According to the CDC,1 approximately 34% of the American population has high LDL cholesterol, and as many as 1 in every 3 of them don’t even know about it. Moreover, although the numbers have improved since the 1990’s, high cholesterol remains a significant risk factor of heart disease, leading to an overconsumption of cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins.
However, statins are not devoid of annoying (and sometimes serious) side effects, especially muscle pain and new-onset diabetes. And most people would surely prefer a natural alternative for the treatment of their high blood lipids. If only such a treatment existed?
Well, it seems that it might. Several studies have suggested a beneficial role for turmeric and its primary constituent, curcumin, in blood lipid levels.2,3 So, this nutraceutical helps lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Does this mean you should replace your prescribed statin with it? No, but you can actually take them both: According to a recent study,4 turmeric can help counter the side effects of statins, particularly those associated with muscle pain, while enhancing their lipid-lowering properties. What else could anyone ask for?
- Cholesterol Fact Sheet|Data & Statistics|DHDSP|CDC [Internet]. Cdc.gov. 2017 [cited 1 January 2017]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_cholesterol.htm
- Baum L, Cheung S, Mok V, Lam L, Leung V, Hui E et al. Curcumin effects on blood lipid profile in a 6-month human study. Pharmacological Research. 2007;56(6):509-514.
- Mohammadi A, Sahebkar A, Iranshahi M, Amini M, Khojasteh R, Ghayour-Mobarhan M et al. Effects of Supplementation with Curcuminoids on Dyslipidemia in Obese Patients: A Randomized Crossover Trial. Phytotherapy Research. 2012;27(3):374-379.
Sahebkar A, Saboni N, Pirro M, Banach M. Curcumin: An effective adjunct in patients with statin-associated muscle symptoms?. Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. 2016;.