlation has never been established. Studies in India, Guatemala, Poland, and in the United States claim to have proved that there is no relationship between atherosclerosis and cholesterol levels. However, it is probably wise to take cholesterol levels seriously, and also to consider other tests that may help in the assessment of your risk factors for developing heart disease.

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    THERAPEUTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGES (TLC) DIET FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

    People have varying degrees of success in lowering their cholesterol by changing their diets. People who have high cholesterol because they eat too many fatty foods may be able to lower their cholesterol 10 to 20-percent with diet changes alone, while others may only achieve a 5 to 8-percent reduction. Those who are most successful using diet changes to lower their cholesterol are those who lose excess weight. Diet changes are usually the first step in lowering cholesterol before medications are added.

    The TLC diet is recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the National Institutes of Health. The diet's main focus is to reduce the amount of saturated fats you eat because they elevate your cholesterol. You can reduce the saturated fats in your diet by limiting the amount of meat and milk products you consume. Choose low-fat products from those food groups instead. Replace most of the animal fats in your diet with unsaturated fats, especially mono-unsaturated oils, such as olive, canola, or peanut. Mono-unsaturated fat lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol if substituted for saturated fat and keeps HDL ("good") cholesterol up.

    The TLC diet calls for less than 7-percent of your daily calories to come from saturated fat and that you eat no more than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol per day. However, the diet allows 25 to 35-percent of daily calories from fat, mainly from unsaturated fats. Your diet should include only enough calories to maintain a desired weight and avoid weight gain.

    FOOD GROUP
    NUMBER OF SERVINGS
    SERVING SIZE

    Lean Meat
    Poultry
    Fish
    Dry Beans
    & Dry Peas

    Limit to 5 ounces total per day.

    5 ounces maximum per day of lean meat, poultry, or fish.

    Substitute 1/2 cup dry beans or peas for one ounce of meat.

    Eggs

    Limit to 2 yolks per week.

    1 whole egg. Egg whites or substitutes are not limited.

    Low-Fat Milk & Milk Products

    2 to 3 per day.

    1 cup nonfat or 1-percent milk.
    1 cup nonfat or low-fat yogurt.
    1 ounce fat-free or low-fat cheese (3 grams of fat or less per ounce).

    Fruits

    2 to 4 per day.

    1 piece fruit, such as apple, orange, or banana.
    1/2 cup canned fruit.
    1 cup berries or melon.
    3/4 cup fruit juice.

    Vegetables

    3 to 5 per day.

    1 cup raw leafy greens.
    1/2 cup cooked or raw vegetables.
    3/4 cup vegetable juice.

    Bread, Cereals, Pasta, Rice, & Other Grains

    6 to 11 per day.

    1 slice of bread.
    1/2 hot dog or hamburger bun, bagel, or English muffin.
    1 ounce cold cereal.
    1/2 cup cooked pasta, rice, noodles, or other grains.

    Fats & Oils

    6 or 8 per day.

    1 teaspoon oil, such as canola, olive, peanut, corn, or safflower oil.
    1 teaspoon soft margarine.
    1 tablespoon salad dressing.
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise.
    2 tablespoons nuts or seeds.

    Sweets & Snacks

    Within calorie limit.

    Choose snacks that are low in fat or are made with unsaturated fats.

    Adapted from the food guide pyramid to help you plan a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.


    NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF THE TLC DIET FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

    The therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) cholesterol-reducing diet is based on reducing saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Here are the recommended amounts of nutrients.
    • Saturated Fat: Less than 7-percent of total calories.
    • Polyunsaturated Fat: Up to 10-percent of total calories.
    • Mono-unsaturated Fat: Up to 20-percent of total calories.
    • Carbohydrate: 50 to 60-percent of total calories.
    • Fiber: 20 to 30 grams per day.
    • Protein: Approximately 15-percent of total calories.
    • Cholesterol: Less than 200 mg per day.
    • Total Calories: Balance calorie intake and expenditure to maintain desirable body weight and prevent weight gain.
    SUCCESS TIPS WITH THE THERAPEUTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGE (TLC) DIET

    Use the following tips for success with the cholesterol-lowering therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) diet.
    • Work with your health care provider on a plan for lowering cholesterol through diet.
    • Gather detailed, easy-to-understand educational materials about the diet.
    • Gather information about menus, cooking classes, support groups, books, and videos.
    • Get support from your family in making changes in your diet.
    • Think ahead and make realistic and customized meal plans.
    • Get the help of a registered dietitian if you have questions about the TLC diet.
    • Change the way you plan, prepare, and eat every meal.
    • Learn how to read and interpret food labels. Look for the amount of saturated fat per serving, and determine its percentage of your total saturated fat intake for the day. "Low-fat" does not always mean what it seems. Some labels measure fat content by weight rather than as a percentage of the calories in a serving.
    • Limit fast foods. It can be difficult to choose a low-fat alternative.
    • Exercise. Always consult your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
    SAMPLE MENU FOR THE TLC DIET FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

    Here is a sample one-day menu for the therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) diet. The menu contains approximately 2,200 calories, with 25-percent of calories from total fat (5-percent from saturated fat, 13-percent from mono-unsaturated fat, and 7-percent from polyunsaturated fat).

    Breakfast

    1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 cup nonfat milk
    1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1 sliced banana
    Caffe latte made with 1 cup nonfat milk
    Lunch

    Sandwich made from 2 slices whole wheat bread
    2 ounces lean turkey
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    lettuce
    Snack

    1 cup low-fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup mixed raisins and peanuts
    Dinner

    3 ounces baked or broiled salmon
    1 cup cooked brown rice
    1 cup cooked broccoli
    1 tablespoon olive oil (used in cooking)
    Salad made with 1.5 cups romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cucumber, 1 tablespoon vinegar & oil dressing
    1 slice Italian bread with 1 teaspoon soft margarine
    Snack

    1 sliced peach with 1 cup nonfat milk




    EXERCISE, HIGH CHOLESTEROL & HEART DISEASE

    All people, and especially those with high cholesterol, should exercise at least 30 minutes on most if not all days. Exercise is a very effective way of reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and high cholesterol. Regular exercise:
    • Raises HDL cholesterol levels.
    • May lower LDL cholesterol levels.
    • Can help overweight people lose weight.
    • Lowers blood pressure in some people.
    There is growing evidence that regular physical activity protects against coronary artery disease. Added benefits of regular exercise include:
    • Mental well-being and stress relief.
    • Increased flexibility, if stretching is done afterwards.
    • Increased bone strength, if the exercise includes weight-bearing exercises, such as jogging or lifting weights.
    Customize your exercise program according to your fitness level, the health of your heart, and your personal preferences. Aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling, racquetball) is best. Some people, especially those with a history of CAD, should discuss their exercise plans with their health care providers before starting a vigorous fitness program.

    Exercise is especially important for those with high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels, and a large waist (metabolic syndrome). A large waist is more than 40 inches for men and more than 35 inches for women.

    WEIGHT LOSS, HIGH CHOLESTEROL & HEART DISEASE

    If you are overweight, you can lower the risk of developing coronary artery disease by losing weight. Benefits of weight loss include:
    • Reducing LDL cholesterol.
    • Increasing HDL cholesterol.
    • Lowering blood pressure.
    • Improving your body's use of blood sugar (glucose) and helping to prevent or control diabetes.
    • Lowering triglycerides.
    Even small amounts of weight loss enhance the LDL cholesterol reduction that results from a low-fat diet. A weight loss of 5 lb (2.27 kg) to 10 lb (4.54 kg) can double the LDL cholesterol reduction of a low-fat diet.

    Increasing physical activity and reducing calorie intake are the keys to long-term weight reduction. The goals for a weight-loss program need to be practical and individualized.

    Losing weight is especially important if you have high triglyceride levels and low HDL levels and are overweight with a large waist measurement (metabolic syndrome). This means more than a 40-inch waist for men and more than 35 inches for women.

    If you are trying to lose weight, it is recommended that you lose no more than 1 pound (0.45 kg) per week. This can be done by reducing the daily calorie intake by 250 calories and increasing exercise to burn 250 calories a day (for a net reduction of 500 calories per day).

    Very low-calorie diets (500 to 800 calories a day) and rapid weight-loss programs usually do not work in the long run and can be harmful.





    HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Cayenne (capsicum), Goldenseal, and Hawthorn Berries help to lower cholesterol. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.

  • Spirulina, taken on a daily basis, has been shown to lower cholesterol. Use as directed on label. Take between meals.

  • garlic to fight cholesterol

    FOODS FOR HEALTH


    Garlic, Onions, Cayenne, Ginger, Turmeric and Curry have all been shown to improve cholesterol. Try to use onions daily in meal preparation. Garlic and Ginger Root are healthful spices to have on hand and use regularly.



  • Cinnamon has been shown to lower cholesterol. Use of Cinnulin PF is recommended rather than the culinary spice. If you are pregnant, do not take cinnamon as a dietary supplement. Small amounts used for culinary use is okay.

  • artichokes to fight cholesterol

    ARTICHOKES TO FIGHT CHOLESTEROL


    Artichoke Leaves contain a large quantity of bitters that can reduce cholesterol levels and promote liver function. Preparations with Artichoke Extract may be purchased in health-food stores. Many bitter herbs, such as Oregon Grape, Dandelion and Burdock, can also be of great help.





    DIET, NUTRITION & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

    Cholesterol is important for the health of every cell in the body. It helps the liver to digest fat, plays a role in sex hormones and maintains supple skin. Interestingly, we do not need food to supply us with cholesterol. The liver makes all the body requires. In fact, when combined amounts from food and the body push the cholesterol levels increasingly upward, this fat-like substance can become a serious hazard. The two types of cholesterol are both lipoproteins, compounds of protein and cholesterol originating in the liver. "Bad" cholesterol, low-density (LDLs) are metabolized by the cells; their by-products are later excreted. Excess cholesterol that the liver can not digest and excrete can build up in the arteries and lead to arteriosclerosis. "Good" cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), however, pick up cholesterol so it can be excreted. To prevent high levels of LDLs, eliminated foods high in saturated fats. Also, exercise can keep levels under control.

    High cholesterol is directly related to conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, Arteriosclerosis, Cardiovascular Disease, circulatory Problems, Heart Attack, Hypertension, and Osteoporosis. These conditions are discussed throughout this website. It is recommended that you refer to all the various webpages on these interrelated diseases to educate yourself about all aspects of, and contributing factors to high cholesterol.

    What you can do is to protect yourself from high cholesterol levels with a healthful diet that includes plenty of fiber and very few saturated fats. Also, exercise regularly, and lose those extra pounds if you are overweight. A regular walking routing is a good choice of exercise and helps to keep your weight under control. Limit alcohol use, and if you smoke, stop.

    Every adult should be checked for cholesterol levels at least every five years. If you are at high risk, if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure or if you have a family history of coronary-artery disease, you should have your levels checked yearly. Elevated levels of cholesterol are a first warning sign for your risk of arteriosclerosis, heart attack or stroke. To reduce the risk, begin a diet and exercise program. Discuss with your health care provider any guidelines you need to follow. Monitor your cholesterol levels regularly.

    garlic to fight cholesterol

    GARLIC TO FIGHT CHOLESTEROL


    Compounds in Garlic can help improve the ratio of HDLs to LDLs. Several cloves of garlic taken daily are enough to reduce the amount of fat in the blood. Or, you can take 2 Garlic Tablets or Capsules 1 to 3 times daily.


    CHOLESTEROL & DIET OVERVIEW

    Diet is the first defense against high cholesterol. Cut back on red meats, fried foods, dairy and processed fats; eat lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains, since roughage sometimes encourages the body to get rid of excess cholesterol. Pectin, found in apples, can also help to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. Use unsaturated fats, such as Safflower or Corn oil, in cooking. Soy Bean products, such as tofu, are high in protein and low in fat. Avoid the over-consumption of caffeine and alcohol.

