Support balanced cholesterol levels
- Potent cholesterol manager!
- Keep arteries soft and supple!
- Supports entire cardiovascular system!
... addresses all 6 key factors to maintain healthy cholesterol levels naturally
Has your doctor told you that your cholesterol is too high and that he/she wants you to use a statin drug to lower it? If so...then you need to be wary before starting any statin prescription...as they are often associated with dangerous side effects...Your first priority for lowering your cholesterol should be to try the natural approach.
In order for this natural approach to lower your cholesterol to be successful, you need to consider tackling the problem in 6 ways...namely:
- Reduce the production of cholesterol in your body...
- Reduce the absorption of cholesterol in your gut...
- Decrease circulating blood fats and dissolving cholesterol particles...
- Prevent cholesterol from hardening in your arteries...
- Increase the excretion of cholesterol carrying bile acid...
- Reduce the oxidation of cholesterol.
Xtend-Life's Lipi-Rite - one of the world's best natural supplements for balancing cholesterol levels - addresses all 6 key factors to lower cholesterol naturally. Whereas in comparison, some other cholesterol-specific supplements only focus on 2 or 3 factors at best.
BUT...ask yourself: “Does my cholesterol level justify taking anything for it...even Lipi-Rite?”
The reason why we raise this is because we often find out from customers that they really do not need to be taking anything for their cholesterol, either medications (usually statins) or natural supplements. Don't be forced into taking something just because your total cholesterol is high. You can find out why by clicking on the More Info tab.
WARNING! Read this before you consider taking statins!
If your cholesterol tests do confirm that you should take something to lower your cholesterol, first consider Lipi-Rite before putting your health at even more risk with pharmaceutical medications and statins.
Lipi-Rite is not only a trusted supplement because it's highly effective at normalizing cholesterol levels, but it contains natural ingredients which have strong clinical evidence supporting their efficacy and safety. More importantly, these ingredients have been combined in a synergistic way! In other words... at a molecular level they all 'fit' together.
Comments from satisfied customers
There is no simple 'formula' to assess what specific results you are likely to achieve with Lipi-Rite as everyone is different and accordingly, results will vary. To help you assess the product further you can see what it has achieved for others by looking at some unsolicited results sent to us...refer to the customer comments by clicking on the tab above. You are welcome to contact us with your cholesterol numbers and seek further comment from our Medical Nutritionist as to whether this product is a good option to address your cholesterol imbalance.
Some useful advice
Sometimes customers experience a significant drop in their triglycerides with Lipi-Rite, particularly when they combine it with our Omega 3 DHA / Fish Oil, and this is good! However, because LDL, unlike HDL is usually determined theoretically using the Friedewald formula which measures the relationship of HDL and triglyceride levels, sometimes a distorted reading for your LDL will result. Contact us or your physician for more info if this occurs.
We have only used ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective in safely and successfully lowering cholesterol with no negative side effects.
You may click on any of the below ingredients for more information, including clinical studies and references where applicable.
|Supplement Facts |
Serving size: 2 soft gels
Servings per container: 30
|* Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet |
** Daily value not established
Not a significant source of calcium
Other ingredients: Capsules (Gelatin, Glycerin, Water, Color (Titanium dioxide,
Yellow #6, Red #40, Blue #1)), Ethanol.
Contains ingredients derived from soy
Does not contain
gluten, dairy, shellfish or peanuts
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What is Lipi-Rite?
Lipi-Rite is a new generation natural formula that safely and naturally addresses the problems of excess cholesterol production and absorption in your body. It helps you to normalize essential cholesterol levels.
One of the ingredients is Policosanol from sugar cane. Will it raise my blood sugar?
Even though policosanol comes from natural sugar cane it will NOT raise blood sugar levels and is safe for diabetics to use.
Will Lipi-Rite help lower my triglycerides?
It does help for most people. However, if you have excessively high cholesterol you would be advised to add our Omega 3 DHA fish oil at a double dose to your daily supplement regime.
How important are triglycerides?
Very. Triglycerides are a type of lipid or fat that are found in your bloodstream. When you eat, your body converts extra calories into triglycerides and stores them in your fat cells. When required triglycerides are released into the body for energy between meals.
Triglycerides and cholesterol are different types of fats that circulate in your blood. Triglycerides store unused calories and provide your body with energy while cholesterol is used to build cells and some hormones.
You should always test your triglycerides when you get your cholesterol tested.
What happens if my cholesterol level gets too high?
Too much cholesterol in your body can narrow your arteries due to the excessive build-up of fat against your artery walls. This is very common and is the reason artherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are on the increase.
What happens if my cholesterol level gets too low?
It is not good to have a cholesterol level that is too low as this can be as dangerous as one that is too high. For example, cholesterol affects serotonin levels in the brain. Too
low a level of Cholesterol results in a reduction in serotonin, and can lead to a state of depression. Increased risk of senility, impotence and other serious conditions have also been linked to low cholesterol levels. Sometimes a statin drug will push cholesterol to dangerously low levels. Lipi-Rite will not.
