My doctor wants to put me on Lipitor for high cholesterol. I'm currently filling capsules with turmeric, curcumin and pepper and take two a day. Can you actually lower cholesterol with supplements? I prefer to take herbs rather than pharmaceuticals. Thank you!
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February 4, 2021
Yes! In addition to dietary changes, supplements can absolutely aid in lowering cholesterol. You have to decide what is right for you depending on your risk profile. Omega 3s are one of the things I find most effective in cholesterol support. My advice would be to speak with a Naturopathic doctor who can assess your bloodwork and help you come up with an individualized approach for you based on your current state of health!
Some supplements do reduce cholesterol (especially LDL) - Vitamin C, B vitamins (except no B3 (niacin) with Lipitor), Coenzyme Q10 (depleted by Lipitor), fish oil, chromium picolinate and other antioxidants as well. Curcumin is an antioxidant. Sugar, trans- and hydrogenated fats are the biggest contributors to high cholesterol so a whole-food diet high in antioxidants, fresh garlic and onion, walnuts, almonds and celery, fibre, leafy green vegetables and green tea is important as well.