The Role of Nutraceutical Supplements in the Treatment of Dyslipidemia
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 121–132, February 2012
How to Cite
Houston, M. (2012), The Role of Nutraceutical Supplements in the Treatment of Dyslipidemia. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 14: 121–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00576.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Manuscript received: August 21, 2011; Revised: November 1, 2011; Accepted: November 5, 2011
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012;14:121–132. ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The combination of a lipid-lowering diet and scientifically proven nutraceutical supplements has the ability to significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increase LDL particle size, decrease LDL particle number, lower trigylcerides and very LDL levels, and increase total and high-density lipoprotein 2b cholesterol. In addition, inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune responses are decreased. In several prospective clinical trials, coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease have been reduced with many nutraceutical supplements. This nutritional and nutraceutical supplement treatment is a valid alternative for patients who are intolerant to statins, cannot take other drugs for the treatment of dyslipidemia, or prefer alternative treatments. This new approach to lipid management to decrease vascular disease utilizes a functional medicine approach with a broader treatment program that will address the multitude of steps involved in lipid-induced vascular damage.