If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may have prescribed a cholesterol-lowering drug called a statin. Some of the more popular statins are Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor. and Zetia
What these drugs do is lower your LDL levels, also known as bad cholesterol. They work in one of two ways. Most statin drugs, including Lipitor, work by inhibiting the enzyme in your liver that is involved in cholesterol production. By blocking this enzyme, the body’s LDL cholesterol levels are decreased.
The newer statins, such as Zetia, do not decrease production; rather they reduce the absorption of cholesterol into the digestive tract. There are also cholesterol drugs that inhibit production and absorption, combining two statins into one.
Regardless of the mechanism by which they work, there is one problem that is common to all statin medications…side effects. Now we are all well aware that prescription drugs can cause adverse reactions…we’ve seen the commercials and read the magazine ads with the laundry list of potential problems to be on the lookout for.
But statin medications come with some very serious potential side effects, and unfortunately many people who are advised to take them are unaware of just how dangerous they can be.
In addition to the common side effects such as headaches, fever, nausea and stomach upset, cholesterol drugs can cause extreme muscle pain which could lead to muscle disease, and very serious liver problems. Although rare, there have been hundreds of documented cases, some of which have even led to death.
It’s important to realize that any time you are introducing a foreign chemical into your body that is significantly altering a natural process, you’re going to experience adverse effects. Sure, the end result is lower LDL cholesterol…but at what price?
That’s why you need to know what your options are when it comes to lowering cholesterol. Oftentimes you can treat high cholesterol effectively with dietary modifications, lifestyle changes or supplements that can lower your cholesterol naturally. A combination of the three can be even more effective.
The benefit of natural supplements is that they do not cause side effects, and in addition to effectively lowering LDL some can actually raise your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
If it’s a severe case of hypercholesterolemia, a statin drug may in fact be your best choice. But if there are safe, natural supplements available that can be as effective if not more so than prescription drugs, aren’t they worth considering?
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