    Apple pectin helps remove cholesterol from the bloodstream.


  • Include in the diet the following foods, which aid in lowering cholesterol: Almonds, Apples, Bananas, Carrots, Cold-Water Fish, Dried Beans, Garlic, Grapefruit, Salmon, and Strawberries.

  • Make sure to take in plenty of Fiber in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Water-soluble dietary fiber is very important in reducing serum cholesterol. The soluble fiber in legumes, vegetables and fruits is especially beneficial in helping to reduce cholesterol. Soluble fiber binds to fats and makes them easier to eliminate. Fiber is found in Barley, Beans, Brown Rice, Glucomannan, Guar Gum, and Oats. Oat bran and brown rice bran are the best foods for lowering cholesterol. Whole-grain cereals (in moderation) and brown rice are good as well. Eat plenty of Kidney Beans & Split Peas, Apples, Carrots, Corn, and Broccoli. The insoluble fiber in whole grains is also important to include in your diet, since it fosters healthy digestion and elimination. Since fiber absorbs the minerals from the food it is in, take extra minerals separately from the fiber.

  • Drink fresh juices, especially Carrot, Celery, and Beet juices. Carrot juice helps to flush out fat from the bile in the liver and this helps lower cholesterol. See Juicing for more information.

  • Go on a monthly Spirulina fast, with Carrot and Celery juice or Lemon and steam-distilled or quality bottled Water. See Fasting for more information.

  • Use only unrefined cold-pressed or expeller-pressed oils. Cold-pressed oil are those that have never been heated above 110°F during processing - at this temperature, enzyme destruction begins. Use vegetable oils that are liquid at room temperature, such as Olive, Soybean, Flaxseed, Evening Primrose, and Black Currant Seed Oil. Olive Oil is recommended.

  • Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil appears to help reduce serum cholesterol. A monounsaturated-fatty-acid-rich diet that includes olive oil may be the reason for the low serum cholesterol levels found in people living in Italy and Greece.

  • Do not eat any nuts except for raw, unsalted Pecans, Walnuts and Almonds, which can be eaten in moderation. Eat walnuts only if they are raw and have been kept tightly sealed or refrigerated; do not eat them if they have been roasted (or otherwise subjected to heat) or exposed to air (such as those found in open bins in shopping mall kiosks and candy stores). Almonds are rich in the amino acid arginine, and were found in one study to cut cholesterol levels by 16 points over a 4 week period.

  • Reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Saturated fats include all fats of animal origin as well as coconut and palm kernel oils. Eliminate from the diet all hydrogenated fats and hardened fats and oils such as margarine, lard, and butter. Margarine that contains plant sterols, however, are a relatively healthy option. Consume no heated fats or processed oils, and avoid animal products (especially pork and pork products) and fried fatty foods. Always read food product labels carefully. You may consume non-fat milk, low-fat cottage cheese, and skinless white poultry meat (preferably turkey), but only in moderation.

  • Meat and dairy products are primary sources of dietary cholesterol. Vegetables and fruits are free of cholesterol.

    The body does need some fats, but they must be the right kind. Good fats supply Essential Fatty Acids, which are a very important link in our health chain. The highly unsaturated essential fatty acids, which the body cannot produce, lower heart disease risks. They replace undesirable fats and help to reduce the synthesis of LDLs. Fats supply energy, and they stay in the digestive tract for longer periods than proteins or carbohydrates, giving a feeling of fullness. They act as an intestinal lubricant, generate body heat, and carry the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the body. The protective myelin sheaths that protect nerve fibers are composed of fats. All cell membranes are composed of fats as well. Unfortunately, most Americans consume much too much of the wrong fats - that is, saturated, hydrogenated, and heated fats - which are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. Essential fatty acids are mostly in Ocean Fish and in Flaxseed, Evening Primrose, Borage-Seed, Grape-Seed and other similar oils. Eat 3 servings of fish a week, take Omega-3 supplements or take a tablespoon of one of the above oils.

    Many fast-food restaurants use beef tallow (fat) to make their hamburgers, fish, chicken, and French-fried potatoes. Not only do these fried foods contain high amounts of cholesterol, but this fat is subjected to high temperatures in the deep-frying process, resulting in oxidation and the formation of free radicals. Heating fat, especially frying food in fat, also produces toxic trans-fatty acids, which seem to behave much like saturated fats in clogging the arteries and raising blood cholesterol levels.

    Many people use margarine or vegetable shortening as substitutes for butter because they contain no cholesterol. However, these products contain compounds called cis- and trans-fatty acids that become oxidized when exposed to heat and can clog the arteries. They have been linked to the formation of damaging free radicals.

  • Do not consume alcohol, cakes, candy, carbonated drinks, coffee, gravies, non-dairy creamers, pies, processed or refined foods, refined carbohydrates, tea, tobacco, or white bread.

  • Red wine may help to elevate the level of HDL in the blood and thereby provide some protection against heart disease. Drink 1 glass of red wine every day. However, if you currently do not consume any alcohol in your diet, do not start drinking it just for this purpose. If you are pregnant, do not consume any alcohol.

    In large amounts, coffee can elevate blood cholesterol levels, more than doubling the risk of heart disease. According to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine, observation of 15,000 coffee drinkers revealed that as the intake of coffee rises, the amount of cholesterol in the blood goes up.

    Cream substitutes (non-dairy creamers) are actually poor alternatives to cholesterol-heavy dairy products. Many contain coconut oil, which is a highly saturated fat. Soy milk or almond milk is preferable.

  • Avoid gas-forming foods such as Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Sweet Pickles.

  • Kombucha Tea, which has energizing, detoxifying, and immune-boosting properties, may help to lower cholesterol levels. See Kombucha Tea for more information.

  • Antioxidants provide the cells with the nutrients they require to prevent excess cholesterol and other fats from building up in the body tissues. Supplement your diet with Vitamin A & Beta Carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E and the mineral Selenium. Also, Niacin has the ability to help lower cholesterol, but do not take it in large amounts - it can lead to liver damage.

  • VITAMIN THERAPY FOR HEART DISEASE

    Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. As the most active muscle in the body, the heart requires proper nutrition. Poor nourishment has a profound effect on the heart. Research has shown that as people age, their eating habits get worse, thus increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease. In this case supplementation has to be resorted to provide the body with the proper nutrition.

    SUPPLEMENT CAUTIONS:
  • If you are pregnant, or intend to get pregnant, or if you have liver disease, consult your midwife or health care provider before taking supplemental vitamin A. Do not take more that 10,000 IU daily Vitamin A during pregnancy.

  • If you have high blood pressure, limit your intake of supplemental vitamin E to a total of 400 international units daily.

  • If you are taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner), consult your health care provider before taking supplemental vitamin E.



  • BIOFLAVONOIDS: These are a group of compounds that provide color to citrus fruits and vegetables. In conjunction with Vitamin C, some bioflavonoids are potent antioxidants to improve the strength of small blood vessels or capillaries. They prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood and prevent the clotting of the blood by making the blood less thick.


    BETACAROTENE: Beta carotene is the plant form of Vitamin A. It can be converted into vitamin A by the body. Beta carotene, as an antioxidant, protects against heart disease by inhibiting the conversion of LDL into its more dangerous, oxidized form. One study found that 50 mg of Beta Carotene taken every other day reduced the incidence of major coronary and vascular events. Beta Carotene is found in yellow-orange fruits and vegetables. Beta Carotene recommended daily dosage is 15 mg or 25,000 IU.


    VITAMIN C: Recent research has shown that taking plenty of Vitamin C provides more protection against heart disease than either maintaining a low blood cholesterol or eating a low fat diet. Recommended dosage of Vitamin C is 1000 to 5000 mg. It is believed that the beneficial effect of Vitamin C is from a variety of factors:
    • Vitamin C plays a role in the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids. If vitamin C is lacking, less cholesterol is converted. Instead, the cholesterol may build up in the arteries, blood and liver.
    • Vitamin C is needed for the normal metabolism of blood fats. It builds the collagen that helps to keep artery walls strong.
    • Vitamin C reduces the high blood pressure and reduces the hardening of the arteries.
    • Vitamin C affects the levels of glutathione in the blood. Glutathione is a compound that helps guard against heart disease. Lower levels of Vitamin C was found to result in lower levels of glutathione in the blood stream.
    • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to control the free radicals and other oxidants that can convert LDL into its more dangerous, artery-clogging form.
    • Vitamin C supplementation drives down cholesterol in people with high cholesterol and low levels of Vitamin C in the blood. Adding Pectin, or other agents that bind cholesterol, increases the effect.
    • The level of vitamin C in the blood has been found to be related to the CHD-related angina pain. The higher the level of Vitamin C, the less pain. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries and sweet red peppers.



    VITAMIN E: Vitamin E is believed to prevent the oxidation of LDL, the bad cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. The vitamin may play a role in regulating the way that cells lining the arteries proliferate and repair themselves, and may protect them from the damaging oxidants. This helps to prevent the formation of blockages on the artery walls. Vitamin E supplementation may increase the protective HDL. The amount of vitamin E in the blood may be inversely related to the death from heart attacks. In other words, a greater level of vitamin E in the blood may translate to a lower risk of death.

    Vitamin E strengthens the immune system and heart muscle, improves circulation, and destroys free radicals. Caution: Use this supplement only under the supervision of a health care provider. Recommended Dosage: Start with 100 to 200 IU daily and increase slowly, adding 100 IU each week until daily dosage is 800 to 1,000 IU. If you take an anticoagulant drug, do not exceed 400 IU daily. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.


    SELENIUM: The amount of selenium in the blood and red blood cells may be related to the risk of CHD and heart attacks. The lower the level of selenium, the more the risk. Selenium activates glutathione proxidase, one of the most potent antioxidants, that prevents the free radicals from attacking LDL cholesterol and prevent its conversion into its more artery-damaging, oxidized form. Selenium also helps to "thin" the blood. When the blood is "thin," there is less chance that unnecessary blood clots will form and trigger a heart attack by lodging in an already-narrowed artery. Lower levels of selenium has also been linked to higher levels of the incidence of stroke. A 1982 study of 11,000 men and women in Finland found that people with low blood selenium levels had an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. After accounting for other risk factors, 22-percent of the heart attack deaths in this population were attributed to low selenium levels. Another study of Finnish men in 1991 linked low selenium levels to atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries. A recent study has shown that those who had higher selenium levels in the blood had 60-percent lower risk of heart disease than people who had lower levels of this mineral. When patients who had heart attacks were treated with selenium or selenium-rich yeast, they had fewer second attacks than those who were given a placebo. Good sources of selenium include barley, shrimp and whole grains. Recommended Dosage (RDA) for selenium is 70 mcg for men, and 55 mcg for women. If you are at high risk for heart disease, you may take 200 mcg daily under professional supervision. However, it you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Selenium is provided by many foods including tomatoes, poultry, shellfish, garlic, meat, and egg yolks.


    NIACIN (VITAMIN B-3): Recently, Niacin has got publicity for reducing cholesterol. It has also been found effective in reducing the incidence of second heart attack by 30-percent. Higher levels of Niacin can lead to hot flushes and liver damage. So, be very careful when taking therapeutical doses of this vitamin. Consult a qualified person before starting this treatment. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure. Recommended Dosage is 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 200 mg daily if you have a history of rheumatic heart disease or other valvular heart problem.


