When dealing with high cholesterol, vitamin supplements are often a solution thought about. But before opting to go this route, one must understand that different kinds of supplements will have many different results depending on what you choose. Because of this, a health provider must be consulted in the beginning to determine what your cholesterol level is, and what supplements to purchase. It is also very important to take note that supplements will not reverse the ill effects of unhealthy habits such as cigarette smoking and a high fat diet. These supplements should only be used as what is was intended for, to help but not treat any underlying conditions. Therefore, you should only use these combined with healthy habits such as a low fat diet and an active lifestyle.
One nutrient that fights cholesterol is niacin or vitamin B3. It is found in milk, vegetables, eggs and fish. But the concentration of niacin in these foods are not adequate to lower cholesterol. The body’s daily need to fight cholesterol would be around 2,000-3,000 mg and can be supplied with medication. However, consuming niacin must be done carefully, since too much can cause hot flashes, nausea, gout, indigestion, and gastric problems. For this reason, you should only consume niacin with a doctor’s prescription.
Another essential ingredient to keep cholesterol in check is soluble fiber. Foods like apples, barley, oat bran, beans, lentils and citrus fruits are rich in fiber content that also eases digestion. By binding with cholesterol, fiber helps the body expel cholesterol when it leaves the body, taking with it the bad cholesterol, and minimizing the cholesterol absorption through the intestines.
One additional important ingredient to regulate cholesterol levels in the body is garlic extract. But if used excessively, garlic extract can result in stomach gas, bloating, body odor, nausea, heartburn and vomiting. It will also break down omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil and health supplements. Well-known for its HDL-increasing attributes, omega-3 fatty acids are efficient in boosting HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels in your body. Note that if you are taking blood thinning medicine, you must seek advice from a physician prior to integrating garlic and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet program.
If you are interested in all-natural food supplements to curb your cholesterol levels, flax seeds are a very good selection. This type of whole grains have been observed to lower amounts of LDL cholesterol (i.e., ‘bad cholesterol’) and keep it from being absorbed in the intestines. Flax seed is a flexible ingredient of which you can consume with cereal, yogurt or baked with bread or muffins. Be watchful of eating high amounts of flax seed if you are on blood thinning drugs.
This is just a very short list, as there are many more essential supplements in the market. Check with your health care provider or pharmacist for more information.
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