A cholesterol lowering statin drug made the news again.
On Monday, May 23, 2005, the American Heart Association reported that the FDA received numerous reports of severe muscle and kidney damage in patients using Crestor, the most powerful cholesterol lowering statin medication on the market.
Crestor showed adverse side effects at a rate of 6 times higher than Lipitor or Pravachol, and twice that of Zocor. Still, Cardiologists that took part in the study made sure to stress the importance of not going off your cholesterol lowering medicine.
Crestor was also in trouble in 2004, when a group tried to get it taken off the market for kidney damage.
One of the most important things you can do for your cholesterol is to eat the right foods.
Cholesterol Lowering Foods
Cholesterol lowering foods are usually foods that are prepared naturally and that don’t deliver the fatty acids that lead to high cholesterol.
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C, E, and D (beta-carotene) are an excellent source of lowering cholesterol. Apples, citrus fruit, berries, carrots, apricots, cabbage and sweet potatoes are all good foods for low cholesterol.
Nuts such as almonds and walnuts that have high amount of monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, also help lower LDL (bad cholesterol). At the same time they help maintain desirable levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
Oats and barley have played a critical role in cholesterol lowering foods. These foods have a soluble fiber known as beta glucan that helps in lowering cholesterol. Fish is also an excellent source.
Eat healthy, exercise and live a quality life!