The Role of Nutraceuticals in Statin Intollerant Patients

A great article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluding that nutraceuticals can be natural alternatives or support to pharmacological therapies in statin-intollerant patients. Ingredients from red yeast rice, bergamot, berberine, artichoke, soluble fiber, and plant sterols and stanols alone or in combination with each other can significantly reduce LDL-C (“bad cholesterol”) but also show other effects such as reduction of other parameters of lipid profile, glucose, blood pressure, inflammation and oxidative stress. Like with the majority of nutraceuticals, longer-term studies are necessary, but who will ever fund such studies?

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