Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Levels by Eating Pistachio Nuts?

Elevated levels of serum cholesterol represent a major risk factor for coronary heart disease. In fact, there’s actually a direct relationship between not only plasma levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and coronary heart disease, but also coronary mortality. In Canada, the current guidelines recommend screening of men over 40 and women over…

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Dietary Supplements for Diabetes?

The incidence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide.  Worldwide, approximately 250 million people have diabetes—according to the World Health Organization.  In Canada, the number of patients with diabetes is projected to increase from 1.4 million in 2000 to 2.4 million in 2016 .  What’s more is that the health care cost associated…

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Red Yeast Rice Revisted for Lowering Cholesterol

Red yeast rice is an increasingly popular dietary supplement which is used by people who have elevated cholesterol levels.  In fact, in 2006, American consumers spent $17 million dollars on this dietary supplement.  It has been used as an herbal medication in China for centuries. Statins or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors are currently the most effective…

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Fish Oil and Red Yeast Rice vs. Simvastatin to Reduce Cholesterol?

High cholesterol is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Though the efficacy of statin type medications are well-established, the compliance rate of these drugs can be lowered by patient concerns over side-effects as well as medication costs.

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