Is Lipi-Rite really 'all-natural'?
Lipi-Rite is full of naturally derived ingredients. We have reviewed the ingredients specifications to ensure that the molecular makeup ensures their efficacy will provide maximum beneficial effect.
Do you have any trials or studies to substantiate the effectiveness of your formula?
We have a large database of independent clinical studies on the ingredients used in this product. Many of these can be viewed on the Ingredients tab above.
Do you have any specific examples of the effectiveness of your actual formula?
Yes we do...if you go to the Customer Results tab in the left hand menu you will see a selection of unsolicited results for customers.
How many bottles do I need to purchase to see a difference and how long will it take Lipi-Rite to work?
For best results we suggest that you follow our 'recommended protocol' suggestions. It is recommended that Lipi-Rite is taken for at least 90 days at the rate of 2 soft gels per day.
Is it safe to double up the dose for a month or two?
Yes, all ingredients in the formula are safe to double up on. Doubling up for a month or two can be quite a sound idea in the initial period, but only if your cholesterol levels are very high. Otherwise just stay with the recommended daily dose of 2 soft gels per day.
What if after 90 days there has been no improvement in my Cholesterol levels?
Firstly you need to ensure that you have your before and after HDL and LDL readings. Sometimes total cholesterol can actually go up but the formula is working. This is because Lipi-Rite will often raise HDL levels to an extent that the total Cholesterol readings are also increased.
If however your HDL and LDL levels have not improved then it would seem that you are one of these people who will not respond to the formula. It should be kept in mind that some people also do not respond to statin drugs either. Lipi-Rite will not however force your cholesterol down to a low unnatural level. You may have genetically high cholesterol and these higher levels may be right for you.
If your cholesterol will not come down you still may not be at risk providing your triglyceride, homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein levels are all within normal ranges.
What is C-Reactive Protein?
This is a marker for inflammation in the blood. The ingredients in Lipi-Rite are known to help reduce inflammation.
When should I take the supplement?
It is best to take both soft gels just prior to your evening meal.
I have been taking Lipi-Rite for 3-4 months and saw excellent results in my HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels from my last lab test. How long should I remain on the recommended dose?
You could continue to take the same dose (2 soft gels per day) for another few months and then have another lab test. If your levels are good you can perhaps cut down to a maintenance dose of 1 soft gel per day, or, alternatively you may wish to switch to one of our Total Balance supplements which will help you maintain your gains and give you many other benefits as well.
Are there any discounts for bulk purchases?
Yes, there are. Please refer to the tab entitled save money for details.
Can you tell me more about the ingredients found in Lipi-Rite?
Xtend-Life researched the ingredients to formulate the best possible product. This includes reviewing the best clinical studies relating to these materials.
Although each ingredient has individual benefits, it is only when formulated together in specific quantities and ratios that it is possible to achieve worthwhile results. For detailed information on these ingredients please go to the Ingredients tab and you can get more information.
Are there any side effects associated with taking Lipi-Rite?
Lipi-Rite is a complete natural product, so the potential for negative side effects is greatly reduced, or eliminated in most cases. Some people can still have reactions to particular ingredients however and conflicts with prescription medications can occur.
Can Lipi-Rite be taken while pregnant or nursing?
Other than our Omega 3 formula we are not able to recommend any of our supplements to women who are pregnant or nursing. If you are in this situation and wish to take this product please consult your personal physician before use.
Will Lipi-Rite interfere with other prescription medications?
Many chemical and synthetic drugs will interfere with natural ingredients and vice versa. It is always recommended to consult with your physician prior to adding any supplement to your current regimen. Alternatively, you may email us with regard to advice on potential conflicts with particular medications or other natural substances.
I am taking a statin drug prescribed by my GP. Can I come off this and onto Lipi-Rite?
Unfortunately this is a question that only your physician can answer. Explain to him/her that you would like to try a natural alternative. However, if you are on a statin drug at the moment you will probably experience a 'spike' in your levels if you go 'cold turkey'. Talk to your physician about starting two soft gels per day of Lipi-Rite and cutting your statin dose down by a third for 30 days.
Then for the next 30 days cut the 2/3rd dose down to 1/3rd and have your physician test your levels again at the end of 60 days. If your levels have stayed constant or only had a minimal increase then ask your physician if you can drop off the statin drug altogether! Thereafter, your physician may only need you to have an annual cholesterol blood test.
Have many people successfully replaced their statin drug with this product?
Yes, indeed many of our customers have done so. Once again however it is something that should be done carefully and in conjunction with regular testing and your physician, particularly in the early stages.
Since being treated for my elevated cholesterol levels I have problems concentrating and my memory is poor. Could this be anything to do with my statin medication?
It is very possible that your statin drug could be involved in this side effect. Many negative and detrimental side effects have been noted from statin drug use, including poor memory, lack of concentration and severe muscle weakness.