    VITAMIN B-6 (PYRIDOXINE): Pyridoxine deficiency has been linked to heart disease. Extremely important for formation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters. Animal studies have shown that diets deficient in Vitamin B-6 can lead to hardened, narrowed arteries. This may be because B-6 helps to prevent the unnecessary blood clots that can block arteries. B-6 is also necessary to control homocysteine that appears to damage artery linings and encourage heart disease. Recommended Dosage is 50 mg daily. Vitamin B-6 is found in whole grains, lentils and sweet potatoes.


    FOLIC ACID: Recent studies have shown that folic acid can ward of heart attacks and strokes. A deficiency of Folic Acid can increase the risk of heart disease 200 to 300 percent. Folic Acid was shown to break down homocysteine, an amino acid. Homocysteine was shown to increase the risk of heart attack by 300 percent. Higher levels of homocysteine were found to cause significant blockages in the carotid arteries. (Carotid arteries are found in the neck. They deliver blood to the brain.) Ten percent of all heart disease in the United States is believed to be from high levels of homocysteine. Hence Folic Acid, which breaks down homocysteine, is a very important deterrent to the heart disease. It is found in foods such as navy beans, broccoli, orange juice, green leafy vegetables, fruits and legumes. Recommended Dosage is 400 mcg daily.


    VITAMIN B-12: Shortage of Vitamin B-12 has been associated with elevated levels of the dangerous homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine can damage the inner surface of arteries. This can be treated and/or prevented with vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6 and folic acid. Many cardiologists are now using B-vitamins to help prevent coronary artery disease.


    CALCIUM: In the proper amounts, calcium may help to keep cholesterol under control and may prevent dangerous blood clots. Too much calcium may increase the risk of heart disease, especially if there is too much calcium in relation to magnesium. Sources of calcium include milk, sardines (with bones) and cheese.


    MAGNESIUM: A lack of magnesium has been linked to an increased risk of CHD, heart attacks and improper heartbeats. Many health care providers report using magnesium as a first-line treatment for treating irregular heart rhythms. Magnesium supplementation may reduce the total cholesterol, increase the beneficial HDL and prevent unnecessary "clumping" in the blood that can trigger a heart attack. The mineral may also reduce the symptoms of angina or may prevent future attacks. What is remarkable is that magnesium is beneficial even when a heart attack is in progress. In a study involving 2,300 people, some patients were given magnesium injections while they were having heart attacks. The injections cut the death rate by 25-percent. Magnesium can be found in almonds, parsley and spinach. Caution: An excess of magnesium can cause diarrhea. If you develop loose stools, reduce the dosage slightly until you arrive at the best dosage for your body. If you suspect a heart attack, get medical attention immediately. Magnesium supplement dosage is 400 mg per day.

    Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B-6 should be taken together for proper absorption and effectiveness. Recommended Dosage: 1,500 to 2,000 mg calcium daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime. 750 to 1,000 mg magnesium daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6.


    CHROMIUM: Chromium is a trace metal that is vital to human health. Nutritionists are not sure exactly what chromium does in the body or how much is needed to maintain health. Chromium supplements were found to help raise HDL cholesterol levels - an important benefit in CHD. Chromium is important for normal metabolic functions, particularly for carbohydrate metabolism. It plays a significant role in regulating blood sugar. A Recommended Daily Allowance has not been established for chromium. A daily intake of 50 to 200 micrograms is often recommended. It is estimated that 50 to 90 percent of Americans are not getting enough chromium in their diets. Trace amounts of chromium are present in many foods. The best dietary source is brewers yeast, which contains chromium in the form of GTF (glucose tolerance factor). Other good sources of chromium include peanuts, legumes, and whole grains.

    Chromium deficiency was found to increase the blood cholesterol levels of rats. Chromium supplementation, on the other hand, was found to bring the cholesterol values back down. More impressively, some rats were found to actually develop fatty plaques of atherosclerosis in their arteries as a result of chromium deficiency. Between 1968 and 1982 at least 6 independent trials investigated the effects of chromium supplements on blood cholesterol levels in healthy volunteers. Chromium supplements appeared to produce small reductions in serum cholesterol levels. What was significant, though, was that HDL levels rose by an average of 10 percent. A 1978 study checked blood chromium levels in patients undergoing coronary angiograms and found that low chromium levels could account for 17 percent of their atherosclerotic lesions, even after considering cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors. In a 1991 study, 63 men in North Carolina suffering from hypertension and taking beta-blockers were studied. (Beta blockers are known to lower HDL and raise LDL cholesterol levels.) Half the volunteers received chromium, while the others took a placebo. Complete cholesterol profiles were obtained at the start of the trial and after 2 months of treatment. The results were significant: chromium supplements boosted HDL cholesterol levels by an average of nearly 6 points, a 16-percent increase. No changes occurred in total cholesterol, triglycerides, or body weight. No side effects were observed.

    According to Harvey Simon, MD of Harvard Medical School, a 6-point increase in HDL, which was achieved in the chromium trial, should reduce the risk of heart attack by about 20-percent. HDL plays an important protective role in atherosclerosis. Unfortunately, it is very hard to boost HDL levels in some people. So chromium is a natural way to boost the HDL. Experts say that if your cardiac risk is rated moderate to high, and if your HDL is below 40, you should try to raise it. Exercise, maintenance of ideal body weight, and smoking cessation should be part of everyone's plan. But if these critical changes do not bring your HDL up to protective levels, consider chromium supplementation. Recommended Dosage is 200 mcg 3 times a day. Taking 400 mcg of Chromium tablets daily may help prevent the buildup of cholesterol in arteries.


    ZINC: Zinc is an antioxidant that helps maintain proper immune function. Note: Take zinc with food to prevent stomach upset. If you take over 30 mg of zinc on a daily basis for more than one or two months, you should also take 1 to 2 mg of copper each day to maintain a proper mineral balance.


    COPPER: Copper plays an important role in human metabolism and in the formation of red blood cells. It only takes one and a half to 3 mg of copper per day to fulfill these needs. Most of us get more than enough copper from cereals, barley, legumes, nuts, shellfish, and meats. It is possible that too much copper may be harmful. Studies from 1991 and 1992 in Finland reported an association between high blood copper levels and heart attacks. The association was strong; the highest copper levels were linked to a 4-fold increase in heart attacks. It is suggested that copper can promote oxidation of LDL cholesterol.


    IRON: Iron is a vital nutrient. It is an essential component of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment in red blood cells. Americans are often low in iron. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia in the United States. Iron deficiency is particularly common in women, who lose red blood cells with each menstrual period. The best dietary source of iron is red meat. Iron is also present in deep green vegetables, legumes, and certain fish. Even so, American women are estimated to get only two-thirds of the iron they need from their diet. Health care providers often recommend iron tablets to women who are menstruating, pregnant, or lactating.

    The September 1992 issue of the journal Circulation reported that a high level of iron in the blood was an important heart attack risk factor. The study was performed in Finland, where 1,931 middle-aged men were observed for an average of 3 years. All the conventional cardiac risk factors were evaluated. Results showed that iron was strongly associated with the risk of heart attack. The men with the highest blood iron levels were 2.2 times more likely to suffer heart attacks than men with low blood iron. Each milligram of iron in the daily diet was found to increase the heart attack risk by 5-percent. The association between iron and heart attack persisted even after other risk factors were considered; in fact, iron was second only to smoking as a risk factor. It is postulated that iron promotes the formation of free radicals, which can oxidize LDL cholesterol, thus promoting atherosclerosis. However, five studies in the USA found no link between heart attacks and dietary iron intake, blood iron levels, or body iron stores. These were large population studies. One study (1993) evaluated the body iron stores of 22,071 men in the U .S. Physicians' Health Study. Another evaluated dietary iron intake in 45,720 male health professionals. The third study checked blood iron levels in 14,916 men, and the fourth monitored iron levels in 171 men and 406 women older than 62. The fifth study in 1994 evaluated body iron stores in 4,518 Americans who had been tracked for over 20 years. A 1994 study from Iceland also found no link between iron levels and heart attacks in 2,036 people who were observed for more than 8 years. Thus, the results are contradictory as to the risk of iron to heart attack.


    ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID (ALA, ALPHA-LIPOTENE): Alpha-lipoic acid, works with other antioxidants in the body to increase their effectiveness against oxidative stress. It helps the body to recycle other antioxidants. Instead of these vitamins being used up during the metabolism, they are kept available and used again. Alpha-lipoic acid can also help the body rid itself of toxic heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium. And as a strong antioxidant, alpha-lipoic acid helps to keep arteries clear by preventing the LDL ("bad") cholesterol from being incorporated into the artery walls. Since it is both fat and water soluble, it can work inside and outside of the body cells.


    BROMELAIN: An enzyme found in fresh, uncooked Pineapple, bromelain may "thin" the blood and help to clear away debris from artery walls. One study has shown that bromelain can relieve the pain of angina, which is associated with CHD.


    COENZYME Q-10 (COQ10): Heart muscle biopsies in patients with various cardiac diseases showed a CoQ10 deficiency in 50 to 75-percent of the cases. All the well functioning hearts had an adequate amount of CoQ10 in the tissue. To make it more interesting, when supplemental CoQ10 was introduced into the ailing hearts, they started getting signs of new life. The obvious conclusion is that adequate levels of CoQ10 is necessary for a well functioning system. When the levels of CoQ10 drops below optimum levels, disease takes over or already had done so. CoQ10 increases oxygenation of heart tissue. Recommended Dosage is 50 to 100 mg 3 times daily.


    CARNITINE: L-Carnitine is a non-protein amino acid that is found in the heart and skeletal muscle. Carnitine has been shown to lower triglyceride and total cholesterol levels, while at the same time improving HDL levels. Since foods that are rich in L-Carnitine such as red meat and dairy products are also high in saturated fat, it is recommended that supplements of L-Carnitine be taken instead.


    LECITHIN: An antioxidant found in eggs, corn and soybeans, lecithin helps prevent the conversion of LDL into its more dangerous, artery-damaging form. Lecithin may also lower the total cholesterol.


    PYCNOGENOL: Pycnogenol is found to be more effective than aspirin in reducing buildup of platelets in the arteries, a major risk factor in heart disease.


    SOY PROTEIN: Eating soy protein is found to reduce moderate to high concentration of blood cholesterol significantly (average of 10-percent drop in blood cholesterol was observed in a University of Kentucky study.)


    TAURINE: Taurine helps to stabilize the heart beat and correct cardiac arrhythmias. An important antioxidant and immune regulator, it is necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function. The sublingual form is recommended. Recommended Dosage is 1,000 mg daily. Take with 50 mg of Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg of Vitamin C for better absorption.


    ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA): Essential fatty acids help to prevent unnecessary blood clotting, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood pressure. They are found in Black Currant Seed Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Fish Salmon Oil, and Flaxseed Oil. Recommended Dosage is 500 to 1,000 mg of any of these oils twice daily.


    ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: Activated charcoal is a special type of capsulated charcoal that is used in hospital emergency rooms as an antidote to many poisons. In one study, seven patients with elevated cholesterol were given 8 grams of activated charcoal three times a day. Prior to this treatment, these patients had not responded to 10 years of treatment with cholesterol medicines. After four weeks of activated charcoal therapy, their total cholesterol fell by 41-percent, and their LDL (bad cholesterol) fell by 25-percent. Meanwhile, their HDL (good cholesterol) rose by 8-percent. Recommended Dosage starts with half a gram. Gradually raise the dosage to a gram of activated charcoal twice a day, with meals. Do not take charcoal supplements at the same time as other supplements or medications as it will interfere with nutrient and medication absorption.


    PECTIN: Pectin is a fiber found in Grapefruit, Apples and other fruits and vegetables. Human and animal studies have verified the effectiveness of pectin in lowering or counteracting the effect of cholesterol. In one study, it was found that when patients were given pectin supplementation, their total cholesterol went down by 7.6-percent, and the harmful LDL by 10.8 percent after 8 weeks. The power of grapefruit pectin was studied in pigs, whose cardiovascular systems are similar to humans. Even when the animals were deliberately fed a high-cholesterol diet, the grapefruit pectin swept away fatty plaque deposits away from the artery walls.


