My HDL level is low. I don't have the number in front of me as the results are being mailed to me. I think if the low limit is around 35, then mine is in the low 20's right now. A year ago, it was round 32.
I also how low testosterone and low vitamin D levels. I think the testosterone is connected in some way, but I'm not sure about the D.
The only prescription I take is Atenolol for PAC's/PVC's 25 mg. It seems that this can possibly reduce HDL levels.
I take CoQ10 and fish oil everyday (good brands). I am considering adding more vitamin C, zinc, and tribulus terrestris to my supplements, as these appear to help with testosterone and HDL.
Obviously, make sure I get exercise, have a good diet, and maybe have some red wine daily. I don't eat much fast food and I plan on cutting out more sugar and carbs from my diet.
Suggestions for natural solutions to low HDL? My other cholesterol numbers are good.
I always get confused on much of each supplement to take also. I take 200 mg CoQ10 daily and 800EPA/400DHA of fish oil (2 capsules). I'll probably add 1000 mg of the tribulus (1 tablet) before bedtime.
Taking tribulus before bedtime isn't a good idea, as it can be stimulating. The only way to know if your testosterone is indeed low is to get it tested regularly over a month, so you know you're not testing at an unusually low moment. Most men, for example, have the highest levels early in the morning, so if that was the only time you tested it would seem high. Doctors usually only test once, which doesn't tell you much, since the levels change over time. DHEA is good for regulating hormone levels. But you have to consider that the same substances that might elevate testosterone are all stimulating, so be careful as you're on a relaxant for your heart palps. The best herbal testosterone builder is yohimbe, and maca can also be useful. There are formulas made for this purpose as well combining several substances. As for the HDL, take a lot more of those fish oil caps. You can also take flax and hemp oils. Eating fish and spirulina can also help. As for the CoQ10, you might be able to do just as well with 100 and 200 and save some money.
I have a suggestion based on experience with my patients in using red yeast rice and niacin combination for raising HDL and reducing LDL. This combination has been effective for a number of my patients. Ask your physician before you try anything, especially when you are taking other meds/nutritional supplements since there are common interactions.
I'm pretty sure I put a post on this, but it appears to be gone. I recommended against the Source Naturals NutraDrops because they contain a lot of preservatives, such as methylparaben, which aren't very good for you. This is common with Source Naturals. It's also liquid, which means it will oxidize quickly when you open the bottle. Better to take gel caps. Q-Gel is a good patented form. Jarrow sells them.
As per Consumer labs
Based on its omega-3 fatty acid content, krill oil would be expected to have many of the same effects as fish oil.
A few studies have evaluated krill oil specifically. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 120 people with high cholesterol were given krill oil, fish oil, or placebo.1 The results over 3 months showed that krill oil (taken at a dose ranging from 1-3 g daily depending on body mass and which group the participants were assigned to) improved all aspects of cholesterol profile as compared to placebo, and it was more effective than fish oil (taken at the fixed dose of 3 g daily). Krill oil also reduced blood sugar levels.
according to some latest research I read the other day high hdl levels are probably not so healthy after all they are apparently linked to a higher risk of heart problems,if your cholesterol levels are ok I would not be to concerned.
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