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Your Secret Weapon Against Heart Disease

Date:02-07-2013 07:50:05 read:2
Category:Man-->Diseases

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These capsules may keep your arteries clear of heart attack- and stroke-causing clogs.

Cleanup in artery 7. And here’s your mop: Berberine, a plant extract, can reduce your cholesterol, according to researchers in Italy.

 

When people consumed 1,000 milligrams of berberine a day for 3 months, their LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides fell by 16 percent and 21 percent respectively.

Past research on berberine suggests that it might inhibit an enzyme associated with atherosclerosis, a condition caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries that can lead to heart disease and stroke. This may make berberine a good option for people who have tried statins and stopped because of such side effects as muscle pain.

“For people who are unable to take statins, this might be a consideration, but you should certainly review it with your physician first,” says Men’s Health cardiology advisor Prediman K. Shah, M.D.

Tell your doc that two capsules of Thorne Research Berberine-500 ($29, amazon.com) was the dosage used in the study.

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