    NUTRIENT SUMMARY LIST

    The following list summarizes the vitamin, mineral and herbal regimen to help control or reverse the heart disease:
    • Calcium: 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime.
    • Magnesium: 750 to 1,000 mg daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime. Take with Vitamin B-6.
    • Coenzyme Q-10: 30 to 100 mg three times a daily.
    • Vitamin C: 1000 mg three times a daily.
    • Vitamin E: 400 IU twice per day.
    • Selenium: 200 mcg daily.
    • Vitamin B-6: 50 mg daily.
    • Carnitine: 500 mg three times a day.
    • Ginkgo Biloba: One capsule of herb three times a daily.


    ALTERNATIVE OR COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE THERAPIES

  • Human Growth Hormone therapy has been found to decrease cholesterol levels. See Growth Hormone Therapy for more information.

  • Some people have hereditary disorders that prevent even the healthiest diet from lowering LDL levels. For these people, researchers are working on a device that uses an enzyme to break down LDL and accelerate its removal before it can fasten onto artery walls to form plaque. The device would be implanted under the skin to control the LDL levels in the blood. There currently is a system called Liposorber that uses a filtration system for removing LDL cholesterol in those individuals that do not respond to other treatments.

  • See Chelation Therapy for more information.





  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. The following nutrients are important for healing once appropriate local treatment has been administered. Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Very Important
    Apple Pectin
    As directed on label. Lowers cholesterol levels by binding fats and heavy metals.

  • Apple Pectin Supplement Products
  • Calcium
    As directed on label. To prevent hypocalcemia, or low calcium levels. Use calcium aspartate form.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Red Yeast Rice
    As directed on label. Contains lovastatin, which has been proven to reduce cholesterol levels (synthetic lovastatin is often prescribed for this purpose).

  • Red Yeast Rice Supplement Products
  • Choline
    And
    Inositol
    100 to 300 mg 5 times daily. Improves brain function and circulation to the brain. Use under professional supervision.

  • Choline Supplement Products
  • Inositol Supplement Products
  • Chromium Picolinate
    400 to 600 mcg daily. Lowers total cholesterol levels and improves HDL-to-LDL ratio.

  • Chromium Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    60 mg daily. Improves circulation. Increases oxygenation of heart tissue. Has been shown to prevent recurrences in individuals who have had a heart attack.

  • CoQ10 Supplement Products
  • Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Works well with CoQ10 to streamline metabolism, process fats, increase energy, support adrenal glands, remove toxins from the body, boost the immune system, and improve overall physical and mental processes.

  • Coenzyme A Supplement Products
  • Fiber
    As directed on label, 1/2 hour before the first meal of the day. Take separately from other supplements and medications. Helps lower cholesterol.

  • Fiber Supplement Products
  • Oat Bran Supplement Products
  • Guar Gum Supplement Products
  • Garlic (Kyolic)
    2 capsules 3 times daily, with meals. Effective in lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Garlic helps to strengthen the heart muscle. Thins the blood.

  • Garlic Supplement Products
  • Kyolic EPA
    As directed on label. Reduces triglyceride levels in the blood.

  • Kyolic EPA Supplement Products
  • L-Carnitine
    As directed on label. Helps to strengthen the heart muscle and to promote circulation by transporting long fatty acid chains. Reduces fat and triglyceride levels in the blood. Increases oxygen uptake and stress tolerance. Studies conducted using 4 grams (4,000 mg) of Carnitine daily for 12 months showed lowered death rates and lowered cholesterol levels in people who previously had heart attacks.

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  • Lecithin
    1 tablespoon 3 times daily, before meals.

    1,200 mg 3 times daily, before meals.
    Lowers cholesterol. Emulsifies (breaks up) fats.

  • Lecithin Supplement Products
  • Lipotropic Factors
    As directed on label. Reduces fat and triglyceride levels in the blood. Has substances that prevent fat deposits (as in atherosclerosis).

  • Lipotropic Factors Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-5
    Pantothine
    As directed on label. Pantothine is a derivative of Pantothenic Acid that reduces LDL cholesterol.

  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin A
    With
    Lycopene
    As directed on label. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. If you are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, your Lycopene levels will be reduced. Lycopene is one of the carotenoids that boosts the immune system.

  • Vitamin A Supplement Products
  • Lycopene Supplement Products
  • Beta Carotene
    & Carotene Complex

    Plus
    Lutein
    As directed on label. Carotenoids that lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

  • Beta Carotene & Carotene Complex Supplement Products
  • Lutein Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex
    As directed on label. B-Vitamins work best when taken together.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Vitamin B-1
    Thiamin
    As directed on label. B-Vitamins work best when taken together. Important in controlling cholesterol levels and fat metabolism. Protects the liver from fat deposits.

  • Vitamin B-1 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B-3
    Niacin
    300 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount and do not exceed a total of 200 mg daily if you have a history of rheumatic heart disease or other valvular heart disease. B-Vitamins work best when taken together. Lowers cholesterol and improves circulation. Do not use a sustained release formula, and do not substitute Niacinamide for Niacin. Caution: Do not take Niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.

  • Vitamin B-3 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    And
    Bioflavonoids
    3,000 to 8,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Lowers cholesterol. Extremely important in treating cardiovascular disease.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Vitamin E
    200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day and slowly increase dosage to 1,000 IU daily. Consult your health care provider if you are taking anticoagulant medication. Strengthens the immune system and heart muscle, improves circulation, and destroys free radicals. The emulsion form offers rapid assimilation. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Caution: Use this supplement only under the supervision of a health care provider.

  • Vitamin E Supplement Products
  • Helpful
    Chitosan
    As directed on label. A polysaccharide derived from shellfish that has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

  • Chitosan Supplement Products
  • Citrin
    As directed on label. Inhibits synthesis of fatty acids in liver, thus helping to prevent an accumulation of potentially dangerous fats in the body.

  • Citrin Supplement Products
  • Essential Fatty Acids
    As directed on label. Take with Vitamin E. Reduces LDL level and thins the blood. Helps prevent hardening of the arteries. If you use a fish oil, use a product with Vitamin E added to prevent rancidity.

  • EFA Supplement Products
  • Flaxseed Herbal Supplement Products
  • Black Currant Herbal Supplement Products
  • Evening Primrose Herbal Supplement Products
  • Fish Salmon Supplement Products
  • Wheatgrass
    And
    Barley Grass
    As directed on label. Fresh and concentrated Barley Grass and Wheatgrass juice contains nutrients needed for healing and prevention of heart disease. Use liquid, powder, or tablet form. Also prepare fresh Green Drinks from green leafy vegetables.

  • Wheatgrass Herbal Supplement Products
  • Barleygrass Herbal Supplement Products
  • Greens Herbal Supplement Products
  • Plus Extra
    Proteolytic Enzymes
    As directed on label. Take with meals and between meals. Aids digestion. Caution: Do not give the supplement to a child.

  • Multi-Enzymes Supplement Products
  • Selenium
    200 mcg daily. Do not exceed a total daily intake of 800 mcg daily from all sources, including diet. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. Deficiency has been linked to heart disease. Caution: Do not take supplemental selenium if you are pregnant or have heart, kidney, or liver disease.

  • Selenium Supplement Products
  • Mushrooms
    As directed on label. Helps to control and lower cholesterol levels.

  • Mushroom Complex Supplement Products
  • Shiitake Herbal Supplement Products
  • Reishi Herbal Supplement Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • High cholesterol usually has no symptoms. Sometimes, the first sign that you have high cholesterol or other risk factors for heart disease is a heart attack, a stroke, or a transient ischemic attack. If you have any symptoms of these, call 9-1-1 or other emergency services.

    Call your health professional for an appointment if:
    • You think you may have diabetes.
    • You have family members who have high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, or diabetes.
    • You are concerned about your cholesterol.
    If a screening test shows that your cholesterol is high or borderline high, talk with your health professional about ways to reduce your LDL cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Doing this, along with reducing other risk factors for coronary artery disease, can reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

    A regular cholesterol test is important for people who have been diagnosed with heart disease and those at high risk for heart disease. For people who have no other signs orrisk factors for heart disease, testing may not be needed as often.

    Almost any health professional can order a cholesterol test. Most commonly, a cholesterol test is ordered as part of a routine physical exam. These health professionals can also evaluate risk factors, provide counseling and education, or provide a more complete evaluation if needed. In some cases, a nurse specialist, registered dietitian, or pharmacist can help set up a treatment plan for your high cholesterol.

    People who have rare lipid disorders, which can be more difficult to treat, may need to see a lipid specialist, often an endocrinologist.

    If you have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or other heart disease, you may have your cholesterol levels tested and treated by a cardiologist, who specializes in heart diseases.

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    BOOKS

  • American Heart Association Low-Fat Low-Cholesterol Cookbook - By American Heart Association

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  • ORGANIZATIONS

    American Heart Association (AHA)
    7272 Greenville Avenue
    Dallas, TX 75231
    Phone: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721)
    Web Address: http://www.americanheart.org

    Call the American Heart Association (AHA) to find your nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA can provide brochures and information on support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a nationwide organization whose members visit heart patients and provide information and support.

    National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP)
    of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
    of the National Institutes of Health
    P.O. Box 30105
    Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
    Phone: (301) 592-8573
    E-mail: NHLBIinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov
    Web Address: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

    Contact the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for information on the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP). The NCEP can provide information on high cholesterol as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. You will also find information on cholesterol-lowering diets, recipes, exercise, weight loss, and lifestyle changes.






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    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Circulator (Jingui Huayu), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of medicinal rhubarb, prepared rehmannia root, common peony root, peach seed, bitter apricot seed, licorice root, scute, dun fly, gadfly, leech, June beetle grub, dried lacquer and ground beetle. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula to promote micro-circulation, increase blood flow to heart muscles, maintain health of heart and arteries, inhibit intestinal adhesion, soothe the liver, remove stasis and maintain healthy blood circulation and regular menses. Not for use by pregnant women. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.


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    HerbsPro: Circu Caps Butcher's Broom Dietary Supplement, Sanhelios, 50 Softgels
    A Butchers Broom dietary supplement that helps support normal circulation, including circulation in the sensitive tissues of the rectum.
    HerbsPro: Leg Veins With Tru-OPCs, Natures Way, 60 Caps
    Leg Veins Formula uses Tru-OPC's to protect and strengthen collagen for healthy vascular walls. Horse Chestnut Extract to provide Aescin which has been shown to support healthy circulation in the lower legs. Vitamin C for additional collagen support, and vascular support herbs, traditionally used for micro-circulation.
    HerbsPro: Best Vein Support With DiosVein, Doctors Best, 60 VCaps
    A dietary supplement with MenaQ7 natural Vitamin K2. Promotes healthy circulation, supports blood vessel health. Science based nutrition suitable for vegetarians.
    HerbsPro: Venastat Horse Chestnut Extract, Ginsana Pharmaton, 60 Caps
    Helps relieve tired and swollen legs, promotes leg circulation, proven safe and effective.
    HerbsPro: Celery Seed Extract Circulation Support, Now Foods, 60 VCaps
    A dietary supplement for healthy vascular function, offering circulatory support. Celery seed extract plus Horse Chestnut and Hawthorn extracts. Vegan/vegetarian.
    HerbsPro: Blood Circulation Formula, Dr. Christophers Formula, 475 mg, 100 VCaps
    A proprietary blend of Cayenne Pepper, Parsley root, organic Ginger root, wildcrafted Goldenseal root, organic Eleuthero root, and organic Garlic bulb.
    HerbsPro: Leg Veins With Tru-OPCs, Natures Way, 120 VCaps
    Leg Veins Formula uses Tru-OPC's to protect and strengthen collagen for healthy vascular walls. Horse Chestnut Extract to provide Aescin which has been shown to support healthy circulation in the lower legs. Vitamin C for additional collagen support, and vascular support herbs, traditionally used for micro-circulation.
    HerbsPro: Circulation Plus, Arizona Natural Products, 500 mg, 180 Caps
    With allicin-rich garlic, onion and lecithin. Odorless.
    HerbsPro: Warming Circulation Tonic Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz.
    Supports healthy blood circulation with a warming tonic extract of Ginkgo leaf, Eleuthero root, Rosemary leaf, Ginger root, Prickly Ash bark, Cayenne Pepper.
    HerbsPro: Blood Circulation Extract, Dr. Christopher's Formulas, 2 fl. oz.
    A dietary supplement with a proprietary blend of Eleuthero root, Garlic, Ginger root, Goldenseal root, and Parsley root. Take 5 to 15 drops prior to each meal or as directed by your health care professional.
    HerbsPro: Warming Circulation Tonic Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz.
    Supports healthy blood circulation with a warming tonic extract of Ginkgo leaf, Eleuthero root, Rosemary leaf, Ginger root, Prickly Ash bark, Cayenne Pepper.


