How to lower the level of bad cholesterol in blood without statins

Lowering the level of bad cholesterol with B vitamins

Today, doctors in the USA and Israel advise patients to lower blood cholesterol with B vitamins. B vitamins are often called “energy vitamins”, as they are an important component for energy metabolism. Thus, they allow you obtain energy from the foods that you eat. These vitamins literally generate a surge of energy in the body. B vitamins are also able to reduce the levels of "bad" cholesterol (Low density lipoprotein, or LDL) and to increase the levels of “good” cholesterol (High-density lipoprotein, or HDL). As a result, doctors often recommend their patients to take B vitamins to normalize cholesterol.

Lowering the level of bad cholesterol with B5 vitamins

According to clinical trials held in Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, pantethine (active form of B5 vitamin, also called pantothenic acid) lowers both total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol. Unlike synthetic lipid-lowering drugs (such as Lipitor, Zokor, Crestor etc.), pantothenic acid does not cause any non-desirable side effects.

Pantethine also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by improving the heart muscle’s work and increases the effectiveness of cardiac glycosides. Additionally, the active form of pantothenic acid protects the body from the harmful effects of the environment, e.g. from cigarette smoke etc.

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B3 vitamins

Niacin (also called as nicotinic acid, or B3 vitamin) increases "good" HDL cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota, USA), one of the world’s largest medical and research centers, taking niacin both separately and in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs can help normalize cholesterol in the body.

Niacin is especially active in the metabolism processes of liver tissue and reduces fat levels in blood. Vitamin B3 is very well studied. As a result of a series of double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trials, there is convincing proof that niacin reduces the level of "bad" LDL cholesterol by about 10 percent, and triglycerides by about 25 percent, and also increases the level of "good" HDL cholesterol by 20-30 percent.

B12 vitamins

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Vitamin B12 also has a significant effect on cholesterol levels. According to numerous studies, taking B12 vitamin every day not only lowers cholesterol, but also improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system, e.g. reduces the risk of blood vessel atherosclerosis (lumen narrowing in arteries that leads to the blockage of blood vessels). This important nutrient also helps fight chronic fatigue and strengthens the central nervous system (CNS). However, it’s worth noting that B12 vitamin is better absorbed along with other B vitamins, e.g. with B3 vitamins.

What is better: to get B vitamins from food or supplements?

B vitamins help normalize cholesterol, but are you sure that your body is getting enough vitamins? First of all, you should pay attention to your diet, as food is the best source of beneficial nutrients. If you need more vitamins than there are in the products you consume, you can add a vitamin supplements to your daily diet. One such supplement is the Al Vit B Complex.