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My doctor said I should take a low dose of a cholesterol-lowering prescription medication.

Dear Terry, “At my last physical, my doctor said I should take a low dose of a cholesterol-lowering prescription medication. I asked why and he thought it may prevent a heart problem even though my results were all within so-called normal. I tried the prescription medication for two weeks and my legs muscles were sore so I stopped taking the product. I don’t want to go back on the prescription medication - are there any more “natural” options?” —​ Ron B., Huntsville, AL

Dear Ron, After doing very extensive research on cholesterol and its effects on the human body, I believe the build-up of cholesterol comes from excessive intake of sugar and carbohydrates. If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. I would recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to the diet plan, I suggest that you also consider adding two nutrients to your daily regimen to help balance your cholesterol levels – Indian Gooseberry (also called Amla) and omega-3 fatty acids.

Indian Gooseberry, a fresh fruit from India, has been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. However, it was modern research that unlocked the secrets to its success in treating heart disease. Indian Gooseberry has antioxidant properties, which allow it to stop the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the first step in heart disease. It is also able to increase levels of HDL – the good, protective form of cholesterol. I recommend taking 1,000 mg daily.

There are also many studies showing the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for reducing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.

Please be patient – you need to allow at least 3 months with the above nutritional program before you evaluate your progress.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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