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Statin Alternatives
"Statin Alternatives" are NOT designed to lower cholesterol, they control inflammation. Statin Alternatives are
a potent anti-oxidant, they reduce platelet stickiness, and also control homocysteine. "Inflammation is the real cause of atherosclerosis".

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Statin Alternatives

Below is Dr Graveline's list for "Statin Alternatives". [UPDATE 04/30/08]
"Statin Alternatives" are not designed to "lower cholesterol" but do prevent inflammation and have the same anti-inflammatory affect as 20 mg's of Lipitor (atorvastatin), without side effects. (i.e.  anti-oxidant, reduce platelet stickiness, controls homocysteine).

Daily Amounts
* buffered aspirin - 81 mg (contains beneficial magnesium)
* CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) - 100 to 150 mg (gelcaps - NOT powdered) with some Vitamin E
** Folic Acid -  400 to 800 mcg
** B6 -  80 to 100 mg
** B12 -  200 to 250 mcg
** (all 3 of these B Vitamins control Homocysteine)
* Omega 3 (fish oil, cod liver oil or krill oil) 1,200 mg (or more with personal/family history of CVD)

Notes [NEW 04/30/08]:
Fish oil, especially in large doses over a period of time, has a blood-thinning effect and thus affects bleeding time.  If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, aspirin or blood pressure medications, only take fish oil with a physician's supervision.

Excessive vitamin A and D is possible with too much cod liver oil. Pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant must be careful about excessive intake of vitamin A due to its potential effect on the fetus.

If you are 'aspirin sensitive' (I am), I prefer grape seed extract, which inhibits platelet clotting.

Flax Seed Oil is also a source of Omega 3 but does not have the same anti-inflammatory benefits.

For more infomation, please read Dr Graveline's book "Statin Drugs - Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol" (4th Edition):

Also: Why krill oil? -
Written by Michael R. Eades, M.D.

Some Additional Supplements

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) - 1,000 to 5,000 mg daily
L-Carnitine or Acetyl L-Carnitine - 500 to 1,000 mg daily
Twin Lab - Daily One Caps without Iron (mature adults)

 

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