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    Kalyx: Blood Circulation Formula, Dr. Christopher's Formulas, 465 mg, 100 VCaps: HF
    Dr. Christopher's Organic or Wildcrafted Blood Circulation Formula is a group of herbs with cayenne (a stimulant) and ginger (stimulant) fed into the circulatory system where the cayenne works from the bloodstream to the heart and arteries and out into the veins. The other herbs in the formula assist these two herbs and work together to equalize the blood pressure (whether high or low) bringing it into a suitable systolic/diastolic balance. Blood flow is life itself. This formula assists blood-purifying teas to work more efficiently which will aid in the clearing up of allergies, etc. All encapsulated products are in a pure 100% vegetable based capsule.


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  • BLOOD PRESSURE BALANCE PRODUCTS

    Blood Pressure Balance TCM Formula is used in Chinese medicine for hypertension and to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood flow. It is made of pueraria root and lotus embryo, this well-known blood pressure herb formula should not be used by those who have low blood pressure. Modern studies on pharmacodynamics reveal that Radix Puerariae in this product yield effects of blood pressure lowering increasing blood flow in the brain and coronary arteries, dilation of peripheral vessels, antipyretic action, anti-tumor, inhibition of platelet aggregation and lowering blood sugar. Each serving is a proprietary blend of herbal extracts and powder (1430 mg). As a dietary supplemet take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.

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    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Balance (Gegen Pingya), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of pueraria root and lotus embryo, this well-known formula is used in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood flow. Warning: not to be used for those who has low blood pressure. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Regular Size, 500 mg, 60 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Economy Size, 500 mg, 120 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Herbal Tea, Triple Leaf Tea, 20 Tea Bags
    The Chinese have used the herbs in this delicious, mild-tasting tea for thousands of years to help maintain healthy blood pressure function and to tonify the kidneys and liver. These herbs are said to nourish the kidneys and liver, calm liver yang and clear heat. Eucommia is highly esteemed as a longevity herb. In modern times, it has been researched for helping to maintain healthy blood pressure function. Uncaria, Chinese holly, loranthus, chrysanthemum, and epimedium have a long history of use to tonify the kidney and liver. Fo-ti is a renowned longevity herb, used traditionally to help nourish the blood, build the system and tonify the kidney and liver. Regular tonification of the kidney and liver was believed to contribute to good health and longevity. It also was considered to help promote the healthy function of the back, bladder and joints. Ingredients include Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides), Ucaria (Gambir) (Uncaria rhynchophylla), Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta), Fo-Ti (He Shou Wu) (Polygonum Multiflorum), Loranthus (Chinese Mistletoe) (Loranthus parasiticus), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemem morifolium), Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) (Epimedium sagittatum/brevicornum).
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Blood Pressure Herb Tea (Apocynum H.B.P Herb Tea), with an excellent natural flavor, is made of wild apocynum venetum grown in a pollution-free area in northeast China. Apocynum contains rutin, glutamic acid, alanine, and anthraquinone, and is cardiotonic, diuretic, and dispels heat. It is used in Chinese medicine as a principal herb to maintain normal blood pressure and to strengthen the heart. Ingredients include apocynum venetum, green tea and jasmine flower.


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    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Balance TCM Formula, Health King Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Balance, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Dietary supplement formulated under supervision by China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicne for heart. blood pressure, and circulation health. A proprietary blend of multiple extracts consisting of Pueraria root, Lotus embryo, Angelica root, Siler, Schizonepeta, and Wild Mint. Serving size: 3 Capsules (1430 mg).
    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Formula, Ridgecrest Herbals, 500 mg, 60 GelCaps
    Maintain blood pressure levels already within the normal range. Help manage stress and tension. Support healthy cholesterol levels. Promote proper blood circulation. Blood pressure herbal blend with Gastrodia root, Eucommia bark, Achyranthes root, Chinese Skullcap root, Gardenia fruit, Fo-ti stem, Loranthus stem, Uncaria rhynchophylla stem, Chinese Motherwort herb, Siegesbeckia orientalis herb, Asian Water Plantain root, Poria fungus. Serving size 2 capsules (1000 mg). Take 2 to 3 capsules twice daily. Results are usually felt within minutes or hours, and increase with continued use. Once desired results are obtained, try 1 capsule twice daily for maintenance. Take up to six capsules daily during high stress.
    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Wellness, Bio-Nutrition Inc, 60 Tabs
    Multi Nutrient Formula. Containing antioxidants. Wholefood extracts. Vitamins,minerals and herbs. Maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Supports heart health. Promote vascular flexibility and elasticity. Improve circulation and blood flow. Dietary Supplement.
    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Formula, Ridgecrest Herbals, 500 mg, 120 CapsMaintain blood pressure levels already within the normal range. Help manage stress and tension. Support healthy cholesterol levels. Promote proper blood circulation. Blood pressure herbal blend with Gastrodia root, Eucommia bark, Achyranthes root, Chinese Skullcap root, Gardenia fruit, Fo-ti stem, Loranthus stem, Uncaria rhynchophylla stem, Chinese Motherwort herb, Siegesbeckia orientalis herb, Asian Water Plantain root, Poria fungus. Serving size 2 capsules (1000 mg). Take 2 to 3 capsules twice daily. Results are usually felt within minutes or hours, and increase with continued use. Once desired results are obtained, try 1 capsule twice daily for maintenance. Take up to six capsules daily during high stress.


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  • CACTUS GRANDIFLORUS HOMEOPATHIC SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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    Fresh wildcrafted Cactus grandiflorus flower & stem. Filtered water. Organic Grape Alcohol Content: 50%. Fresh Herb Strength: 1:2.
    HerbsPro: Cactus Extract, Eclectic Institute Inc, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Cactus Grandiflorus Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz.


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    Kalyx: Cactus Grand Herb (Selenicereus grandiflorus / Night Blooming Cereus) Extract, Golden Lotus, 2 fl. oz.: GL
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  • CARDIOLOGIC (KYOLIC HEART FORMULAS) SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract begins with 100% organically grown garlic bulbs. They are then aged to perfection in a unique extraction process to eliminate odor and create beneficial compounds found only in Kyolic. This formula supports and strengthens your cardiovascular system by reducing the major risk factors and promoting overall heart health. Take the best-KYOLIC Aged Garlic Extract, the most scientifically researched, highest quality and best-selling odorless Sociable Garlic.



    Amazon: Kyolic Garlic Formula 106 Healthy Heart, Kyolic, 300 Caps
    Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Circulation Formula 106. Description: With Vitamin E, Cayenne and Hawthorn. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract begins with 100% organically grown garlic bulbs. They are then aged to perfection in a unique extraction process to eliminate odor and create beneficial compounds found only in Kyolic. This unique combination of vitamins, herbs and Aged Garlic Extract helps maintain healthy circulation, normal cholesterol levels and overall heart health.


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  • CHOLESTEROL SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Guard Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    HerbsPro: Happy Cholesterol Tea, Uncle Lees Teas. 1.27 oz
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Pro, Now Foods, 650 mg, 60 Tabs

    Bergamonte Citrus Bergamot Dietary supplement supports cholesterol levels. Polyphenolic Extract (Citrus Bergamia Risso) and CardioAid Plant Sterols providing Beta Sitosterol, Campesterol and Stigmasterol. Vegetarian formula.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Support, Dr. Venessa's Formulas, 60 Tabs

    Dietary supplement for healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Safe therapeutic formula.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Wellness, Bio Nutrition Inc, 60 VCaps
    A multinutrient dietary formula providing nutritional support for maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels. Maintains healthy cholesterol levels. Boosts HDL, Lowers LDL. Improves circulation and blood flow, prevents plaque buildup, promoting cardiovascular function.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Rescue, Supports Cholesterol Wellness, Source Naturals, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Support, Now Foods, 90 VCaps
    Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels. Policosanol from Sugar Cane. Tocotrienols, Guggul, and Garlic. A Dietary Supplement. Vegetarian Formula. Cardiovascular Health.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Rescue, Source Naturals, 90 Tabs
    Supports cholesterol wellness.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Support, Dr. Venessa's Formulas, 120 Tabs
    Dietary supplement for healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
    HerbsPro: Cholesterol Success Plus, TwinLab, 120 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Healthy Cholesterol Tonic Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Healthy Cholesterol Tonic Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz.


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    Kalyx: Cholesterol Guard Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags: HF
    Kalyx: Uncle Lee's Tea Happy Cholesterol, 1.27 oz: HF
    Kalyx: Phyto-Therapy Cholesterol Control, 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Cholesterol Balance, FutureBiotics, 90 VCaps: HF
    CholesterolBalance supports healthy cholesterol levels with scientifically proven ingredients and whole-food natural co-factors from twelve healthy vegetables. Viscofiber is a high viscosity beta-glucan concentrate (non-digestible polysaccharide) derived from oats that has been shown to be 20 to 30 times more viscous than regular beta glucan extract. Health experts accept viscosity as a major physiochemical property responsible for physiological effects of consuming soluble fiber, critical in regulating healthy cholesterol levels. CholesterolBalance contains a natural complex of plant sterols, including beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol, and brassicasterol. These phytosterols help lower serum cholesterol levels by decreasing cholesterol absorption in the small intestine. Plant sterols work by reducing absorption of both dietary cholesterol and cholesterol produced by the body.
    Kalyx: Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Cholesterol Formula 104, Kyolic, 100 Caps: HF

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    Odorless Organic Garlic Supplement. Formula 104. Lecithin. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract begins with 100% organically grown garlic bulbs. They are then aged to perfection in a unique extraction process to eliminate odor and create beneficial compounds found only in Kyolic. This combination of Lecithin and Aged Garlic Extract supports healthy cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health. Take the best - Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, the most scientifically researched, highest quality and best-selling odorless Sociable Garlic.


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  • CIRCULATION SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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    HCBL: Body Circulation, HCBL, 450 mg, 60 Caps
    Good circulation in the body is very important. Many organs cannot function properly when circulation is poor. This means that a steady blood flow to all parts of the body is most essential for good health. Support a strong, healthy circulation system.