I am taking other nutritional supplements and natural medications. Is this ok?
Although there is generally no problem taking additional supplements or remedies from other suppliers, it is usually unnecessary as Xtend-Life have put together their combined Lipi-Rite and Total Balance protocols to cover most peoples' needs.
You can still add other supplements however, whether they are from us or someone else. It is important to remember though that an excess of additional supplements or ingredients can potentially cause negative results and in severe cases be detrimental to health. Xtend-Life product ranges are designed to be taken in combination, eliminating these risks.
What else can I do to help balance my Cholesterol levels?
It is still desirable to ensure your diet and nutritional regimes are of the best quality for general optimum health. This should include a good balance of whole, natural foods and drinks, including lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.
It is important to ensure that your intake of Omega 3 essential fatty acids are high enough. Our Xtend-Life Omega 3 DHA/Esters are excellent for this.
Our Total Balance formula also contains a lot of very potent nutrients that will help your heart, such as Hawthorne extract. If you add Xtend-Life Total Balance to your supplement range as well as our Omega 3 product you will not only be doing your heart a big favor, but other organs too.
Foods containing vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, pantethine (the active form of vitamin B5 - pantothenic acid), chromium and copper; foods rich in lycopenes; individual foods like garlic and onions, chilli peppers, shiitake mushrooms, artichokes, soy products for their isoflavone content; grapes, orange juice...all these may benefit your health, and in particular your heart.
Foods high in soluble fiber are also helpful, e.g. brown rice bran, oat bran and psyllium.
Exercise is of course important to keep your heart and circulation in peak condition. Even moderate exercise, such as a 30 minute walk a day, some weight bearing exercise during your week and some relaxing exercise such as yoga or swimming, is plenty enough to keep your body in trim, both inside and out.
Can I get ongoing advice and help from Xtend-Life?
Yes. Xtend-Life experts are here to answer any questions you have regarding their products and their uses for your condition. Please contact us anytime for further help.
Should I take a break from Lipi-Rite periodically?
It may be worth taking a break for 2 weeks each year to ensure that your body does not become somewhat over-reliant on this supplement. However, taking a break does leave you without the nutrients that you won't be getting from diet alone. We consider this to be a matter of personal preference. If you do decide to take a break, we recommend that it is limited to 2 weeks. Otherwise the benefit of the product will be reduced.
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Customer Reviews (from Amazon)
Dyes and questionable additives
I have it sitting on my shelf after buying it two months ago...it has three different dyes plus other questionable things... Will not take it...why any reputable company has to use dyes is beyond me...
This product does not work!
I wanted to come off statins and was convinced by the sales pitch by xtendlife that this product would allow me to do so. The product is horrendously expensive but I thought it might be worth it. After two months I had a blood test which revealed that my cholesterol count had gone from 3.4 to 7.9 ! My doctor phoned me and told me that I was now at serious risk of a stroke and has put me back on statins.
This may work for other people - who knows - but as far as I am concerned it has been an expensive and dangerous mistake. The company do not make any health claims and I can now see why. My advice based upon my experience is do NOT use this product.
- Servings per bottle: 30
- Daily serving: Men or women - 2 soft gels.
- For optimal results take 2 soft gels 30 minutes prior to your evening meal. (If for any reason you are unable to take the 2 soft gels 30 minutes prior to your evening meal, please ensure that they are taken at least 2 hours prior to bed, as this allows more time for proper digestion before the body slows down during rest/sleep).
- The dosage can be doubled to 4 soft gels per day for the first 2-3 months. If doubling the dose take an additional 2 soft gels in the afternoon.
- Take 2-3 hours away from prescriptive medications where possible. If in doubt please consult your doctor.
- Combines well with our Omega 3/DHA range, Total Balance, and Cardio-Support.
Cholesterol levels have to be balanced. Medical experts agree that when your blood cholesterol levels become too high it can cause serious problems for your body.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance (a lipid) produced by the liver with a minimal amount coming from your diet. It is needed by your body to complete multiple functions such as building and maintaining cell membranes, balancing your hormones and manufacturing vitamin D.
Another lipid, triglyceride is important in building cell structure too. It is also used in making hormones and producing energy.
So, when is cholesterol bad?
Cholesterol levels have to be balanced. Medical experts agree that when your blood cholesterol levels become too high it can cause serious problems for your body. If you have too high a level in your system you at risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Conversely, if you have too low a level in your system your vital hormone and cell functions may be gravely compromised. It is crucial therefore that a balance between these points is reached and maintained to preserve health.
High blood levels of LDL cholesterol means that you have an excess of fatty cholesterol deposits in your system. This is a major risk factor in the development of heart disease. It can contribute to hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), causing chest pain (angina), cardiovascular disease and, if the vessel is blocked, a heart attack.
High cholesterol also increases the risk of other conditions such as stroke (if the blood supply to part of the brain is reduced) and peripheral vascular disease (narrowed blood vessels in the limbs) leading to pain in the extremities, ulcers and possible infection.
