Natural remedies for high cholesterol and triglycerides without side effects

These drugs (for high cholesterol and triglycerides) also play a role in antioxidants that protect the artery wall, and are sometimes even given preventively, regardless of cholesterol levels when there are signs of aging blood vessels, but they have side effects. Fortunately, there are natural sources of statins that successfully regulate cholesterol and triglycerides.

Cholesterol is a substance that is a normal building block in every cell of the body. It produces several types of hormones (testosterone, estradiol, cortisol), is part of vitamin D, and is necessary for the production of bile cells needed for normal digestion of food, especially fats. Apart from the food that is consumed, cholesterol is created in the body, primarily in the liver (1-2 g) per day.

Triglycerides are compounds of alcohol, glycerol and fatty acids. We take them through food and the body must break down them into glycerol and fatty acids.
Glycerol is converted to glucose (blood sugar) which can be used to create energy or build other substances, and fatty acids are broken down to simpler ones, which also generate energy.
Hyperlipidemias or increased levels of fats (lipids) in the blood (refers to cholesterol and triglycerides) are common in our population and in the world.
Their treatment is necessary because they lead to more serious complications such as atherosclerosis, which is further a direct cause of heart attack or stroke.
When your cholesterol levels are very high, your doctor will prescribe statins, drugs that lower its level, or drugs that lower triglycerides. Therapeutic action should be taken in order to reduce the level of total and LDL cholesterol, and to increase the level of HDL cholesterol.
These drugs also play a role in antioxidants that protect the artery wall, and are sometimes even given preventively, regardless of cholesterol levels:
-when there are signs of aging of blood vessels, ie. deposits or more serious damage,
-after vascular intervention (stenting, balloon artery dilation),
-after surgical revascularization of the heart (bypass), in the presence of diabetes, etc.

However, these are chemical compounds that should be used for a long time (usually therapy is lifelong), and like any drug have side effects (the most common side effect is muscle pain, then headache, dizziness, constipation, proteinuria, increased blood sugar in the blood, hypersensitive skin reactions, etc.)
More serious side effects are: liver damage, neurological effects, peripheral neuropathy, cataracts, severe allergic reactions. Fortunately, there are natural sources of statins that successfully regulate cholesterol and triglycerides.
Such is the case with red rice, which is rich in active ingredients – monacolins, which are considered natural statins. Of all the monacolins, the most active is Monakolin K, which inhibits the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase and thus stops the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. Monakolin K is also known as mevinolin or lovastatin.
Monakolin K is crucial for the effectiveness of red rice in terms of lowering total cholesterol, lowering LDL cholesterol and blood triglycerides. In addition to monacoline, the fermentation process produces plant sterols, unsaturated fatty acids, digestive enzymes, B vitamins (niacin) and other products that also contribute to the action and effectiveness of the product.

The beneficial effect is achieved by daily intake of 10 mg monakolin K from fermented red rice.
Clinical studies have shown its effectiveness in lowering blood triglycerides and cholesterol after 4-8 weeks of administration. Studies have shown a reduction in triglyceride levels and total cholesterol by 26%.



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