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High cholesterol: Taking either of these two supplements could help lower your levels


High cholesterol levels are of concern when “bad” LDL (low-density lipoprotein) outnumber “good” HDL (high-density lipoprotein). Two supplements have been proven to help lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce risk of serious health consequences.

High cholesterol can be of concern, as it increases the risk of a heart attack, stroke, mini strokes and atherosclerosis. One popular drink could help to lower “bad” cholesterol.

LDL “bad” cholesterol is troubling as it can build up along the artery walls.

The arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

When cholesterol sticks to the side of the artery walls, the passageway for blood becomes narrower.

The condition can be improved by including either of these two supplements.

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In the process of replacing these lost bile acids, the liver uses cholesterol to produce more. As a result, blood cholesterol levels decrease.

In one study, 47 healthy participants experienced a six percent reduction in LDL cholesterol after taking six grams of psyllium each day for six weeks.

Furthermore, psyllium can help increase HDL cholesterol levels,  research shows.

In a study with The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea intake and it’s cholesterol lowering abilities was analysed.

Fourteen eligible randomised controlled trials with 1136 subjects were enrolled in the meta-analysis.

The study found that green tea consumption significantly lowered the LDL-cholesterol concentration by 2.19 mg/DL but no effect of HDL cholesterol was observed.

It’s important to speak with your GP before embarking on new supplements to lower cholesterol. 





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