But be aware...too little cholesterol is also dangerous...
We know that too much cholesterol can seriously damage your health, but just as importantly you need to be aware that too little cholesterol is just as damaging.
Cholesterol levels below 190 for men and below 178 for women have been shown to increase the risk of having a stroke.
It has been proven that low cholesterol levels can also result in a reduction of serotonin production – a major factor in mood disorders - with a serious link being found between too little cholesterol and cases of depression and even suicide.
Plus, dangerously low cholesterol has been associated with an increase in mortality rates in cancer patients, senility and impotency.
So you see the emphasis must be placed on cholesterol BALANCE and not cholesterol ELIMINATION.
The difference between 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol types
Cholesterol is primarily composed of two forms, LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and HDL (High Density Lipoprotein).
LDLs (Low Density Lipoproteins)
These are known as the 'bad' or form of cholesterol. They attach to the walls of your arteries and create 'plaque'. This plaque accumulates over time and creates a blockage in your arteries causing a heart attack, or in your brain capillaries, starving your brain of oxygen and causing a stroke.
To achieve good health your LDL cholesterol needs to be at a reasonable level, but more importantly not oxidized. This is difficult to measure. LDL is usually calculated using a formula based on levels of HDL and triglycerides and can sometimes therefore be misleading.
HDLs (High Density Lipoproteins)
These are known as the 'good' form of cholesterol. HDL cholesterol travels in your bloodstream picking up excess LDL cholesterol and transporting it back to your liver for reprocessing and excretion.
To achieve good health and ensure adequate 'cleaning' of 'bad' LDL cholesterol from your system, your HDL level needs to be as high as possible.
Because of this important relationship between your LDL and your HDL cholesterol, the most significant figures to examine when looking at your cholesterol test results is not your total cholesterol, but rather the ratio between your LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.
You want your LDL level to be reasonably low to prevent cholesterol building up in the arteries, and you want your HDL level to be as high as possible to ensure adequate 'cleaning' of LDL cholesterol from your bloodstream.
The main causes of high cholesterol are:
- Obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol intake
- Lack of exercise
- Hormonal imbalances
- Discrepancies in naturally produced body chemicals and their function
- Genetics - Familial hypercholesterolaemia
Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is where inherited cholesterol levels are very high. There is also a condition called Familial Combined Hyperlipidaemia (FCH), where triglyceride levels are very high too.
Other common causes...
Health conditions such as diabetes, kidney and liver diseases. An under-active thyroid gland may also add to the problem.
Hydrogenated oils (unsaturated fats hardened to make them more solid) often found in margarines and cooking oils (especially those used to cook 'fast foods') raise cholesterol levels considerably. The hydrogenation process changes fatty acids into trans-fatty acids, and these cause a significant increase in LDLs and a noticeable loss of HDLs.
Medicines such as beta-blockers, steroids or thiazides (a type of diuretic) also cause side effects that may include increased cholesterol.
The best way to find out whether you have high cholesterol or significant imbalances is to visit your doctor, naturopathic practitioner, homoeopath, or alternative health care provider.
Your cholesterol level can be measured easily with a quick, simple and most importantly painless blood sample.
If you are aged 20 or older you should have your cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years. The blood test will give you your...
Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. The tables below show ideal levels as measured in standard blood tests the world over:
|Normal ||High |
|Total Cholesterol ||Less than 200 mg/dL Or |
Less than 5.0 mmol/L
|More than 240 mg/dL Or |
More than 6.0 mmol/L
|LDL Cholesterol ||Less than 129 mg/dL Or |
Less than 3.0 mmol/L
|More than 160 mg/dL Or |
More than 4.0 mg/dL
|HDL Cholesterol ||Greater than 35 mg/dL Or |
1.0 – 2.5 mmol/L
Converting between mmol/L and mg/dL:
To convert to mmol/L: mg/dL / 39
To convert to mg/dL: mmol/L x 39
*To convert from US standard to the standard used in the rest of the world simply multiply by .0259. Conversely, to convert from the rest of the world to US standard multiply by 38.7.
NB: Some authorities recommend lower levels than those we have stated above. Xtend-Life, along with many other experts in this field, believes lower levels can be injurious to your health for reasons explained later in this page.
- LDL (bad) cholesterol level
- HDL (good) cholesterol level
- Triglyceride level, and
- Total cholesterol.
NB: Ensure that when you have a blood test it encompasses all of the above. Blood tests only measuring total cholesterol are unreliable and do not give the information you need to assess your true position. You MUST have both the LDL and HDL readings as well as the triglycerides.
There has been evidence produced that suggests the “Cholesterol Council” is largely controlled by the major pharmaceutical companies and is therefore not impartial which accounts for some of the more recent 'unrealistic' target levels which can only be achieved using a statin drug.
