Safe cholesterol treatment


By Brooke Strickland 

A new report by Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (nonprofit research group) says that the safest and most effective treatment for high cholesterol is vitamin B3, also called niacin.  This has been used for years to help control cholesterol, and can significantly help reduce the risk for strokes or heart attacks.  Niacin is best prescribed for people that have high cholesterol that don’t handle statin drugs, which can reduce LDL.   In addition, niacin is best used for people with low levels of heart protective HDL and high triglycerides, or people with inherited cholesterol disorders.  (1)

While niacin is generally safe to use, there are some side effects to it with the most common reaction an itchy, tingling skin redness that can last up to an hour.  In addition, it can also cause muscle problems. If you experience unexpected reactions as a result of taking niacin, contact your doctor immediately for advice.

The best way to avoid high cholesterol is to eat well and exercise often.  There are specific foods that are high in cholesterol that you should steer clear from.  And of course, remember, everything can be enjoyed in moderation and on occasion.  For example, cheeseburgers are packed full of high cholesterol.  So of course, enjoy one on occasion, but making them a part of your regular diet is not a good idea.  In addition, macaroni and cheese, ice cream, certain cuts of steak, greasy snacks, liver, fried foods, muffins, and even eggs can be high cholesterol foods.  Making sure that you have a balanced diet that is mixed in with lots of fresh fruits and veggies is key to maintaining a healthy heart and a solid cholesterol level.

If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor about your options. A diet change or new exercise plan might be enough to help you reduce it.  If other intervention is needed, your doctor can help you determine what options are best for you.

 

1.   Collier Cool, Lisa. “The Safest Cholesterol Treatment.”  Yahoo Health. April 9, 2013. http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/safest-cholesterol-treatment  Accessed April 9, 2013.

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