Despite the “alternative rhetoric”, abnormal blood cholesterol profiles are a key risk for cardiovascular and stroke risk. Lowering blood cholesterol must not be undertaken, at the expense of considering lifestyle changes for cardiovascular health, with special reference to control of blood homocysteine and inflammation. Cholesterol lowering drugs are often focused in their effect, with a disproportionate ability to lower LDL, without normalization of blood triglycerides and often limited ability to elevate HDL.

Lifestyle changes with the addition of synergistic dietary supplements that promote healthy cholesterol and homocysteine levels are quite versatile and safe. Few physicians need to be reminded about the onerous side effects and expense of “statin-type” cholesterol lowering drugs, which are overused and sometimes misused. The first line option for controlling blood cholesterol and other cardiovascular risk factors does not involve drug prescriptions or dietary supplements, in many circumstances. It involves lifestyle change.

The use of single supplements or drugs to promote a healthy blood cholesterol levels has disadvantages or limitations. Combination formulations of both supplements and drugs are emerging due to the recognition of the advantage of using several substances that have different mechanisms of action in the control of blood cholesterol (a body function). These principles apply to agents used to promote a healthy blood cholesterol level and they apply to the holistic care of cardiovascular health where focused interventions on one risk factor cannot be seen to be effective. The natural clinician must connect the dots in cardiovascular risk factors by not just promoting cholesterol health levels or just lowering homocysteine or just advising weight loss…and the rest. Morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease remains stubbornly high because prevention and treatment interventions are often too focused on one aspect of cardiovascular risk. Natural clinicians connect the dots in comprehensive cardiovascular care.

A useful dietary supplement combination for general nutritional support of cardiovascular risk covers three components of pathophysiology. The first involves an effective combination of substances that have multiple actions on the biochemical cascades of cholesterol absorption, synthesis, degradation and maintenance of healthy blood lipid C

profile. Clinical Cholesterol/Anti-Homocysteine Support™ contains: Oat Bran 10% Beta Glucan, Trimethylglycine, Ginger Root, Phytosterols 90%, Allium sativum, Garlic 1.2% Alliin, Gum Guggul 2.5%, Allium cepa, Niacin, Vitamin C, Artichoke Leaf 5%, Grape Seed 95% OPC’s, Vitamin B-6, Resveratrol 30% Extract, Policosanols, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12 and Chromium.

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