Curcumin May Improve Cholesterol Levels for People with MetS

Curcumin and High CholesterolA new study showed daily supplementation of the yellow pigment from turmeric, curcumin, may support lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals with metabolic syndrome.

65 people with metabolic syndrome participated in this placebo controlled double blind study.  Individuals were assigned randomly to receive either 630 mg of curcumin 3 times per day or a placebo.  The study lasted 12 weeks.  LDL levels decreased significantly from an average of 121 to 107 while triglycerides dropped an average of 65 mg/dl.  HDL levels increased from 41 to 43 mg/dl.  Men saw more benefits for cholesterol lowering while women saw better improvements in good cholesterol (HDL).

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by hypertension, obesity and disturbed glucose and insulin metabolism.  Metabolic syndrome has been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.

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Long Term Melatonin Supplementation Could Benefit Those With High Cholesterol

Melatonin and High CholesterolA new systematic review was undertaken to determine how supplementation with Melatonin affected blood lipids.  Researchers reviewed eight Random Controlled Trials.  Participants in these studies ranged in age from 16 years old to 74 years old and with the exception of one of the studies included both men and women (one of the studies included only male participants).

A significant relationship between supplementation with Melatonin and reductions in total cholesterol levels as well as a reduction in triglycerides was seen in this meta-analysis.  The mechanism for lipid reduction associated with Melatonin was attributed to Melatonin’s ability to suppress visceral fat which ultimately prevented cholesterol synthesis and absorption while improving LDL receptor activity and inhibiting metabotropic receptors which aid in the transport of fatty acids.  A noticeable reduction was also seen in VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the participants who supplemented with Melatonin.  Researchers believe this effect occurs when intestinal cholesterol absorption has been suppressed.  Reductions in triglycerides were also seen in participants who supplemented with 8mg doses of Melatonin for a period of 8 weeks.

Researchers concluded that Melatonin supplementation had a significant effect on lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides and a minor effect on improving HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol as well as providing protection from LDL oxidation which may contribute to Melatonin’s supporting role in preventing atherosclerosis.  LDL oxidation is a major activation step in atherosclerosis development.  Additionally, researchers found considerable evidence that point to Melatonin’s ability to act as a strong antioxidant.

Further studies are needed to determine all the benefits Melatonin may provide for supporting a healthier lipid profile.

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Bilberry Consumption Linked to Better Cholesterol Levels

bilberry cholesterolA new study just released found regular intake of bilberries, a polyphenol-rich fruit, may reduce LDL cholesterol levels significantly while increasing HDL cholesterol levels.

36 healthy men and women participated in this study.  Participants consumed 150 grams of bilberries daily for a six week period.  There was no placebo or control group which presents itself as a limitation of the study.

The following improvements in blood lipid profiles were seen, total cholesterol dropped 6%, LDL (bad) cholesterol was reduced 7%, triglycerides were lower by 27% and good cholesterol (HDL) levels increased 6%.  Additionally, a 9% improvement in glucose levels was also observed when compared to baseline levels.

Researchers believe that a regular intake of bilberries may support a reduction in Cardiovascular Disease risks.  Further studies are in the works.

Make sure the Bilberry Extract you supplement with is standardized to at least 25% of Anthocyanidins, the phyto-nutrient in the Billberry that gives Bilberry it’s beneficial properties.  Additionally the product you use should be manufactured without harsh solvents.  You may even find a product that contains a full spectrum of components as they might occur naturally in fresh whole Bilberries and contains Citrus Bioflavonoids and Red Grape Skin Extract to enhance the synergistic benefits of the Bilberry Extract.

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Garlic Plus Lemon May Improve Cholesterol Level, Lower Blood Pressure

heartA new study finds combining garlic and lemon juice may help reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in individuals with high blood lipids and may improve their blood pressure as well.

Over 100 people with elevated blood lipid levels (hyperlipidemic) participated in this randomized controlled parallel-designed clinical study.  Participants were assigned to one of four groups randomly:  Group 1 received a combination of garlic and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice daily, Group 2 received only 20 grams of fresh garlic daily, Group 3 received 1 tablespoon of lemon juice daily and the last group received nothing.  The study lasted 8 weeks.

Group 1, the group which received both the garlic and the lemon juice showed significant reductions in both total cholesterol and bad cholesterol (LDL) when compared with the other groups.  Also larger reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was seen only for Group 1, the group receiving the garlic and lemon juice and Group 2, the group receiving the garlic only when compared with the other 2 groups.  Larger reductions in BMI  (Body Mass Index) were seen in Group 1, the group receiving both the garlic and lemon juice when compared to the other groups.

Further studies are warranted.

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