Herbs / Foods
||An extract from the bark of French Maritime Pine trees growing in the Landes Forest of
southwestern France. In a study, researchers from UC Davis, found that Pycnogenol
significantly reduced LDL-cholesterol levels and increased HDL-cholesterol levels.
||A mixture of primary aliphatic alcohols-tetracosanol, hexacosanol, heptacosanol,
octacosanol, nonacosanol, triacontanol, dotriacontanol and tetratriacontanol. Most
clinical trials on policosanol suggest policosanol may decrease cholesterol levels.
|Grape Seed Extract
||Grape seed and skin contain flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins,
procyanidines, and the stilbene derivative resveratrol. In a study, a combination of chromium
polynicotinate and grape seed extract significantly lower bad cholesterol, when compared to
||A relative of buckwheat. Rhubarb stalk fibre has been shown to be hypolipidaemic under
clinical and experimental conditions.
|Cod Liver Oil
||Cod liver oil is an oil extracted from cod livers. In experiments, researchers successfully
decreased serum cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides in18
normolipemic pigs with cod liver oil.
|Red Yeast Rice
||Red yeast rice may benefit people at risk of high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis. A
clinical study shows that ingestion of a red yeast rice extract led to a reduction of lipid profile
within 2 weeks.
||Cinnamon, an ancient spice, is regarded as the bark of the Cinnamomum zeylanicum tree. In
a study, patients with diabetes type 2 consumed cinnamon for 40 days, reduced mean
fasting serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol (12-26%) levels.
||Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of galactomannan, and a study shows supplementation
of fenugreek leaves lowered the lipid profile in diabetic animals.
||Alfalfa sprout is one of the popular natural foods. Alfalfa may benefit people at risk of high
cholesterol levels. It seems that its benefit arises from its ability to prevent cholesterol
absorption in the gut.
||Astragalus polysaccharide significantly lowered plasma total cholesterol by 45.8%,
triglycerides by 30%, and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol by 47.4%, comparable to