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What's the lead­ing cause of heart at­tack and stroke? It's not el­e­vated choles­terol—it's high blood pres­sure. Known as “the silent killer,” high blood pres­sure has no symp­toms— yet it can be deadly. Blood pres­sure is the amount of force (pres­sure) that blood ex­erts on the walls of the blood ves­sels as it passes through them.

When the pres­sure in your blood ves­sels be­comes too great, the ar­te­rial walls may nar­row or thicken, putting an ex­tra bur­den on the heart.

In ad­di­tion to adopt­ing a low-sodium diet and in­clud­ing reg­u­lar ex­er­cise in your rou­tine, ad­ding cer­tain sup­ple­ments can help re­duce your lev­els even more:

Beet­root Juice: This ruby red veg­gie is high in ni­trates, which the body turns into a gas called ni­tric ox­ide. Ni­tric ox­ide re­laxes the smooth mus­cles in your blood ves­sels, which helps your ar­ter­ies stay prop­erly di­lated.

Nat­tok­i­nase: This is an en­zyme from fer­mented soy­beans that acts like a nat­u­ral ACE in­hibitor. Early tri­als sug­gest that nat­tok­i­nase can lower sys­tolic blood pres­sure by up to 10.9 per­cent and di­as­tolic pres­sure by 9.7 per­cent—and it works quickly, of­ten within eight weeks.

Aged Gar­lic Ex­tract (AGE): This heart-healthy rem­edy is cre­ated by nat­u­rally ag­ing or­ganic gar­lic in spe­cial stain­less steel tanks un­der care­fully con­trolled con­di­tions for up to 20 months. One clin­i­cal study of 79 pa­tients pub­lished in the

Euro­pean Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion found that AGE pos­sessed blood pres­sure-low­er­ing prop­er­ties in those with un­con­trolled sys­tolic (the top num­ber) pres­sure by 9.3 mmHg com­pared to a placebo. AGE is even more ef­fec­tive at re­duc­ing blood pres­sure when com­bined with nat­tok­i­nase and Lthea­nine, which has also been found to lower blood pres­sure.

stud­ies sug­gest that a diet en­riched with plant sterols can de­crease small, dense LDL choles­terol lev­els.

Some foods, such as mar­garine spreads, orange juice, or ce­re­als, are for­ti­fied with plant sterols, but those foods tend to be high in calo­ries and sug­ars, de­feat­ing the pur­pose of a heart-healthy diet. Nat­u­ral food sources in­clude veg­etable oils, nuts, legumes, peas, cau­li­flower, broc­coli, or­anges, tan­ger­ines, and man­gos, but only in small amounts. In­testi­nal ab­sorp­tion of these phy­tos­terols is also low, which is why sup­ple­ments are im­por­tant. Aim for 800 mg to 2 grams per day of plant sterols, but check with your doc­tor fi rst. Also known as vitamin B ,

3 niacin has been shown to lower to­tal LDL, in­crease HDL, re­duce triglyc­erides, and lower el­e­vated lev­els of small, dense LDL par­ti­cles.

Be sure to buy the right kind of niacin: nico­tinic acid is the form that’s been shown to im­prove choles­terol, and typ­i­cal doses are 1–3 grams per day. Other forms, in­clud­ing niaci­namide and inositol hex­an­i­coti­nate, have lit­tle or no ef­fect on choles­terol. Sus­tained-re­lease niacin can cause less fl ush­ing, but may be less ef­fec­tive and can in­crease the risk of liver tox­i­c­ity. No- fl ush niacin has lit­tle or no ef­fect on choles­terol. Check with your doc­tor be­fore sup­ple­ment­ing with niacin.

TRY RED YEAST RICE

A tra­di­tional culi­nary and medic­i­nal com­pound in China, red yeast rice is made by fer­ment­ing a type of yeast called Monascus pur­pureus with rice, which turns the rice a deep red. Red yeast rice sup­ple­ments con­tain sig­nif­i­cant amounts of mona­colin K, a com­pound that’s chem­i­cally iden­ti­cal to lo­vas­tatin, a pre­scrip­tion choles­terol-low­er­ing drug. Red yeast rice works by low­er­ing the liver’s choles­terol pro­duc­tion, and it can de­crease to­tal choles­terol by 13 per­cent and LDL choles­terol by 19 per­cent. One study found that 600 mg a day of red yeast rice sig­nif­i­cantly low­ered both LDL and to­tal choles­terol. It’s shown to be as ef­fec­tive as pre­scrip­tion choles­terol drugs, with­out the as­so­ci­ated mus­cle fa­tigue.

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