My husband has high cholesterol.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has high cholesterol and has tried many different medications, but he always ends up experiencing muscle pain/soreness when taking them. Are there any alternative approaches he can try? Thanks!” — Lori M., Kenosha, WI
A. Dear Lori, After doing very extensive research on cholesterol and its effects on the human body, I don’t believe there is such a thing as high cholesterol. Cholesterol is not the enemy – it’s a vitally important building block for everything from vitamin D to our sex hormones. Having said that, I do believe in maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance. That’s why I appreciate natural ingredients that don’t dramatically drop the cholesterol we truly need or cause adverse effects the way that statin drugs do. I suggest that your husband add three nutrients to his daily regimen to help balance his cholesterol levels – Indian Gooseberry (also called Amla), omega-3 fatty acids, and CoQ10.
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, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that 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 one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.
If I were to add one more supplement to this regimen, consider CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10). Statin drugs lower levels of CoQ10, a crucial element for cellular energy production in the mitochondria – the cellular “engine.” Since CoQ10 is needed by virtually every cell in the body – especially heart cells – you can understand how much more risk statins create by depleting this vital nutrient. Make sure to choose a formula that features a non-oxidized ubiquinol form, 100 to 200 mg daily.
Please be patient, it may take at least three months before he can expect to see the benefits.
Terry . . . Naturally