Remember, it is important to concentrate on your ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol rather than your total cholesterol level the ideal HDL/LDL ratio is 0.4 or higher. Some people have high total cholesterol levels that seem to put them in a high-risk group. However, if your ratio of HDL or LDL cholesterol is good and your triglyceride levels are also fine, then your risk may not be as high as other people with lower total cholesterol and higher triglycerides.
Statin drugs have been used for some years to treat high cholesterol. The use of these drugs accelerated thanks to massive advertising and the downward adjustment of recommended safe cholesterol levels. Patients are normally advised to take these drugs for the rest of their lives, making statins the most profitable group of drugs ever developed.
Statins work by inhibiting HMG-CoA (a reductase, a necessary enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of cholesterol from acetyl-CoA). By inhibiting these enzymes statin drugs prevent the liver from manufacturing its full 'quota' of cholesterol.
Unfortunately cholesterol is produced using the same biological pathway as co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is an essential antioxidant, critical for the production of energy in every cell in your body. It destroys free radicals and is a crucial enzyme your body needs for the health of all cells, tissues and organs.
Regrettably, as indicated in Diag.1 below, because cholesterol and CoQ10 share this pathway, the process statin drugs use to inhibit cholesterol production also prevents the manufacture of CoQ10 by inhibiting its fundamental biosynthesis.
Diag.1: Acetyl-CoA converts to cholesterol via biosynthesis through a reductase enzyme (HMG-CoA) and conversion through pyrophosphates (which also produce CoQ10).
Consequently, depletion of CoQ10 in the body by users of statin drugs can set the stage for some serious long-term health problems.
In 1990 studies began into the actual safety of statin drugs. These studies discovered many more adverse and potentially dangerous side effects which statins are now widely known to produce. These side effects include nausea, upset stomach, diarrhoea, constipation, muscle aching, headache, dizziness, rashes, sleep disturbances, depression, irritability, tingling and numbness, swelling, shortness of breath blurred vision and weight gain.
More serious side effects also include elevated liver enzymes and myopathy (muscle pain and tenderness).
Along with the mentioned stomach, lung and liver problems, the following side effects have also been associated with statin drug use:
- Severe muscle weakness and pain, even at low doses
- Cognitive impairment and memory loss
- Increased risk of heart failure
- Birth defects
(In further studies cancer has also been found.)
Some statin drugs have been removed from the market place after multiple reported deaths, the most notable one being Baycol.
This all leads to one question....is the use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol outweighed by their interference with your long-term health?
NB: If you do choose to either start taking a statin or if you are already on one and you are not comfortable about attempting to phase it out, please ensure that you take our Cardio-Klenz which not only contains CoQ10 but also many other nutrients that will benefit your cardiovascular system and help clean your arteries as well as helping lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your HDL.
The 6 objectives for Cholesterol Balancing are as follows:
- Reduce the production of cholesterol in the body.
- Reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Decrease circulating blood fats and dissolve cholesterol particles.
- Increase the excretion of cholesterol carrying bile acid.
- Lower the oxidation of the cholesterol.
- Lessen the intake of foods high in cholesterol.*
*It is advisable to take care with point 6. You don't want to deprive your body of healthy nutrients like organic eggs just because they contain cholesterol. Remember: Only 20% of cholesterol is produced through your diet. Even if you cut your dietary intake by 50% it is only going to have an overall impact of 10%!
For most people it is possible to achieve 5 of these 6 objectives by ingesting specific nutrients...
The following is a list of natural ingredients that scientists worldwide agree will help lower cholesterol, but will not produce the negative side effects of statins:
A substance extracted from sugar, rice bran and beeswax that significantly reduces the production of low-density (LDL) cholesterol as well as increasing high-density (HDL) cholesterol – hence normalizing (or balancing) cholesterol levels - via the alcohols it contains. These alcohols inhibit cholesterol synthesis, acting on cholesterol metabolism in the liver and inhibit LDL oxidation. Policosanol also helps to remove plaque from the arteries. It has been found in many clinical studies to be as effective as a statin drug, without side effects. An additional benefit is that Policosanol does not directly inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, therefore not consequently destroying the essential enzyme CoQ10, which is a major downfall of statin drugs.
Produced when green tea ferments, they scavenge radicals to produce antioxidative effects. Theaflavins not only lower LDL cholesterol but also raise HDL cholesterol at the same time.
A natural phospholipid, an emulsifying agent that dissolves cholesterol, inhibits its absorption into the gastrointestinal tract and reduces oxidation. It does this by forming a protective barrier around cells and by regulating the homoeostasis of cholesterol (the balance of LDL and HDL levels) by controlling a balanced exchange of lipids to reduce cholesterol synthesis. Lecithin increases cholesterol oxidation into bile salts, thus helping it to be excreted more easily.
A plant sterol with a similar chemical structure to cholesterol. It reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract by competing for the same space in cellulose molecules.
Rice Bran oil, Oryzanol
The outer grain hull of the rice containing fiber, lipids and amino acids along with beta-sitostrol and phytosterols that reduce cholesterol absorption and increase bile acid secretion. It is able to inhibit cholesterol absorption by converting cholesterol to bile acids and subsequently increasing bile acid excretion.
