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Various tests conducted in the US and other countries prove that there are several effective natural herbs and supplements that may help lower LDL and raise bHDL or "good" cholesterol/b. Since the causes of high bcholesterol levels/b are wide and varied by person to person, having different methods to lower LDL is very important. Natural remedies such as Guggul, Pantethine, Policosanol, Curcumin, and Beta-Sitosterol are just a few supplements that are easily available at low cost.


bGuggul/b - Guggul, the gum resin from the mukul myrrh tree, when compared to the drug clofibrate in clinical trials, the average fall in serum bcholesterol/b was slightly greater in the guggul group. While clofibrate did not increase bHDL levels/b, a 60% rise in HDL levels was noticed in people responding to guggul.


Patients who had been given bPolicosanol/b for a period of twelve weeks showed a 25% reduction in LDL cholesterol, a 17% reduction in total cholesterol, and a 28% increase in bHDL cholesterol/b.


bNiacin/b or vitamin B3 is the most common treatment for normalizing the blood lipid levels. From various trials conducted consumption of the drug niacin increased bHDL (good cholesterol)/b by 30% or more while reducing total cholesterol by 10-25% and triglycerides by as much as 50%. Flushing is a very common side effect in people taking niacin. Flushing is the result of blood vessels opening wide. Another form of Niacin called Inositol Hexanicotinate (IH) or "No-Flush Niacin" is proven as an effective and safer alternative to niacin


500 mg of circumin for seven days at a trial shows a 29% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) and a reduction of 11.6% total bcholesterol/b. Lipid peroxidation was also reduced by 33%. Curcumin was effective in inhibiting LDL oxidation and lowering LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides Latest research says, curcumin ibreduces cholesterol/b/i by interfering with intestinal cholesterol uptake, increasing the conversion of cholesterol into bile acids, and increasing the excretion of bile acids.

bChromium - Polynicotinium/b

bChromium/b supplements increased bHDL cholesterol levels/b by an average of nearly 6 points, a 16 percent increase. 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.

bCalcium Citrate/b

In randomized controlled trial calcium citrate was shown to increase HDL levels. The study showed that 1 gram of calcium (as the citrate) taken daily lowers the damaging component of bblood cholesterol/b and increases the protective cholesterol (HDL). The mean HDL concentration increased by 7%, LDL cholesterol declined by 6% resulting in an improved HDL/LDL ratio of 17%.

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