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    HerbsPro: Circulation Patch-It, 20 Count
    Healthy circulation is the basis for maintaining health and benefits include supporting recovery from injuries, faster recovery times after heavy bouts of exercise or as part of a health maintenance program for those who may be bedridden or wheelchair bound.
    HerbsPro: Circulation Factors, Country Life, 50 Tabs
    A comprehensive herbal supplement to aid circulation.
    HerbsPro: Circulation Support, Dr, Venessa's Formulas, 60 TabsDietary supplement for healthy circulationa and vascular support.
    HerbsPro: Celery Seed Extract Circulation Formula, Now Foods, 60 Vcaps
    Circulatory Support plus Horse Chestnut and Hawthorn extracts.
    HerbsPro: Blood Circulator, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Blood Circulation Formula, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 425 mg, 100 VCaps
    A dietary supplement proprietary blend of Cayenne Pepper (40 MHU), Parsley Root, Organic Ginger Root, Wildcrafted Goldenseal Root, Organic Eleuthero Root, & Organic Garlic Bulb. Serving size is 2 capsules (950 mg).
    HerbsPro: Circulation Plus, Arizona Natural Products, 500 mg, 180 Caps
    Circulation Formula with Allirich Odorless Garlic Powder, Soya Lecithin, Onion, Siberian Ginseng, Cayenne, Hawthorn Berry, and Ginkgo Biloba.
    HerbsPro: Warming Circulation Tonic, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz.
    A liquid herbal supplement that helps support healthy blood circulation. Contains extracts of Ginkgo Biloba leaf, Eleuthero root, Rosemary Leaf, Ginger root, Prickly Ash bark, Cayenne Pepper in certified organic grain alcohol, distilled water and vegetable glycerine. Take 25 to 40 drops in a little water two to four times daily.
    HerbsPro: Blood Circulation Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 fl. oz.
    A proprietary blend dietary supplement of Eleuthero Root, Garlic, Ginger Root, Goldenseal Root and Parsley Root in a base of pure vegetable glycerine and distilled water. Alcohol free. Take 5 to 15 drops prior to each meal or as directed by your health care provider.
    HerbsPro: Warming Circulation Tonic, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz.
    A liquid herbal supplement that helps support healthy blood circulation. Contains extracts of Ginkgo Biloba leaf, Eleuthero root, Rosemary Leaf, Ginger root, Prickly Ash bark, Cayenne Pepper in certified organic grain alcohol, distilled water and vegetable glycerine. Take 25 to 40 drops in a little water two to four times daily.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Blood Circulation Formula, Dr. Christophers, 465 mg, 100 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Circulation Supplement, Starwest Botanicals, 500 mg, 100 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Circulation Supplement, Starwest Botanicals, 500 mg, 500 VCaps: C
    Kalyx: Blood Tonifier & Circulation Herb Tea, Health King Medicinal Teas, 20 Tea Bags: HF
    Improved formula Blood tonic and blood circulator 100 % natural Blood Tonifier and Circulator Herb Tea Blood Tonifier and Circulator Herb Tea is made of wild carthemus, white peony root, woolly grass with a few other precious herbs. They provide carthamin, paeoniflorin, majoroside, asparagine, cylindrin, etc. Chinese medicine uses them to tonify the blood and facilitate blood circulation and defense.
    Kalyx: Circulation Certified Organic Liquid Herbal Extract Formula, Starwest Botanicals, 1 fl oz: C
    Kalyx: Circulation Extract, Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Circulation Non-Alcoholic Extract, Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Circulation Certified Organic Liquid Herbal Extract Formula, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl oz: C
    Kalyx: Circulation Extract, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
    Kalyx: Circulation Non-Alcoholic Extract, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH


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  • CORONARY EASE & HEART SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    AYURVEDIC HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Heart Formula, Supports Proper Function of the Heart, Banyan Botanicals, 90 Tabs


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    Chinese Herbs Direct: Arjuna CardioComfort, Planetary Herbals, 460 mg, 60 Tabs
    Arjuna CardioComfort has been developed to help support healthy cardiovascular and circulatory systems. Proprietary Blend: Hawthorn Leaf & Flower Extract, Tienchi Ginseng Root, Guggul Extract, Chinese Salvia Root Extract, and Arjuna Bark Extract (0.5% arjunolic acid).
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Heart Response, Source Naturals, 60 Tabs
    Heart Response combines hawthorn, L-carnitine, and CoQ10 with other herbs, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals to support cardiovascular function. Research suggests that hawthorn has the ability to increase the strength of contraction of the heart and to increase coronary blood flow. Carnitine and CoQ10 both play a role in energy generation, which is necessary for the continuous work performed by the heart muscle.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Circulator (Jingui Huayu), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of medicinal rhubarb, prepared rehmannia root, common peony root, peach seed, bitter apricot seed, licorice root, scute, dun fly, gadfly, leech, June beetle grub, dried lacquer and ground beetle. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula to promote micro-circulation, increase blood flow to heart muscles, maintain health of heart and arteries, inhibit intestinal adhesion, soothe the liver, remove stasis and maintain healthy blood circulation and regular menses. Not for use by pregnant women. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Balance (Gegen Pingya), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of pueraria root and lotus embryo, this well-known formula is used in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood flow. Warning: not to be used for those who has low blood pressure. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Regular Size, 500 mg, 60 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Economy Size, 500 mg, 120 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Hawthorn Heart, Planetary Herbals, 900 mg, 120 Tabs
    Hawthorn is a flavonoid-rich herb renowned for its ability to support the normal activity of the heart. Planetary Herbals Hawthorn Heart combines this precious botanical and tonifiers from Europe and North America with valued Asian botanicals to support the cardiovascular system. Proprietary Blend: Hawthorn Berry, Hawthorn Leaf and Flower Extract, Tienchi Ginseng Root, Polygala Root, Chinese Salvia Root, Dong Quai Root, Longan Fruit, Dong Quai Root Extract, and Juniper Berry.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Heart Formula, Dr. Zhang's Herbalmax, 90 Caps
    A 100% natural remedy originally designed by Dr. Zhang to help her patients with heart-related conditions. Heart Formula promotes healthy heart. Helps with recovery from heart attack, surgery, and stroke, reduces cholesterol and improves circulation. All natural ad vegetarian friendly with no known side effects. This unique product is formulated from a precise blend of herbs known for their proven efficacy in promoting heart health. The Heart Formula is designed to normalize cholelsterol and lipids from the coronary artieries, promote blood flow, improve microcirculation, promote heart muscle tissue repair and regeneration, and promote antithrombotic function to help stroke patient recovery. Ingredients include Angelica Root, Red Sage Root, Burred Tuber, Chinese Hawthorn Fruit, Ginseng, and Rhizome of Sichuan Lovage.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Heart Fortifier Herb Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Heart Fortifier Herb Tea is made of wild red sage root (salviae miltiorrhizae radix) and rosa rugosa (rose) with green tea and jasmine flower. These herbs contain tanshiol, tanshinone, vitamin E, mitirone, cryptotanshinone, triterpenoid saponin, and organic acid. Chinese medicine uses them to invigorate blood supply and circulation, nurture the blood and maintain normal heart functions.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Herbal Tea, Triple Leaf Tea, 20 Tea Bags
    The Chinese have used the herbs in this delicious, mild-tasting tea for thousands of years to help maintain healthy blood pressure function and to tonify the kidneys and liver. These herbs are said to nourish the kidneys and liver, calm liver yang and clear heat. Eucommia is highly esteemed as a longevity herb. In modern times, it has been researched for helping to maintain healthy blood pressure function. Uncaria, Chinese holly, loranthus, chrysanthemum, and epimedium have a long history of use to tonify the kidney and liver. Fo-ti is a renowned longevity herb, used traditionally to help nourish the blood, build the system and tonify the kidney and liver. Regular tonification of the kidney and liver was believed to contribute to good health and longevity. It also was considered to help promote the healthy function of the back, bladder and joints. Ingredients include Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides), Ucaria (Gambir) (Uncaria rhynchophylla), Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta), Fo-Ti (He Shou Wu) (Polygonum Multiflorum), Loranthus (Chinese Mistletoe) (Loranthus parasiticus), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemem morifolium), Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) (Epimedium sagittatum/brevicornum).
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Blood Pressure Herb Tea (Apocynum H.B.P Herb Tea), with an excellent natural flavor, is made of wild apocynum venetum grown in a pollution-free area in northeast China. Apocynum contains rutin, glutamic acid, alanine, and anthraquinone, and is cardiotonic, diuretic, and dispels heat. It is used in Chinese medicine as a principal herb to maintain normal blood pressure and to strengthen the heart. Ingredients include apocynum venetum, green tea and jasmine flower.


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  • HEART FORMULA & HEART-CARDIO SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Heart Formula is a rejuvenating combination of herbs that promotes the proper function of the heart and circulatory system. As a cardiac tonic, Heart Formula nourishes and strengthens the heart muscle, thereby stimulating blood circulation and allowing an increase of oxygen flow to the heart. Ingredients such as hawthorn berry and guggulu promote healthy cholesterol levels, thus aiding in the defense against arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Heart Formula with Hawthorn, CoQ10 & Vitamin E represents the powerful synergy of current scientific research and traditional herbal medicine. Key ingredients include Hawthorn Extract, CoQ10, and Natural Vitamin E.

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  • HEART-RX HEART SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Heart Rx Heart Supplement is the ultimate antioxidant and cardiovascular support formula. Heart Rx Heart Supplement contains Idebenone and other Essential Heart Co-Factors. Idebenone is a synthetic analog of CoQ10, the vital cell membrane antioxidant and essential constituent of th ATP-producing mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC). Idebenone is a potent antioxidant, with the ability to operate under low oxygen tension situations. Because of its ability to inhibit lipid peroxidation, idebenone protects cell membranes and mitochondria from oxidative damage. Its antioxidant properties protect against cerebral ischemia and nerve damage in the central nervous system. This compound has also been shown to stimulate nerve growth factor, a characteristic that could be important in the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Idebenone has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor and enhanced Cholinergic Activity, thereby showing it to have cognitive enhancement abilities. German studies showed that 90 mg of idebenone administered daily to Alzheimer patients, thereafter showed statistically significant improvement. As a result of the studies, idebenone is being used in the treatment of senile dementias, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Idebenone has been deemed safe and effective, in fact, for the treatment of Alzheimer's patients due to this recent landmark study. It's been shown that if you can catch and treat it early before it becomes a major problem, idebenone can retard the natural progression of the disease.

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    A blend of Choline, Inositol, and Methionine. Lipotropic is a supplement used for breaking down fat during metabolism when medical researchers use the term lecithin, they are referring to a purified substance called phosphatidyl choline (PC) that belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids. One of Solgar's premium-quality liver support products. Suitable for vegetarians.
    HerbsPro: Vita Lipotropic, Eclectic Institute Inc, 120 Tabs
    A dietary supplement with Choline, Inositol and Methionine with added Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Dandelion Root, Artichoke Leaf, Beet Greens, Oregon Grape Root, and Milk Thistle.
    HerbsPro: Lipotropic Complex, Natures Life, 30 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Lipotropic Complex, Natures Life, 90 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Lipotropic Complex 180 tabs

    AMAZON PRODUCTS


    Amazon: Lipotropic Factors, Solgar, 100 Tabs
    A blend of Choline, Inositol, and Methionine. Lipotropic is a supplement used for breaking down fat during metabolism when medical researchers use the term lecithin, they are referring to a purified substance called phosphatidyl choline (PC) that belongs to a special category of fat-soluble substances called phospholipids. One of Solgar's premium-quality liver support products. Suitable for vegetarians.



    Amazon: Lipotropic 1000 Plus Vitamins, Solaray,100 Caps
    Lipotropic 1000 plus by Solaray is high potency choline and inositol with L-Methionine, HCl and Vitamin B-6. Choline is now considered an essential nutrient, needed for cell membrane integrity and to facilitate the movement of fats in and out of cells. Inositol is required for proper formation of cell membranes. Methionine is one of the essential amino acids, building blocks of protein.



