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In our practice, Libby and I are experts in hormone balancing and you may or may not know that our hormones are derived from the very important substance, cholesterol.  

Cholesterol in its natural state is a waxy substance; it does not mix well with blood.  It has to combine with other proteins to become HDL, which is good and beneficial, or LDL, which is the bad or harmful.*

HDL is high-density lipoprotein. This cholesterol scavenges a LDL   low-density lipoprotein and transports it to the liver for breakdown.  

All our hormones are derived from cholesterol and antioxidants inhibit the cholesterol from oxidizing onto the lining of the arteries.  In general, cholesterol is not bad for us till it becomes oxidized and affects the lining and vessel walls of the arteries.  I think in general we are focussing on, in our medical community, achieving unrealistic and possibly unhealthy low cholesterol levels.  Because again, this is where we are deriving our hormones from.
Statin drugs like Lipitor and Mevacor are used to reduce cholesterol.  Data has shown increased survival rates among people with high cholesterol and advanced heart disease who take these statin drugs, but these are certainly not for everyone.  Many patients may experience side effects on statin drugs, which include muscle pain, muscle loss, memory loss, and fatigue.  Therefore, people with mildly elevated cholesterol may benefit from alternate therapies and alternate therapies can also be used in conjunction with the statin drugs to reduce the effect of the negative side effects.  Additionally, CoQ-10 is an important enzyme that is reduced by statin medication that should always be taken in a dose of somewhere between 60 to 120 mg or even 200 mg per day in patients who are on statin drugs.  In general, for myself, coenzyme Q10 is one of the powerful antioxidants and is important for energy production.  It is also one of my anti-aging secrets.  So, I personally take on a daily basis, CoQ-10 120 mg per day based on my testing and mitochondrial needs that I have evaluated through our organic acid nutritional testing.  

So, what are our alternative therapies for reducing cholesterol.

Eat a healthy diet. That is a Mediterranean, low-glycemic load diet.

Use olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.

Incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, ideally 7 vegetables to 2 to 3 fruits per day. Nuts and seeds and spices. I am a big fan of spicing your food.

Protein: you should include a diet high in fish, low in beef and pork and use as much free range organic meat as possible to avoid the chemicals and hormones that are in meat.

A diet with high fiber sources using garlic and onion liberally is encouraged.

Take a robust multivitamins such as our Dida daily essential vitamin packs, which include Albion micronutrients and chelated minerals in their most bioavailable highest quality form, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and an antioxidant rosemarin. I also recommend CoQ-10, vitamin E - mixed tocotrienol form, curcumin, and OPCs from grape seed can all work synergistically to help lower your cholesterol.

Additionally, a supplement called Krill, which is a deep water crustacean, basically whale food, has been shown to significantly lower LDL, improved HDL, and lower triglycerides. This works excellent also for hormone balancing, for insulin resistance, to help with weight loss, and has worked great in patients with PMS and perimenopausal mood disorders and it is absolutely one of my favorite supplements.

 In a study evaluating Krill on cholesterol, it showed in 90 days a 13% reduction in total cholesterol with a decrease in LDL cholesterol of 32% and increase in HDL, the good cholesterol of 43% and a decrease of triglycerides 11%.   This was at only 1 to 1.5 g per day of the Krill oil.  At 2 to 3 g per day, the triglycerides were decreased a further 27% in 90 days.  Again, if you are on a statin drug, this can work synergistically with it.  

Bunea, R. Khassan, EF, Deutsch, L. Evaluation of the Effects of Neptune Krill Oil on the Clinical Course of Hyperlipidemia; Alt Med R; 2004; Vol 9, No. 4; 420-8.
Studer M, Briel M, Leimenstoll B, Glass T, Bucher H. Effect of Different Antilipidemic Agents and Diets on Mortality: A Systemic Review; Archives of Internal Medicine 2005 April 11; 165(7):725-30.  

Additionally, not all over-the-counter supplements are the same.  For example, our Krill oil is almost exclusive EPA and DHA and come in the form of phospholipids contrary to all other marine oils where the fatty acids are in the triglyceride from.  Neptune Krill Oil builds healthy cell membranes and provides antioxidant protection.  All our omegas are tested for heavy metals and we use the highest quality resources.  

Dr. Anna Cabeca is a bio-identical hormone specialist. Visit: to learn more.

  • Dr. Anna Cabeca does not receive an income from Golden Isles Medical sales of supplements, etc..  Any income is used towards research and development as well donations for foundations involved in improving quality of life and generational health studies including the Garrett V. Bivens Foundation.  These products have been made available to assist patients in achieving the highest quality, science-based supplements, that are safe and tested and certified.  These products are used, as well, in autism children.  Dr. Cabeca feels that her selections are among the safest in the world.  There has been much media attention to supplements containing heavy metal contamination, pesticide, insecticide, as well as containing less than 10% of blood products that may be stated to contain.  For example, the Costco had Omega-3s that were shown to have significantly high levels of heavy metals, GNC's mineral combination had toxic side effects and is now involved in a class action lawsuit.


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