The downside of statins
I have discussed before the potential dangerous side effects of long term statin use, such as depletion of your body’s CoQ10 stores, muscle pain and weakness, and others. If you have an interest please see my prior posts Statins – should you take them? and Do You Get Enough CoQ10?. Of course, any decision you make about whether or not to take prescribed statin drugs should be done in consultation with your physician, potentially a functional medicine or integrative medicine practitioner.
Amla as an alternative treatment
Dr. Michael Greger, physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues publishes videos and blogs at nutritionfacts.org. I am fascinated by many of his posts and videos and I subscribe to his newsletter and consider it an excellent resource for science based nutrition content. Keep in mind, Dr. Greger is a committed vegan and tends to have a focus on science which supports his views in that respect, so I do take his information as just one piece of the information mix to be used in making informed nutritional and wellness decisions.
I am linking below to five of Dr. Greger’s videos on Amla, the dried powder of the fruit from the Indian Gooseberry tree. The facts taken from scientific studies presented in these videos frankly impressed me – enough so that I will likely order some myself and begin taking it ahead of my next blood test about three months from now. Here are a few of the results which are discussed in the videos.
Potential health benefits of Amla:
- One half tablespoon daily (cost – about 5 cents) produced a 35% reduction in total cholesterol in three weeks, similar to the result achieved with 6 months of a statin drug which is much more expensive and has serious side effect potential
- Amla has shown the ability to selectively kill cancer cells (50% to 75% reduction) while also effectively inhibiting metastasis which is the tendency of cancer to spread outside the tumor
- Brought fasting glucose levels in diabetics from over 125 to under 90 – eliminating the diabetes completely
- Effectively reduces arterial stiffness to help with healthy arteries and blood pressure
- Reduced C Reaction Protein by 50% – CRP is a marker for inflammation in the body which is a suspected leading cause of multiple diseases
- Acts as a blood thinning agent similar to anti-clotting drugs
Take about fifteen minutes to view the videos below and decide for yourselves what you think. It appears to me there is little downside and a world of upside to trying Amla, and I look forward to my upcoming blood test to see if my personal experiment produces results. I will likely write and publish a post and discuss those in a few months.
Links To Nutrition Facts Amla videos: