treatment is a change in lifestyle. Reducing consumption of foods containing cholesterol and saturated fat is essential to lower blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels can also be reduced with drugs, usually with inhibitors called “statins”
Herbs : the herbal tea is claimed to help lower LDL and triglyceride levels while increasing the HDL levels. It is believed to help dissolving cholesterol (which is not water soluble) by bounding it with lipoprotein. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (see disclaimer at bottom of page).
Essies tea recommend you use the detoxifier dose from Essies Tea for at least 6 to 9 months (depending on the severity of your cholesterol), or until such time that you are satisfied with the results. While using Essies Tea our customers testify that they can feel a big difference within weeks. $49.50
Activity: Exercise has little effect on LDL but HDL and triglyceride levels will benefit from it.
People who exercise and control their diet are more successful in lifestyle changes that improve their heart risk profile.
Statins: Statins lower LDL cholesterol levels more than other types of drugs. Statins slows down the production of cholesterol and increases the liver's ability to remove LDL cholesterol. Statins lowers LDL cholesterol levels by 20-60%. It also reduces high triglyceride levels and increase HDL cholesterol modestly. Serious side effects are rare (liver problems, muscle soreness, pain, weakness and brown urine). Sometimes people experience upset stomach, gas, constipation, and abdominal pain or cramps. Rarely, widespread muscle breakdown can occur (rhabdomyolysis). This is a medical emergency. If you have muscle pain and weakness, or brown urine, contact your doctor immediately and stop taking the medication.
Statin drugs include the following:
Atorvastatin (Lipitor): Atorvastatin is a highly effective drug in lowering LDL cholesterol.
Fluvastatin (Lescol): Fluvastatin is the least potent statin drug.
Lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor): Lovastatin was the first statin to be approved by the FDA.
Pravastatin (Pravachol): Pravastatin is the most studied statin.
Rosuvastatin (Crestor): Rosuvastatin is the newest statin approved by the FDA and is the most potent.
Bile acid sequestrates: These drugs bind with bile acids in the intestines and are eliminated in the stool. It lowers LDL cholesterol by about 10-20%.
Cholestyramine (Questran), colestipol (Colestid), and colesevelam (WelChol) are the 3 main bile acid sequestrates. They are not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, and long-term use is safe. Side effects may include constipation, bloating, nausea, and gas.
Cholesterol absorption inhibitors: It inhibits cholesterol absorption in the gut and has few side effects like tongue swelling (angioedema).
Ezetimibe (Zetia): Ezetimibe reduces LDL cholesterol by 18-20%.
Nicotinic acid or niacin: Nicotinic acid lowers total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (10-20%), and triglyceride levels (20-50%), while raising HDL cholesterol levels (15-35%).
There are 2 types of nicotinic acid, immediate release and extended release. A common side effect of nicotinic acid is flushing or hot flashes, which are the result of blood vessels opening wide.
Other side effects include nausea, indigestion, gas, vomiting, diarrhea and the activation of peptic ulcers with major adverse effects which includes liver problems, gout, and high blood sugar.
Fibrates: It lowers triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol levels.
Gemfibrozil (Lopid): Most widely used in the United States. It lowers triglyceride levels but is not very effective for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Fenofibrate (Tricor): Lowers triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
Side effects include stomach or intestinal discomfort. Fibrates may increase gallstones.
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Essies tea contains nutrients, vitamins and minerals but we cannot claim that Essies
tea will treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We only use natural organic herbs in
Essies tea and thats why it cannot be classified as a drug. Only FDA approved
drugs may claim to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any disease under current US law.