When it comes to cholesterol, patients often tell me it runs in their family and there is nothing they can do about it. Although yes it is true that if high cholesterol runs in your family, it increases your risk of also developing high cholesterol, it doesn’t however mean there is nothing you can do about it.
Top Nutrients to Help Lower Cholesterol
- Vitamin C– which protects LDL (bad cholesterol) from oxidation making it less sticky reducing its risk of clogging arteries.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)– as been shown to effectively lower highly atherogenic Lp(a) by decreases Lp(a)’s rate of synthesis in the liver.
- Lipoic Acid – improves lipid profiles by reducing small, dense LDL (the very dangerous form of cholesterol). It also protects vascular lining of arteries from oxidized cholesterol.
- Choline– which is involved in the regulation of HDL (good cholesterol) metabolism.
- Chromium- has been show to improve cholesterol specifically in patients with insulin resistance.
- Selenium– prevent post- prandial (after a meal) changes in lipoproteins that make lipoproteins more susceptible to oxidation and thus becoming more harmful.
- Zinc- suboptimal zinc lead to an increase in dangerous lipoprotein which can cause vascular inflammation and arterial plaque formation. Cellular zinc controls the gene that makes heart – protective good cholesterol (HDL)