    Amazon: Lipotropic Complex, Integrative Therapeutics, 90 Caps (Premium Packaging)
    Time-tested lipotropic combination for comprehensive support for the liver. Lipotropic Complex provides comprehensive transmethylation support for the liver by combining phytonutrients and bile salts. Choline, methionine, and silymarin from milk thistle act as methyl donors in hepatic transmethylation reactions. Vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid are required as cofactors for these conversions. In addition, Lipotropic Complex contains time-tested botanical cholagogues, such as dandelion, fringe tree, greater celandine, beet, and black radish, as well as ox bile extract and inositol to promote healthy bile flow.



    Amazon: Lipotropics Max, Energy Lipotropics Fat Burner with Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, Betaine HCL, Methionone, Gymnema Sylvestris, Guarana, L-Carnitine, Chromium Polynicotinate 120 Caps
    The primary function of lipotropics in the body is to regulate the build up of excess fat in the liver. Lipotropics increase the liver's production of lecithin. Lecithin breaks up cholesterol and moves it through the bloodstream. Methionine and choline are also responsible for detoxifying the metabolic waste generated by the breakdown of proteins in the body. L-Carnitine is an important amino acid that assists in fat metabolism. People on weight loss and exercise programs want to burn fat. L-Carnitine may help convert the body's stored fat into energy, thus promoting weight loss, more energy and enhanced athletic performance. Chromium Polynicotinate, an essential trace element, may help with the regulation of blood sugar levels. It is important in the synthesis of fats, proteins and cholesterol. Excess body fat may inhibit the effectiveness of insulin. Chromium Polynicotinate may increase the effectiveness of insulin in the metabolism of glucose for energy. Ingredients include Choline Bitartrate, Inositol, Betaine HCL, Methionone, Gymnema Sylvestris, Guarana (seed), L-Carnitine, and Chromium Polynicotinate. As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule two times daily with meals and with a glass of water. Do not take after 4 pm daily.


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  • NATTOKINASE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Nattokinase is a systemic enzyme isolated from the traditional Japanese soy food natto. Source Naturals uses high grade 'NSK-SD' brand Nattokinase. Nattokinase has been shown to support healthy blood flow by assisting in the circulatory clearing system of the body.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, A Natural Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease, Woodland Publishing, 32 Page Booklet
    HerbsPro: Best Nattokinase, Doctors Best, 2,000 Fibrin Units, 30 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase Complex, Olympian Labs, 350 mg, 30 Caps
    Supports cardiovascular and circulatory health, natural enzyme support dietary supplement.
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Symbiotics, 60 Caps
    Dietary supplement assists in maintaining normal blood pressure, helps arterial flexibility, helps maintain circulation and blood flow, helps reduce excess blood viscosity. High bioavailability.
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase Plus, FoodScience of Vermont, 60 Caps
    A Dietary Supplement to support healthy blood flow and circulation. Yeast Free.
    HerbsPro: Best Nattokinase, Doctors Best, 2,000 Fibrin Units, 90 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Best Nattokinase, Doctors Best, 2,000 Fibrin Units, 270 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 36 mg, 30 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 36 mg, 60 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 36 mg, 90 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase NSK-SD, Source Naturals, 720 Fibrinolytic Units, 36 mg, 180 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 50 mg, 30 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 50 mg, 60 Softgels
    HerbsPro: NattoZyme Nattokinase, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 50 mg, 90 Caps
    HerbsPro: NattoZyme Nattokinase, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 50 mg, 300 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Naturally Vitamins, 75 mg, 120 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Olympian Labs, 100 mg, 30 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 30 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase Complex, Vitamin K Free, Solgar, 100 mg, 30 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Fibrinogen Resist with Nattokinase, 2000 Fibrinolytic Units NSK-SD, Life Extension, 100 mg, 30 caps
    Supports circulatory health. Includes Vitamin C, Sodium, Soy Natto Extract, and Enzogenol New Zealand Pine Bark Extract.
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase Complex, 2000 FU, Vitamin K Free, Solgar, 100 mg, 30 SoftGels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Now Foods, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: NattoZyme Nattokinase, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 100 mg, 60 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Healthy Origins, 2,000 FU's, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase Plus, Progressive Labs Inc, 2000 FU, 100 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Vita Plus, 2,000 Fibrin Units, 100 mg, 90 Caps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Promotes Circulatory Health, Now Foods, 2000 FU's, 100 mg, 120 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Naturally Vitamins, 120 Tabs
    Naturally Vitamins dietary supplement with Rutin Bioflavonoid Complex, 1500 Fibrin Units per serving, enteric coated, support for overall heart and blood vessel health. Used in Japan for centuries to support smoother blood flow.
    HerbsPro: Rutozym Enzyme Supplement, Naturally Vitamins, 120 Tabs
    Naturally Vitamins enzyme supplement is a systemic enzyme formula that supports the body's own defenxe, used to defend cardiovascular health. Enteric coated pH stable robust circulation Nattokinase.
    HerbsPro: Aged Garlic Extract Formula 109, Kyolic, 160 Caps
    Kyolic aged garlic extract begins with 100% organically grown garlic bulbs, aged garlic extract (1200 mg), Nattokinase (NSK-SD) (35 mg), Suntheanine L-Theanine) (12 mg) per capsule. Kyolic formula 109 contains a unique and natural combination of Nattokinase and Suntheanine with aged garlic extract to help relax and support healthy blood pressure through different pathways. Clinical studies have shown these ingredients can help support healthy blood pressure levels.
    HerbsPro: Nattozyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 100 mg, 180 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Nattokinase, Healthy Origins, 2,000 FU's, 100 mg, 180 VCaps
    Nattokinase is a fibrinolytic enzyme which is extracted from the popular Japanese food natto. Natto is a cheese-like food that is produced by adding Bacillus natto to boiled non-gmo soybeans. Supports normal circulatory health. Suitable for vegetarians.
    HerbsPro: Rutozym Enzyme Supplement, Naturally Vitamins, 240 Tabs
    Naturally Vitamins enzyme supplement is a systemic enzyme formula that supports the body's own defenxe, used to defend cardiovascular health. Enteric coated pH stable robust circulation Nattokinase.
    HerbsPro: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD (2000 FU), Nutricology, 100 mg, 300 veggie caps
    NattoZyme Isolated, purified and encapsulated nattokinase, an enzyme derived from boiled soybeans and Bacillus subtilis natto. Nattokinase NSK-SD was the first nattokinase introduced into the US market, and it has established standardization and quality levels for all nattokinase, with comprehensive safety studies and proven potency. It is vegetarian, non-irradiated, and free of vitamin K2. NSK-SD has two Japanese and three U.S. patents, and is recognized by the JHFA (Japan Health and Nutrition Food Authorization) and JNKA (Japan Nattokinase Association) as authentic nattokinase. Each batch is tested to ensure potency. NSK-SD is a trademark of Japan BioScience Laboratory.


    LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS

    LEF: Fibrinogen Resist With Nattokinase, Life Extension, 30 VCaps
    Life Extension has determined that optimal fibrinogen levels should range between 295-369 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood. Fibrinogen Resist provides targeted nutritional support for those seeking to maintain blood fibrinogen levels in healthy ranges.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Nattokinase Plus, FoodScienceLabs, 60 Enteric Coated Caps: K
    Kalyx: Nattokinase Plus, Progressive Laboratories, 60 Softgel Caps: HF
    Kalyx: NattoKinase, Symbiotics, 60 Caps: HF
    Kalyx: Nattokinase, Naturally Vitamins, 1500 FU, 120 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 36 mg, 90 Softgels: N
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 36 mg, 300 Softgels: N
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 50 mg, 90 VCaps: N
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 50 mg, 300 VCaps: N
    Kalyx: Nattokinase 2000 FU, Healthy Origins, 100 mg, 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 100 mg, 60 Softgels: N
    Kalyx: Nattokinase 2000 FU, Healthy Origins, 100 mg, 180 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: NattoZyme Nattokinase NSK-SD, Nutricology, 100 mg, 180 Softgels: N
    Kalyx: Nattokinase Enzyme, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): GF


