Some alarming statistics indicate that cardiovascular disease is the 2nd leading cause of death after cancer. A heart attack occurs every 5 seconds, a stroke every 6 seconds, and 17 million people die each year from cardiovascular disease.
Are these numbers irreversible? BY NO MEANS … According to the World Health Organisation, half of the deaths and disabilities resulting from a heart attack or stroke could be prevented by acting on cholesterol levels.
Regulating your LCL cholesterol level naturally
Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice naturally contains a number of ingredients that control LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and blood lipids levels: it has been shown that a daily intake of 2.4 grams of red yeast rice reduces LDL cholesterol by 22%, and total cholesterol by 16% within just 12 weeks.
Why? Because it contains at least 10 monacolins with a chemical structure identical to that of statins, substances with a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect as an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor. The primary monacolin contained in red yeast rice is monacolin K. This is the natural equivalent of lovastatin, a conventional synthetic drug prescribed to treat high blood cholesterol levels. According to a 2008 study, results obtained using a supplement providing 10 mg of (natural) monacolin K are comparable to those obtained using 20-40 mg of lovastatin.
Phytosterols are plant lipids with a chemical structure very similar to that of cholesterol. They partially inhibit cholesterol absorption, by competing for the same absorption sites in the intestine.
The combined intake of phytosterols and statins (red yeast rice) can further reduce cholesterol levels: the two treatments have a complementary effect, with statins reducing cholesterol production by the body, while phytosterols limit its absorption in the intestine.
The most interesting compounds of guggul are Z- and E-guggul sterones, phytosterols that focus their action on high cholesterol and high triglycerides in the blood.
They play an important role in stimulating the binding activity of LDL membrane receptors in the liver, blocking the mechanism that regulates bile acid production in the liver by oxidizing cholesterol, and stimulating thyroid function by direct action on thyroid endocrine cells.
The “health” benefits of these three active ingredients are well established. Their combined action impacts endogenous and exogenous cholesterol levels, regulates triglycerides, and rebalances blood lipids.
Laboratoires Activa offers a natural supplement combining these 3 ingredients and using the microgranule technology that have shown to have better absorption by the body and great benefits. Find out more about Activa Well Being Cholesterol here.
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 Jong A, Plat J, et al. Effects of long-term plant sterol or stanol ester consumption on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism in subjects on statin treatment. Br J Nutr. 2008 Nov;100(5):937-41.
 Kelly M. Shields, Pharm.D., Michael P. Moranville, Guggul for Hypercholesterolemia, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 2005;62(10):1012-1014.