Sugested Supplements*

Omega 3

Fish oils have heart health benefits. Both EPA and DHA have been shown to be supportive in reducing platelet aggregation and potential thrombosis. Omega-3 supplementation has been linked with a decreased inflammatory response and inflammation in turn is linked to high cholesterol and an increase in risk for heart attack and stroke.

Solgar Omega-3 Double Strength
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Phytosterols appear to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting the absorption of dietary cholesterol within the intestines. The actual mechanism by which this occurs is not understood fully but it appears likely that as the molecular structure of phytosterols is almost identical to cholesterol, the body is unable to tell the difference. Phytosterols are therefore able to attach to cholesterol receptors in the intestines
and be absorbed in place of cholesterol. As there are limited numbers of receptors for cholesterol attachment and absorption, phytosterols are able to physically block the cholesterol and prevent the body from absorbing it. The blood LDL cholesterol-lowering effect of phytosterols appears to be established within the first 2-3 weeks of use and appear to be effective both in the short and long term, with studies as short as 3 weeks and as long as 85 weeks showing a significant reduction in cholesterol after supplementation with phytosterols.

Solgar Phytosterol Complex
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Niacin (vitamin B3) is a water soluble vitamin involved in hormone production, carbohydrate metabolism and healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. Its coenzyme is Nicotinamide, which generally has different applications.Niacin has been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels within humans. Niacin is also believed to increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and Niacin has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, a known risk factor in cardiovascular disease. It has been said that niacin can provide a greater reduction in cardiovascular disease risk compared to
prescribed medications.

Niacin may cause temporary ‘flushing’ (redness, tingling, sensation of heat, itchiness), especially in doses above 50-100 mg. The ‘niacin flush’ has not been shown to be harmful to the body.Please note: The duration and severity of the flushing depends on the person, the dosage and the quantity and type of food and/or drink in the stomach at the time. With consistent daily use of a particular dose of niacin, the severity of the flush will typically diminish gradually, to the point that the flush will eventually cease to occur after ingestion.

Solgar Niacin 100mg
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Lecithin contains essential fatty acids (omegas) and Choline and Inositol in their highly absorbable ‘phospholipid’ forms as well as other vitamins, minerals and nutritional factors. Lecithin forms part of the lipoproteins, which are cholesterol-carrying vehicles in our blood, enabling them to be distributed more efficiently and keeping cholesterol from sticking to arterial linings. Lecithin has been shown to
lower cholesterol levels and protect cholesterol from oxidation, due to being a component in lecithin-cholesterol acyl transferase.

Solgar Lecithin - Soya 1360mg
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*Note: This service does not replace normal medical care. Please consult with your doctor prior to commencing any Cardiovascular programmes or taking medication.

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 Tips for a Healthy Heart

  • Take regular physical exercise
  • Take your antioxidants
  • Do not smoke
  • Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels
  • Prevent high blood pressure
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Eat garlic
  • Take vitamin E

High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.

There are several ways to improve cholesterol levels by using natural supplements in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise and no smoking.