A non-toxic component of the oil extracted from citrus rind. It is a natural solvent that builds up in the liver, inhibits HMG-Co-enzyme A and helps to dissolve cholesterol gallstones. D-Limonene is also known to help acute sinusitis and chronic bronchitis.
All of the above ingredients are important and most are available to you on the world market, yet none of them will individually address all the multiple causes of high cholesterol.
If they are combined synergistically, along with co-factors and trace elements, then you have the best possible chance of resolving and rebalancing your problem naturally, with no negative side effects.
Xtend-Life scientists have addressed these needs and the net result is a formula proving outstanding success with the majority of users. It is called Xtend-Life Lipi-Rite.
To help balance your cholesterol levels naturally it is necessary to use a supplement which takes a five pronged approach. Lipi-Rite does this:
|Product ||Quantity Per Day ||You need |
|Lipi-Rite ||2 x soft gels per day ||1 bottle per month |
NB: If your cholesterol is exceptionally high the above recommended dose may be doubled for up to 60 days.
To help balance your cholesterol plus helping to reduce your triglycerides add Xtend-Life's Omega 3 DHA/fish oil to the protocol.
|Product ||Quantity Per Day ||You need |
|Lipi-Rite ||2 x soft gels per day ||1 bottle per month |
|Omega 3 DHA/Fish Oil ||2 - 4 soft gels per day ||1 - 2 bottles per month |
Option 3 - Mildly raised cholesterol
If you cholesterol levels are elevated but not dangerously so you may wish to try out Total Balance with our Omega 3 DHA/Fish oil. The Total Balance has cholesterol lowering properties, but it will take longer for results. However, it will greatly benefit your general health and help prevent the degeneration of organs.
An alternative is to use Cardio-Klenz in conjunction with Omega 3. This is a particularly desirable option if you are already on a statin or have other cardiovascular issues.
- You may still add Lipi-Rite to Option 3 if you wish.
- If you are on a statin drug and you wish to remain on it, then it is strongly recommended that you add our Cardio-Klenz to your daily routine. This will help avoid the CoQ10 deficiency which will result otherwise,
- You may still add Lipi-Rite to Option 3 if you wish.2. If you are on a statin drug and you wish to remain on it, then it is strongly recommended that you add our Cardio-Klenz to your daily routine. This will help avoid the CoQ10 deficiency which will result otherwise,
As well as your body having to deal with free radicals, glycation and methylation it also has to fight against chronic inflammation! This is an ongoing battle which is being waged every second of the day.As with the other three concerns... (free radicals, glycation and methylation), the cause of inflammation cannot be narrowed down to one thing only. All four issues are interrelated!
If it is not controlled, inflammation will wreak havoc in your body. In fact, some scientists believe that chronic inflammation is the cause of most age related damage. This is because excessive inflammation causes toxic chemicals which eat away body tissues, thus leading to heart disease, dementia, arthritis and diabetes just to mention a few.
For example, let's take MDA (malondialdehyde). MDA is a dangerous chemical byproduct formed in your body as a result of the action of free radicals on the fatty membranes of your cells. It is a major factor in the production of AGEs from glycation. This same chemical, MDA, is also implicated in inflammation.
This perhaps helps show you how nothing works in isolation!
Cut the supply line!
Using the example of MDA... If you reduce the free radicals in your body through the use of anti-oxidants then you will reduce the oxidation of your cell membranes which will in turn reduce the formation of MDA which in turn will reduce glycation and thus the formation of AGEs...and this will help reduce inflammation. In other words...cut the supply line.
However, it is not possible to control all the free radicals so no matter how many anti-oxidants you take MDA is still going to form...and will continue to attempt to produce AGEs which in turn can contribute to inflammation. So, this is why it is so important to take Carnosine in addition to anti-oxidants in order to minimize the formation of AGEs.
But...not all AGEs can be avoided and by extension not all inflammation can be avoided either, so you have to ensure that you address inflammation in ADDITION to the above mentioned three concerns!
If you don't, your 'anti-aging' or 'wellness' program can never be successful.
To demonstrate this further...a component of inflammation is excitotoxicity. If allowed to 'continue' the result is the death of brain cells leading to strokes and dementia. Excitotoxicity occurs when brain cells get overexcited due to excess glutamate in the diet. MSG and other flavor enhancers are the culprits here and should be kept to a minimum in your diet.
Fortunately Carnosine can protect against excessive excitotoxicity.
Another seriously dangerous chemical associated with chronic inflammation is tumour necrosis factor (TNF). TNF actively promotes the degeneration of your brain and nerves! It is activated by a combination of free radicals and AGEs.
Some Doctors and marketers on the internet promote Omega 3 fish oil as the answer to inflammation. There is no doubt that the anti-inflammatory component of Omega 3 fish oils are certainly very helpful in reducing the impact of inflammation...but, it is only dealing with one component of the much broader picture of inflammation.
