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Jun 21, 2016 · Supplements vs statins - which is more effective? in Heart & Blood Health

Greetings each and everyone! I just thought it would be a good idea to finally share with the astonishing results of my latest blood test checkup. After a 2 month and 1 week period of time, LDL or “bad” cholesterol dropped from 250.6 to 148.8. Total Cholesterol has plummeted by 98 points – from 334 to 236. Also, my HDL or “good” cholesterol went down from 42 to 39. However, I got a slight raise in my triglycerides levels which went up from 207 to 241. I can only attribute this improvement to a bunch of supplements I’ve been taking for the past 2 months, red yeast rice is among them. Although my lipid profile is still considered slightly high, I will continue what I’ve started and I won’t give up. Thank you for all your support and encouragement 🙂

May 19, 2016 · I was wondering if it would be ok to take Lutein with beta-carotene in Lung Health

@aliskahan thanks a lot! Are the interactions between lutein and beta-carotene major or minor? Would it be safer to supplement on both in order to avoid any deficiency that might occur in the future? Also, how much zinc, copper, and carotenoids -beta-carotene and lutein- in pumpkin seed oil? Is it okay to take 2 g of pumpkin seed oil daily along with 25000 iU (15 g) of beta-carotene? As I mentioned earlier, I’m a very light smoker (2-3 cigarettes per day, sometimes I do not smoke at all). Is there any possibility a/o evidence that supplementing with beta-carotene will affect my lungs in the long run? Besides, is it safe to take 40 mg of niacin (vitamin B3) which is found in a particular multivitamin along with red yeast rice? I’ve read that major interactions may occur when daily dosages of >=1 g of niacin are taken daily with 20+ mg of statins. Thanks!

May 12, 2016 · I was wondering if it would be ok to take Lutein with beta-carotene in Lung Health

Thank @aliskahan for your prompt answer. I really appreciate a lot sharing these relevant articles. Actually, I had a Lasik eye surgery about 2 years ago. Ever since, I’ve always had this feeling that one eye is better that the other, and in my case, the right eye was always a total loser. I even went to my doctor after the surgery for many routine checkups, but the answer was never satisfying. I just can’t keep comparing both eyes to no avail. Also, I am a computer worker and my job requires a great deal of focus and concentration so this is so distracting and led me into beleiving that this has badly affected my productivity and performance. I will give the supplements a try because it might be of a great help for me and also because I have nothing to lose. However, the unpredictible interactions between Lutein and Beta Carotene are stopping me from proceeding any further. I just wanted to make sure that these two supplements, which I found combined in some brands, are totally safe and wouldn’t do me any harm. Thanks

May 12, 2016 · Supplements vs statins - which is more effective? in Heart & Blood Health

Thanks @colleenyoung for your prompt answer. I really appreciate that you tagged that post with relevant people! Actually, I am about to join a gym. I hope it will help me get healthy and improve my reading.

May 12, 2016 · I was wondering if it would be ok to take Lutein with beta-carotene in Lung Health

Hello. I was wondering if it would be ok to take Lutein supplement in combination with beta-carotene to treat the slight blurriness in my right eye. Will this be causing any interactions in the long run? I think I’ve read somewhere that 25000 IU is the maximum dosage an adult can take as a dietary supplement on a daily basis. I intend to take about half this value (10 000 IU from a beta carotene supplement and 2500 IU or so from spirulina or other whole food supplements)
What about the side effects (joints and bones pains, diarrhea, dizziness) and how accurate is the lung cancer thing? I am a very light smoker (I sometimes smoke about 2 cigarettes a day). Are there any other side-effects I should be aware of. Besides, should I supplement on zinc when taking high daily doses of copper (up to 10 mg)? Thanks!

May 12, 2016 · Supplements vs statins - which is more effective? in Heart & Blood Health

Hello. My name is Eliott. Over the last 5 years, I’ve been suffering from hypercholesterolemia.
As I am turning 25, my cholesterol levels seem to be relentlessly increasing. Despite the fact that I do not practice any sport, and my job requires me to sit all day long, I’ve never been overweight. To the contrary, I have always managed to maintain a healthy but not ideal or athletic body weight.
All the doctors I’ve met insisted on putting me on prescription statin drugs, which I refused because of their predictable severe side effects in the long run on bones, muscles, and joints, etc… Even though my good HDL cholesterol worth 42 points, I am kind of concerned that my LDL cholesterol has reached 292 mg/dl, according the last blood check-up which I did on mid-April 2016. Today, I am being extra careful watching my diet. Trying hard to reduce my fat intake by avoiding fried foods, sweets, bakery and everything that I’ve read it might badly affect my cholesterol. I drink a lot of green tea, I eat oat with some dried fruits for breakfast. I quit dairy products and substituted chicken for red meat, etc… In brief, I now feel forced to consume heart-healthy foods which have been shown to help lower bad blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels. In addition, it’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been taking 1200 mg of red yeast rice daily with a dose of 100 mg of coQ10 (later, I was shocked to discover that red yeast rice is still controversial and is not but an alternative statin. How accurate is this?). I also make sure to sparingly include in my diet supplements and whole foods such as spirulina, chlorella, rice protein, vitamins D3 and B12, grape seed extract (sometimes red wine, resveratrol or pomegranate), royal jelly, etc…
As a next step, I am seriously planning to switch to either a combination of Sytrinol, Flush-Free
niacin and apple pectin OR a garlic supplement (1800-2000 mg), cayenne (2000 mg) in addition to a certain dose of Guar Gum and/or Psyllium. But before proceeding any further, I just want to know whether or not I am doing the right thing. If not, should I give up all the supplements and switch to an individual dose of a statin? Could you please advise me on which cure will be more effective in my case? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!