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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Lower cholesterol without drugs

Suggestions from the Life Extension Foundation:

Cholesterol reduction
The following nutritional supplements offer synergistic benefits to assist dietary modification to reduce total serum cholesterol and elevate HDL cholesterol:

* Policosanol, take one tablet twice per day with meals: one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Or Sytrinol, one capsule twice daily.

* Fiber, 4 to 6 grams before any high-fat meal.

* Chitosan, three to six 500-mg chitosan capsules and one 1000 mg ascorbic acid capsule right before a high-fat meal.

* Niacin, 1500 to 3000 mg a day (if tolerable). Consider flush-free niacin (inositol hexanicotinate) to avoid a "red face."

* Artichoke extract, 300 mg, 3 times a day.

* Garlic, 600 to 48000 mg a day.

* Curcumin, 900 to 1800 mg a day.

* Gugulipid, 140 mg 1 to 2 times a day.

* Green tea, 750 mg a day of green tea, 93% polyphenol extract.

* Perilla oil, 6000 mg a day. We suggest taking six 1000-mg gel caps daily. If triglycerides are high, consider taking 4-8 softgels of fish oil (EPA/DHA).

* Vitamin E, 400 to 800 IU daily

* Soy protein extract, 2 heaping teaspoons (5 to 6 grams) of soy powder daily. Soy powder can be easily dispersed and has a light peanut butter taste. For those who want to avoid powders, consider taking one-five capsules of the Ultra Soy Extract (40% isoflavones) daily.

* Selenium, 200 to 600 mcg daily.

* Herbal Cardiovascular Formula, two-six capsules daily with food in divided doses.