Are there alternative or complementary cholesterol therapies?

Side Effects of Cholesterol Therapies

Potential side effects. Soy protein may cause some stomach pain and loose stools.

Does Cholestin Lower Cholesterol?

Cholestin has been used for centuries in China. Cholestin is made from fermented rice and red yeast. It contains the same type of compounds that are in the medicines that lower cholesterol called statins.

American studies have confirmed that cholestin may lower total cholesterol in the range of 11% to 32%. Results of one clinical study showed cholestin lowered LDL - known as bad cholesterol - by about 22%. It's available in capsule form. A typical dose is 1,200 mg twice a day.

How much you need. Cholestin is available in capsule form. A typical dose is 1,200 mg twice a day.

Potential side effects. Cholestin may cause liver problems, so your doctor should monitor your liver function if you take it. Also, cholestin may cause the same drug interactions as statin medications do.

Do Fenugreek and Gugulipid Lower Cholesterol?

Some studies have shown that fenugreek may help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Gugulipid, also called guggul gum, may also have these effects. More studies are needed.

Does Garlic Help Lower Cholesterol?

Results of early studies on garlic supplements looked promising. But results of more recent studies have failed to prove these claims. So garlic is no longer considered a useful alternative treatment for cholesterol problems.

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