Tri-Chol (Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Support) 90 Caps
Tri-Chol (Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Support) 90 Caps
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Tri-Chol (Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Support) 90 Caps

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Tri-Chol (Cardiovascular Support) from Biotics Research Corp.

Tri-Chol is a combination of herbs which include Guggul, Fo-ti, Asian water plantain, polygonum cuspidatium, and bitter orange. Tri-chol also has niacin, chromium, choline, and inositol all of which help bring down triglyceride and cholesterol levels. We have found that although the product is very effective for reducing total cholesterol levels, if the triglycerides are high, Tri-Chol should be used with ProMuti-Plus and ADHS. 

Triglycerides will also drop if you limit your carbohydrate levels to 100 grams a day with 25 grams of carbohydrate eaten at a meal. Changing your diet to 2/3 fruits and vegetables and 1/3 grains and protein and upping your fiber to 25 grams or more a day and working out 30 minutes a day will really make a difference in your cholesterol levels.

Risk factors in cardiovascular disease 

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in most industrialized nations, including the U.S.  Most data regarding risks associated with cardiovascular disease in general, and CAD in particular, pertain  to middle-aged men. However, after the age of 60, CAD is the primary cause of death among women (1).

Atherosclerosis accounts for about 50% of all female deaths, although most of these occur after the age of 70 (1). Primary risk factors for both genders include hyperlipidemia, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, work-related stress, age, hyperhomocysteinemia and obesity (2,3,4).

Recent studies indicate that physical inactivity represents an additional lifestyle risk factor that ranks as high as any other (5), and high alcohol consumption increases the risk of death from cardiovascular disease (6).

Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

Most strategies for reducing the risk factors for coronary artery disease in women and men are the same. Increased physical activity, decreased hypertension, cessation of cigarette smoking, decreased serum homocysteine, and lowered serum LDL-C are generally recommended.

For American men, there is a 2 to 3 percent decline in the risk of CAD for every 1 percent reduction in total serum cholesterol level (13). Extrapolation of these figures to premenopausal women has been questioned because estrogen modifies serum lipids. An increase in serum HDL cholesterol levels is a strong predictor of decreased CAD risk.

Extensive research indicates nutritional status affects the levels of serum lipids. The consumption of certain saturated fatty acids, such as palmitic acid, can increase serum cholesterol due to decreased cholesterol turnover and are therefore considered atherogenic, while consumption of un-saturated fatty acids tends to lower serum LDL (14 ).

Specific nutrients modulate cholesterol levels

Niacin (Inositol hexaniacinate). Oral niacin lowers LDL-cholesterol, Lp(a), triglycerides and fibrinogen levels (15). Furthermore, oral niacin was shown to reduce mortality by 11% compared to the group receiving a placebo, while cholestryramine was associated with an increased mortality (16).  Thus niacin also increased levels of HDL.

Furthermore, niacin resulted in a 35% reduction of lipoprotein (a), while lovastatin had no effect on this parameter. Another study focused on middle aged men with normal total serum cholesterol levels, but also with low HDL levels (18). In this group, niacin was found to raise HDL levels by 30%. One of the safest forms of niacin is inositol hexaniacinate, which has long been used in Europe (19).

Chromium. Chromium is an essential nutrient for carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Significant numbers of Americans consume less than the RDA for chromium. The dietary requirement for chromium is believed to increase with glucose intolerance. When type 2 diabetics were supple- mented with 1000 mcg of chromium per day, for four months, the subjects had lower glycosylated hemoglobin, plasma cholesterol, blood glucose, and insulin levels than controls consuming a placebo (20).

In another study, patients with type 2 diabetes supplemented daily with 200 mcg of chromium complexed with niacin for 8 weeks experienced slightly lowered plasma triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and fasting blood sugar (21).

Choline. Choline is both a methyl donor and a building block of phosphatidylcholine. As the major phospholipid of lipoproteins, phosphatidylcholine is needed to move cholesterol and triglycerides out of the liver. Choline administered to lab animals decreased the amount of fat associated with the liver, but not carcass fat (22).

Diabetic rats often display fat accumulation in the myocardium. Treatment with choline and methionine dramatically reduced fat buildup and improved cardiac performance in these animals (23). Earlier studies had demonstrated that dietary choline increased biliary lecithin and cholesterol excretion (24).

Recommended use: 1 capsule twice daily with meals.

Caution: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women

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