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  • RESVERATROL SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Japanese knotweed is a potent source of Resveratrol and has been used for the heart, liver and blood vessels. Nature's Way Resveratrol Supplement is a comprehensive blend of antioxidants made with Japanese Knotweed. Resveratrol is found in red wine and protects cells against lipid peroxidation and free radicals.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Living Long, Living Well, Woodland Publishing, 1 Book
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Acai & CoQ10, Life Time Nutritional Specialities, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol With 20:1 Ginger, Paradise Herbs, 15 mg / 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Synergy, Jarrow Formulas, 20 mg, 60 Tabs
    Dietary supplement supports cardiovascular function with grape seed OPCs. Grape skin extract and green tea extract.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Synergy, Jarrow Formulas, 20 mg, 120 Tabs
    Dietary supplement supports cardiovascular function with grape seed OPCs. Grape skin extract and green tea extract. Now with Pterostilbene (methylated resveratrol). Promotes cardiovascular function and healthy aging. Vegan.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Superfruits, AntiAging Benefits, Youtheory, 160 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Superfruits, AntiAging Benefits, Youtheory, 290 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Advanced Formula, Youtheory, 25 mg, 160 Tabs
    Dietary supplement supports the immune system, promotes heart health, proven to reduce cell oxidation, antioxidant protection for healthy circulation protection from environmental stresses. Anti-aging benefits with Vitamin C (Acerola Cherry, 10 mg), Trans-Resveratrol (25 mg), proprietary superfruit blend of Acerola Cherry, Grape Seed extracts, Grape vines and seeds, Muscadine grape, Pomegranate (70%).
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Advanced Formula, Youtheory, 25 mg, 290 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Synergistic Formula, Natures Way, 37.5 mg, 60 VCaps
    Antioxidant dietary supplement, synergistic formula, certified potency.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 30 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 30 Tabs (1)
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 30 Tabs (2)
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 60 Tabs (1)
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 60 Tabs (2)
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 120 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 120 Tabs (1)
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 40 mg, 120 Tabs (2)
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Now Foods, 50 mg, 60 VCaps
    Dietary supplement for cardiovascular support, high potency, rich in polyphenols, vegetarian formula, GMP quality assured. 100 mg of Red Wine Extract, 50 mg natural Trans-Resveratrol.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Plus, Thompson, 75 mg, 30 Caps
    Japanese Knotweed with Grape Extract dietary supplement.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Natures Way, 75 mg, 60 VCaps
    Resveratrol formula is a comprehensive blend of antioxidants. Resveratrol is found in red wine and protects cells against lipid peroxidation and free radicals. Japanese knotweed is a potent source of Resveratrol and has traditionally been used for the heart, liver and blood vessels. Ingredients include Red Wine Extract - 30% Polyphenols (60 mg) 200 mg; Red Wine Powder - 200 mg; Japanese Knotweed - 50% Resveratrol (75 mg) 150 mg; Grape Seed Extract - 95% Polyphenols (95 mg) 100 mg.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Six Herbal, Kroeger Herb, 75 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Red Wine Extract With Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 80 mg Total Resveratrols, 30 Tabs
    Worldwide research has shown that the components of red wine, including polyphenols and anthocyanidins, support the cardivascular system by promoting healthy blood flow and strengthening capillaries.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol with Red Wine Extract, Planetary Herbals, 80 mg, 30 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol with Red Wine Extract, Planetary Herbals, 80 mg, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Red Wine Extract With Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 80 mg Total Resveratrols, 60 Tabs
    Worldwide research has shown that the components of red wine, including polyphenols and anthocyanidins, support the cardivascular system by promoting healthy blood flow and strengthening capillaries.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 80 mg, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 80 mg, 120 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 30 Tabs
    Dietary supplement contains 100 mg of pure resveratrol, a compound produced by grapes and other plants. Used for healthy aging and to help maintain normal heart health and a healthy circulatory system. Suitable for vegetarians.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 30 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 30 Tabs
    Antioxidant dietary supplement contains 100 mg of pure resveratrol, a compound produced by grapes and other plants. Suitable for vegetarians.
    HerbsPro: Age-Less Trans-Resveratrol, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 100 mg, 30 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Best Trans-Resveratrol Featuring ResVinol-25, Doctors Best, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    High potency dietary supplement, science based nutrition suitable for vegetarians. Resveratrol formulation featuring ResVinol-25.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    Dietary supplement promotes cardiovascular functions and healthy aging. Resveratrols from Polygonum Cuspidatum. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Plus, Country Life, 100 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Solgar, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol With Pterostilbene, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Grapeseed Extract With Resveratrol & Pterostilbene, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 120 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Plus Antioxidant, Country Life, 100 mg, 120 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 120 Caps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 120 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Reversitall Plus Resveratrol, Neocell Laboratories, 100 mg, 150 Caps
    Anti-aging dietary supplement with100 mg Trans Resveratrol per serving for heart health, immune support, knotweed free.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 100 mg, 240 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Wild Crafted Resveratrol, Genceutic Naturals, 102 mg, 60 VCaps
    Vegetarian dietary supplement extracted from wild crafted organically grown non GMO grapes. Free of chemical pesticides, greener and cleaner, HPLC tested blend of Muscadine Grape and Japanese Knotweed extracts, highest standardization trans-resveratrol.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol-Forte, Anti-Aging Antioxidant, Enzymatic Therapy, 125 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Clinical Resveratrol, Olympian Labs, 150 mg, 30 Caps
    Resveratrol is a naturally occurring phytoalexin. Phytoalexins are chemical substances produced by plants as a defense against environmental stresses and infection by pathogenic microorganisms, such as fungi. Studies suggest that resveratrol demonstrates potent antioxidant activity and may be associated with a reduced risk of cancer. Resveratrol may also be cardioprotective due to its ability to inhibit the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and inhibit platelet aggregation.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Gaia Herbs, 150 mg, 50 Caps
    Dietary supplement provides antioxidant and cardiovascular support, support healthy aging. Trans-Resveratrol 150 mg. Resveratrol concentration equals 60 bottles of wine per serving.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol-Forte, High Potency, Enzymatic Therapy, 175 mg, 30 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol-Forte, High Potency, Enzymatic Therapy, 175 mg, 60 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 30 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 30 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Synergy, Jarrow Formulas, 200 mg, 60 Tabs
    Dietary supplement with trans-pterostilbene (methylated resveratrol), 200 mg total resveratrol from polygonum cuspidatum. Promotes cardiovascular function and healthy aging. Vegan formula.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Now Foods, 200 mg, 60 VCaps
    Dietary supplement for cardiovascular support with red wine extract. Vegetarian formula, GMP quality assured.
    HerbsPro: Best Trans-Resveratrol Featuring ResVinol-25, Doctors Best, 200 mg, 60 VCaps
    High potency dietary supplement, science based nutrition suitable for vegetarians. Resveratrol formulation featuring ResVinol-25.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 120 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Source Naturals, 200 mg, 120 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Now Foods, 200 mg, 120 VCaps
    Dietary supplement for cardiovascular support with red wine extract. Vegetarian formula, GMP quality assured.
    HerbsPro: Age-Less Trans-Resveratrol, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 250 mg, 30 VCaps
    Antioxidant dietary supplement with Red Wine Extract.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol With Red Wine Extract, Solgar, 250 mg, 30 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol-Rich, Super Strength, Natural Factors, 250 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Nature's Answer, 250 mg, 60 VCaps
    Cellular longevity complex dietary supplement, ORAC Super 7, with Quik-Sorb.
    HerbsPro: Age-Less Trans-Resveratrol, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 250 mg, 60 VCaps
    Antioxidant dietary supplement with Red Wine Extract.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol With Red Wine Extract, Solgar, 250 mg, 60 Softgels
    HerbsPro: Optimized Resveratrol, Synergistic Grape-Berry Actives, Life Extension, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Pterostibene & Resveratrol, Now Foods, 50 mg / 250 mg, 60 VCaps
    Dietary supplement for cardiovascular support, anti-aging free radical scavenger.
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Healthy Origins, 300 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Healthy Origins, 300 mg, 150 VCaps
    HerbsPro: RAW Resveratrol, Garden of Life, 350 mg, 60 VCaps
    Garden of Life RAW Resveratrol is a powerful, whole food resveratrol formula, combining RAW fermented resveratrol, 23 RAW organically grown fruits and vegetables, including Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes, plus live probiotics and digestive enzymes. A synergistic blend of bioactive phytonutrients with a wide array of beneficial cofactors, RAW Resveratrol supports antioxidant activity, heart health and healthy aging. RAW Resveratrol is a highly potent source of polyphenols, providing 350 mg of trans-resveratrol per servingas much trans-resveratrol as in 200 bottles of red winesupporting numerous systems, including the circulatory, respiratory, reproductive and digestive systems.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol, Solgar, 500 mg, 30 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Clinical Resveratrol, Powerful Antioxidant, Olympian Labs, 500 mg, 30 Caps
    HerbsPro: Age-Less Trans-Resveratrol, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 500 mg, 30 VCaps
    Antioxidant dietary supplement with Red Wine Extract.
    HerbsPro: Wild & Pure Resveratrol, Wildcrafted, Genceutic Naturals, 500 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Clinical Resveratrol, Powerful Antioxidant, Olympian Labs, 500 mg, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Age-Less Trans-Resveratrol, BlueBonnet Nutrition, 500 mg, 60 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Trans-Resveratrol, Doctors Best, 600 mg, 60 Caps
    Maximum potency resveratrol formulation, vegan dietary supplement.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol With Grape Skin & Red Wine Extracts, Vita Plus, 60 Caps
    Reseveratrol has been researched extensively for it's benificial properties to fight dangerous free radicals and help promote a healthy lifestyle. Our formulation provides high Resveratrol content along with other synergidtic nutrients. Ingredients include per capsule Grape Skin (4:1 Extract) 100 mg; Red Wine (4:1 Concentrate) 50 mg; Quercetin (Dihydrate) 20 mg, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Japanese Knotweed) 500 mg.


    Dry & Liquid Supplements

    HerbsPro: Collagen Lift Resveratrol Plus Vanilla, Natures Life, 260 Grams
    Sun Food Energy dietary supplement with Collagen Types I, II, & III, French Red Wine Japanese Knotweed, DMAE, ALA.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Antioxidant Liquid Serum, Life Extension, 1 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Red Wine Alternative With Resveratrol, Herbasway, 2 fl. oz.
    Red wine altnerative is a liquid concentrate formula, rich in antioxidants, derived from our proprietary mixture of grape seed extract, grape pomace extract and giant knotweed extract. Rich in resveratrol (20 mg) and other powerful polyphenols (110 mg). Healthy supplement provides multiple benefits of these antioxidants.
    HerbsPro: 4Resveratrol Liquid, Genesis Today, 4 fl. oz.
    4Resveratrol is the only liquid supplement that blends 7 all-natural sources of resveratrol in a pure, bio-available, and highly potent combination with over 575 mg of our Proprietary Resveratrol Blend per 1 fl. oz. serving! Best known as one of the key healthful components of red wine, this 4Resveratrol packs more than 150 times the levels of resveratrol found in a glass of red wine.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Reserve Liquid, Reserveage, 5 fl. oz.
    Dietary supplement 99% pure trans-resveratrol equivalent to 3,990 glasses of wine. One serving equals 133 glasses of wine. Great tasting liquid concentrate, alcohol and preservative free with maximum absorption.
    HerbsPro: Resveratrol Reserve, Natures Answer, 5 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: 4Resveratrol Liquid, Genesis Today, 16 fl. oz.
    4Resveratrol is the only liquid supplement that blends 7 all-natural sources of resveratrol in a pure, bio-available, and highly potent combination with over 575 mg of our Proprietary Resveratrol Blend per 1 fl. oz. serving! Best known as one of the key healthful components of red wine, this 4Resveratrol packs more than 150 times the levels of resveratrol found in a glass of red wine.
    HerbsPro: Natural Resveratrol, Now Foods, 16 fl. oz.
    Blended with Acai, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Goji Berry, VitaBerry plus other super fruits. Cardiovascular support dietary supplement. Genuine whole food. Mega potency with superior antioxidant protection. Vegetarian formula.
    HerbsPro: TransResveratrol Liquid, Tropical Oasis, 32 fl. oz.
    Help promote a healthy heart with Tropical Oasis TransResveratrol. Trans-reseveratrol is the active form of the resveratrol polyphenols. Studies have shown that trans-resveratrol actually increases the lifespan of animals in tests as well as promotes an increase in cell mitochondrial function, which translates into an increase in energy expenditure, improved aerobic capacity, and enhanced sensorimotor function. It is credited with beneficial effects in promoting heart health and longevity. The best France has to offer for youthful and healthy aging. Made with 300 mg derived from the Japanese Knotweed. May promote coronary health.
    HerbsPro: Acai Resveratrol, Natural Antioxidant, Tropical Oasis, 32 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: 4Resveratrol Liquid, Genesis Today, 32 fl. oz.
    4Resveratrol is the only liquid supplement that blends 7 all-natural sources of resveratrol in a pure, bio-available, and highly potent combination with over 575 mg of our Proprietary Resveratrol Blend per 1 fl. oz. serving! Best known as one of the key healthful components of red wine, this 4Resveratrol packs more than 150 times the levels of resveratrol found in a glass of red wine.


    LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS

    LEF: Resveratrol with Pterostilbene, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 VCaps
    Findings from published scientific literature indicate that resveratrol may be the most effective compound for maintaining optimal health and promoting longevity. Resveratrol is a phytoalexin, a polyphenolic compound which is produced by Vitis vinifera as a response to attack by molds. Based on studies that higher amounts of resveratrol may be beneficial, Life Extension offers this 100 mg trans-resveratrol product working in concert with trans-pterostilbene. Pterostilbene, a stilbene compound from the same family as resveratrol, has been shown to work synergistically with resveratrol, to unlock one’s longevity genes, thus conferring even greater anti-aging benefits. In laboratory tests, pterostilbene has shown promise for supporting cardiovascular health, glucose levels that are already within normal range, anti-aging and cognitive function. It helps improve mitochondrial function and supports healthy metabolic function by activating SIRT1 and mimicking calorie restriction. It has also shown potential to ease inflammation and support antioxidant activity.
    LEF: Resveratrol Anti-Oxidant Serum, Life Extension, 1 oz.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Resveratrol Plus, Natrol, 100 mg, 30 Tabs: K
    Kalyx: Wild Crafted Resveratrol, Genceutic Naturals, 100 mg, 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Resveratrol, Nature's Answer, 250 mg, 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Natural Resveratrol, Healthy Origins, 300 mg, 150 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Resveratrol, Wild & Pure, Genceutic Naturals, 500 mg, 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: Resveratrol-50, FoodScience Labs, 120 VCaps: K
    Kalyx: Red Wine Alternative With Resveratrol, Herbasway Laboratories, 2 fl oz: HF


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  • Nutrition Basics: Resveratrol Supplement Information



  • SANHELIOS CIRCU CAPS SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Circu Caps Butcher's Broom Dietary Supplement, Circulation Support, Sanhelios, 48 Caps
    HerbsPro: Circu Caps Butcher's Broom Dietary Supplement, Circulation Support, Sanhelios, 96 Caps


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  • VERATRUM ALBUM HOMEOPATHIC SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

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