Take TNF as another example. To keep this chemical as low as possible you need to also be taking nutrients that will help such as a calorie restriction mimics. This is another subject on its own but the best known natural calorie restriction mimics is resveratrol.
Key nutrients that can work in synergy with Omega 3 fish oil to reduce inflammation and the damage from it are:
- Alpha lipoic acid
(All of these are present in Xtend-Life's Total Balance)
One of the biggest challenges we have at Xtend-Life is trying to explain to customers how Total Balance works. Unfortunately most consumers have been 'educated' that free radicals are the biggest concern in any wellness or anti-aging program. Lately that 'education' has been expanded by marketers of fish oils, to include inflammation.
But...just addressing free radicals with anti-oxidants or inflammation with fish oils will NOT achieve what you want. It is only PART of the equation.It takes more that one nutrient to get a result in just one part of this very complex equation. Each part has to be addressed from multiple angles, and EVERY part of the equation also needs to be dealt with.
There is a reason why we have 75- 85 nutrients in our Total Balance range! Each nutrient is there for a reason and has been carefully integrated. The individual components of each nutrient have also been studied and sometimes the component of that nutrient other than the common active ingredient in it, is what is wanted for a specific function.
Hopefully this series of explanations about free radicals, glycation, methylation and inflammation will help give you a better understanding of what you need to do in order to give your body the best possible protection against degenerative disease and thus enjoy vibrant health as nature intended...
...but is so hard to achieve in modern times without a helping hand from products such as Xtend-Life's Total Balance...
Without methylation you would die in just a few days!"
If your body's methylation is not working at an optimal level it will translate into many different health problems and will accelerate your aging process!
What is methylation?
In simple terms it is a process in which certain chemicals called 'methyl groups' are added to various constituents of proteins, DNA and other molecules. These are needed to keep them in good 'working' condition.
For example, if the antidepressant, 'feel-good' brain chemical serotonin is not methylated it will become inactive which in turns leads to depression! This is just one of the many 'chemicals' in the body that need to be methylated and if they are not can lead to serious health consequences.
Probably the most important methylation process is when it is applied to homocysteine! Homocysteine is a by product of an important amino acid methionine and is what remains when methionine is used to methylate your proteins and DNA. Homocysteine needs to be methylated to convert it back to methionine. If this process does not happen your body is in for some serious trauma.
Homocysteine is implicated in:
- Heart disease and stroke by encouraging the clumping together of platelets
- Higher levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol from reacting with iron and copper ions to produce free radicals
- Dementia and Alzheimer's
- Liver Disease
- Aging in general, in that homocysteine is believed to accelerate the destruction of telemores
But the above is only part of the methylation 'story'....
Methylation of certain parts of your DNA can switch off unnecessary genes and prevent abnormal DNA division. This means that these abnormalities are not passed on to future generations of cells...a most important component in successful aging.
As we age the methylation processes in our bodies start getting 'tired' and become less efficient with a resulting build up of homocysteine, DNA damage and the development of other flow on effects such as depression.
Therefore, if you don't take steps to ensure balanced methylation then any hope of a long life free of degenerative diseases is only a remote possibility.
As with everything related to successful aging, methylation must be balanced. Too much can be as bad as too little. Fortunately your body will balance your methylation processes providing that you give it the 'fuel' to perform the task.
What is the fuel?
There are three groups of compounds that are helpful in methylation with varying levels of efficacy. They are the B Vitamins, B6, B12 and folic acid, Betain HCL, and SAMe.
The B Vitamins are important but more in the capacity of co-factors rather than being a solution for methylation in their own right. This is because as we get older these vitamins tend to become a bit 'sluggish' and as such progressively less effective.
By far the most effective methylating agent is SAMe which stands for S-Adenosyl-Methionine and is a natural chemical found in all living cells. It is formed in the body by combining the amino acid methionine and ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The science confirming the effectiveness of SAMe as the best methylating agent is indisputable.
It can be taken as a supplement but it is not readily available for two reasons. One is that it MUST be taken in enteric coated form because SAMe is particularly susceptible to stomach acids and two that it is very expensive. We use it in all versions of Total Balance and in Neuro-Natural which are enteric coated.
Do not forget that Methylation is only one important component. There are four others:
- Free Radicals
- Chronic Inflammation
- DNA Repair
All versions of Total Balance address these issues.
Statins... Cholesterol Lowering Drugs! Is there really a viable alternative?
The last two issues of Xtend-Your-Life which focused on CoQ10 created a great deal of interest amongst readers. What most people found shocking were the references to the extent that the statin cholesterol lowering drugs deplete the body's reserves of CoQ10 and inhibit the body's ability to produce more.
The net result of this is that those people who are on statin drugs and who don't take CoQ10 are actually INCREASING their risk of a cardiac event, not lowering it as they thought! This is not widely known, even amongst physicians. So, if you are on a statin drug PLEASE go and buy yourself a CoQ10 supplement... (Sorry... but we do not manufacture this nutrient, so we can't supply it).
