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Currently over one out of four people in the US between the ages of 40 and 75 takes statins, so cholesterol appears to be a concern for about 30 million people.

Plus guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have expanded the parameters for statin treatment, thereby potentially raising that number to one out of two.

Although the AMA and ACC are very vocal about the fact that cardiac events such as heart attack or stroke may be prevented in some people, what we’re not hearing about is the fact that statins are NOT safe.

In fact, they’re quite the opposite.

Click through to see just how deadly statins can be, and learn about how to use the power of nutrients to keep your cholesterol level healthy.

Nutrients that lower cholesterol

Currently about 30 million people in the US between the ages of 40 and 75 take statins, so I think it’s safe to say we have a cholesterol issue going on.

Plus guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology have expanded the parameters for statin treatment, thereby potentially jacking that number up to 56 million people on cholesterol-lowering medications.

Although the guideline authors are optimistic that the additional statin use may (but not necessarily will) help prevent cardiac events such as heart attack or stroke in some people, what is not being trumpeted in the vast flurry of cholesterol-lowering excitement is the fact that statins are NOT safe!

In fact, they can be deadly.

Statins are not safe
It continues to boggle my mind when I read articles quoting respected cardiologists that profess that statins are safe.

Here are excerpts from the package insert for Crestor with highlighting that I added and my comments in parenthesis (you can see the entire document at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2010/021366s016lbl.pdf ):

5.1 Skeletal Muscle Effects
Cases of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis with acute renal failure (potentially fatal kidney failure) secondary to myoglobinuria have been reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, including CRESTOR.

5.2 Liver Enzyme Abnormalities and Monitoring
It is recommended that liver enzyme tests be performed before and at 12 weeks following both the initiation of therapy and any elevation of dose, and periodically (e.g., semiannually) thereafter. Increases in serum transaminases [AST (SGOT) or ALT (SGPT)] (abnormal liver function) have been reported with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, including CRESTOR.

6 ADVERSE REACTIONS
The most common adverse reactions that led to treatment discontinuation were:
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • headache
  • asthenia (abnormal physical weakness)
Other adverse reactions reported in clinical studies were abdominal pain, dizziness, hypersensitivity (including rash, pruritus, urticaria, and angioedema) and pancreatitis (potentially fatal inflammation of the pancreas); thyroid function abnormalities.

Tell me, does that sound “safe” to you?

Naturally help lower cholesterol
Thankfully there are other ways to help lower serum cholesterol that don’t subject you to possible fatal kidney, liver or pancreas failure, or thyroid problems.

It’s all about relying on the farmer and not the pharmacist…

Engaging the power of nutrients!

Here are some superstar nutrients that have been proven to help promote healthy cholesterol levels:

  • Niacin (vitamin B3): Niacin has been shown to help both lower total cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Vitamin C:  Studies have shown that vitamin C can help lower total cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels and platelet adhesiveness, and at the same time increase HDL cholesterol.
  • Selenium: Selenium is an impressive antioxidant which has been shown to prevent atherosclerosis. It works best when combined with vitamin E, another potent antioxidant.
  • Zinc: A recent study conducted at the Univeristy of Colombo has shown that zinc supplementation significantly reduced total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Chromium: Although it’s just a trace mineral, chromium has shined as a nutreint that impressively lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.

And the good news is ALL of these cholesterol-lowering nutrients are in Super Core multi-vitamin formula
So in addition to a healthy diet, you can make sure you have all nutrient bases covered (and help keep your cholesterol level healthy!) with Super Core.

But wait—there’s one more!
We can’t forget one of the most important cholesterol-controlling nutrients…

Omega-3 essential fatty acids!

When you have a deficiency of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 EFAs combined with too many inflammation-stirring Omega-6 EFAs (like most people with a typical modern diet do), you're encouraging inflammation, pain and disease, as well as not being able to eliminate old worn-out cholesterol as well as you should.

But when you bring the balance closer to the ideal 3:1 range of Omega-6 to Omega-3, they can act in harmony to keep inflammation low in your body (including your arteries!) and help you get rid of excess cholesterol.

VitalMega-3 is a top-quality fish oil formula that can help you achieve this optimal balance.

Based on recent studies, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported decreases in cholesterol of up to 20 percent in just 10 days by boosting Omega-3 EFA's through diet and supplementation!
 
Remember, when it comes to helping your body work like it should (including producing healthy amounts of cholesterol and efficiently eliminating old, worn-out cholesterol) nothing beats the power of nutrients!

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