How to Lower Cholesterol with Artichoke Leaf Extract

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2011-10-10 07:02

If you are among the 71 million adults in America whose cholesterol levels are not what they should be, you may want to know how to lower your cholesterol without the use of drugs and their associated cost and side effects. While a balanced diet and regular exercise are tops on the list, a little help from natural supplements, such as artichoke leaf extract, can help as well.

Artichoke leaf extract offers varying benefits

Two-thirds of US adults who have high cholesterol are not being treated effectively, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total cholesterol level lower than 200 mg/dL is desirable, 200-239 mg/dL is borderline high, and 240 mg/dL and greater is considered high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). High levels of cholesterol are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

The dried extract of the artichoke plant (Cynara scolymus) has demonstrated an ability to reduce total cholesterol levels in several studies. Artichoke leaf extract may also have an impact on high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels as well. For example:

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