I subscribe to consumer lab you can find it online they test supplements, vitamins, herbs
those that fail or pass are listed and why they fail or pass. I'm on Warfarin/Coumadin
for life as I have 2 genetic factors for blood clots. I take Krill oil, tart cherry juice and some other foods and or ingredients to thin my blood so as to take the least amount of Warfarin as needed. I do get my clotting factor checked monthly. As for Red Yeast Rice It's a natural statin and one should have a liver function test just as with a Drug.
Some good advice, but as you said it is important to discuss these issues with a doctor first, even when looking at supplements. The issue with supplements is that they are not controlled by the FDA as prescription and over the counter meds are. For this reason, they have not gone through the typical trials to prove their safety and effectiveness, they also have a very inconsistent dosage in many cases. RRY is as you stated, a natural statin, however in this form there is no control over the amount of the actual statin in each dose which could be dangerous. Also, a side effect of Krill oil is a reduced ability for the blood to clot so it should never be taken by anyone with a bleeding disorder or someone already on a blood thinner like Plavix.
Having said all that, I have discussed this with my doctor and I take fish oil, and try to limit it to fish oil from salmon as it has the highest EPA and DHA.
Again, very sound advice.
First speak to your doctor about what I'm recommending!!
Get serious about food. Part of this must be to eat a plant-based diet. Depending on a patient’s particular profile, I suggest either the Dean Ornish heart-reversal diet or the South Beach Diet. If you know anything about heart disease, the Ornish diet is better because it
most effectively cleanses the system of excess fat.The South Beach Diet is usually for those with risk factors but no known heart disease. This diet allows more latitude and can still get a person to the recommended targets.The Ornish diet puts no restriction on calorie intake mainly because it’s hard to consume too many calories eating fruits and vegetables you’ll need to limit your calories on the South Beach Diet or a Mediterranean diet (another good one). A typical unrestricted diet for the average adult contains about 2,400
calories per day. Aim to keep your calorie intake to between 1,500 and 1,800 calories. The lower end is for women; the higher end is for men. Maintain your ideal body weight.
One way to judge your ideal body weight is via body mass index (BMI). Your BMI represents the percentage of your total body weight that’s due to fat. It should be under 25. Many health clubs have simple handheld devices that provide a BMI reading. These also can be purchased at drug stores.
your total cholesterol count unless you already had a weight problem was probably in the
120s. That’s the range that’s typical in populations without heart disease. So think “high school (that's what your number probably was in H.S.)
For many of us, that’s a long way to go.You’ll need to approach this target weight, though,
to sufficiently change your biochemistry.
You need to start exercising five days a week for one hour per day. Walking is generally the best exercise available because it doesn’t place too much stress on the knees, hips, and back. If you like to run, you may want to mix running into your walks, or ride a bike.
You must get plenty of sleep Not just eight hours a night, but eight to 10 hours on a regular basis. Sleep is the body’s main way of dealing with stress.
Specifically, and this might surprise you, lack of sleep results in the liver pumping out excess cholesterol!
Slash your cholesterol counts. Remember, there are only two ways to reduce your
cholesterol: Stop the production of cholesterol in your liver, or stop its absorption in the small intestine.
Adding supplements to your diet can help reduce cholesterol, but most people have to be at their targets, eating right, and exercising before supplements can help them stay there.
One supplement works through the liver just
like a statin — because it is a statin, a natural one. Mevastatin is produced naturally by red rice yeast. You can add red rice yeast to your diet by picking up a container at the
health foods store. (I suggest Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice Extended Release 600 mg)
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and vitamin B3 (niacin), remain the champions of the
supplements. Both fish oil and niacin boost HDL, plump up LDL particles, and reduce inflammation. flaxseed contains three ingredients that aid in maintaining heart health. Flaxseed is rich with the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, which contain both
plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities, plus soluble and insoluble fiber. Flaxseed seems to help not only with a person’s cholesterol profile but even in maintaining heart rhythm.
Organic grape juice, apples, and other foods that contain pectin help eliminate cholesterol
through the gut. Garlic has a mild effect as well. A glass of red wine a day, because it contains resveratrol, an antioxidant, also helps maintain heart health. Be careful, though: Two glasses of red wine a day increases cancer risk. In this light, I’d recommend having a glass of red wine no more than 2 or 3 times per week. Wine and other alcoholic beverages also cause triglyceride counts to climb. Oatmeal, oat bran, and other whole grain products can help with a small reduction, about 5 percent, in total cholesterol.
I like Krill oil
Just look that it has total Phospholipids 420, total MG per serving 300, at least 160 mg EPA
and 90 mg DHA and 1 1/2 mg of Astaxanthin. you could have to take 2 pills to get the total
mentioned above even if the bottle says to take 1 per day.
YOur cholesterol is considered borderline high...meaning that its on the tail end of the normal range scale but still a little too high. That is easily remedied thru diet, exercise or the doc may want to put you on a cholesterol buster just until you get it down a little. The main thing is that you should not be putting anything into your body that you do not understand and know about the full benefits/problems that could pop up from taking it even tho it is a supplemental vitamin and should always be run past your doc to make sure you aren't countering what your test reults have shown. If it were me i would make a quick call to the doc and clear it with them that its okay to take the Omegas............