Move over, statins. A veritable arsenal of natural remedies can lower cholesterol and improve heart health with fewer risks and side effects
Without question, statin drugs lower cholesterol, but many people can’t tolerate their side effects. Te FDA requires warnings of these risks on drug labels: possible liver damage; memory loss, forgetfulness, or confusion; muscle damage, which can manifest as muscle weakness or fatigue; and raised levels of blood sugar and risk for diabetes.
Ironically, statins deplete levels of CoQ10, a nutrient required by the heart and other muscles, and this is one reason why side effects occur. Taking CoQ10 supplements can help correct the problem, and is generally benefcial for the heart. Better still, there are drug-free options for lowering cholesterol.
Depending on your individual situation, natural remedies may be taken alone or, if recommended by a health practitioner, along with a statin to reduce the required dose. As dietary supplements, each of these is available as a single-ingredient product, and sometimes formulas combine two or more for a synergistic effect.