In case you missed the newsletter about the impact of statins on CoQ10 you can go direct to an abstract on this subject by clicking here. You will find it fascinating reading. A warning... it is a big file so it may take a while to download if you are on a slow connection.
OK... so you have high cholesterol, and you are on a statin drug, or, your Doctor wants you to prescribe you one! What then are your options? Are there any natural alternatives that don't carry the risks that statin drugs do, and are they really viable? In order to make an informed judgment it is important that you understand the different ways that your cholesterol can be lowered. By understanding this you can better judge the likely efficacy of a natural alternative.
To maximize your chances of normalizing your cholesterol levels naturally you need to take a multi-pronged approach. In fact, you need to tackle it in seven different ways. Let me try to explain the different ways as briefly as possible:
- Reduce the production of the cholesterol by the liver. (Note: about 80% of the cholesterol in your body is produced by the liver with the other 20% coming from diet).
- Reduce intake of cholesterol in your diet. (However, this has minimal impact. A 20% reduction in dietary cholesterol will only equate to about a 4% reduction overall).
- Reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the Gastro- intestinal tract.
- Increase bile acid secretion which can convert cholesterol to bile acid and thus inhibit absorption.
- Reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries.
- Emulsify the cholesterol to help prevent it from hardening the arteries.
- Dissolve cholesterol.
If you tackle the problem of high cholesterol by addressing all the above methods you have a good chance of being successful using natural methods. An advantage of using natural methods is that you won't force your cholesterol levels to dangerously low levels. More on that soon!
Most drugs, and for that matter most natural supplements deal with either one or maybe two of the above seven factors.
The statin drugs target the blocking of cholesterol production by the liver. They are very powerful, and for most people effective. They work by inhibiting an essential enzyme needed to synthesize cholesterol. But unfortunately as you know from our earlier articles they also inhibit the production of CoQ10 as well. As to be expected from a powerful drug such as this there are inevitable side effects which at best may be aching muscles or at worse permanent liver damage.
In other words the 'cure' could potentially be worse than the primary problem. What is even worse is that these drugs are so powerful that they have the ability to lower your cholesterol levels to a degree that can be dangerous! There is evidence that total cholesterol of 180 or less increases your risk of a stroke!
Not only that, but there is evidence that 'forced' low cholesterol levels can lead to senility, depression, impotency and a host of other problems. Cholesterol is needed by the body to manufacture sex hormones and a host of other substances. That's why the liver produces it!
The statin drugs are not the only substances that block the enzymes needed for the body's cholesterol production. There are some natural substances that work in the same way. The most effective one being red rice yeast extract which contains a molecule almost identical to the synthetic statin molecule. It is so similar in fact, that this natural substance is now banned in many countries where it is treated as an unapproved drug! It is claimed that it has the potential for similar side effects to that of a statin drug. It is also likely to inhibit CoQ10 production.
So, what are the effective natural options?
For reducing the production of cholesterol... policosanol which is a substance extracted from sugar or rice bran has proven to be the most effective and natural substance on the market today. There is a lot of clinical data backing its efficacy and safety. Amongst other things it also helps remove plaque from the arteries. Some clinics use up to 100mgs per day.
For reducing the absorption of cholesterol in the GI you can use phytosterols. These have been well proven in clinical studies, and in fact some margarine manufacturers are permitted to advertise their margarine as effective foods for reducing cholesterol because they contain phytosterols. But... don't be taken in by that, because they also contain hydrogenated oils which more than offset the benefits of the phytosterols. Get your phytosterols through supplementation.
For increasing bile acid secretion a specific form of Rice Bran oil called Oryzanol is clinically proven to work. Guggulipids will also help in this area.
Reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries. There are a number of substances that will help this, policosanol being one of them. However, the most promising one supported by clinical studies is Theaflavins. This is special extract of tea and not to be confused with the 'catechins' which are the active ingredient in green tea. Theaflavins cost almost three times as much as normal green tea extracts. They are also a natural ACE-inhibitor that helps lower blood pressure.
To emulsify cholesterol in the arteries, lecithin is well supported with clinical data for this purpose. Take it either in the oil form or in granules.
To help dissolve cholesterol a natural extract of orange peel called D-Limonene has found to be effective for this purpose.
The bottom line...
If you want to try lowering your cholesterol naturally, tackle it on all the fronts as I have outlined above! Our researchers recognized the need for this multi-facet approach some while ago. We searched the world markets to see if there was a supplement that took this approach... but could not find one. So, Prof. Dr. A . Munem Daoud who heads our R & D worked on developing such a product which we now manufacture.
There was an enormous amount of research that went into getting it just right! A major challenge was perfecting the delivery system using oils, which helps protect the active powders in the formula from stomach acids. This we ultimately perfected and were able to successfully encapsulate the formula in soft gel form.
The results that we have been getting from customers is very positive, with a combination of remarkable results and reasonable results... and the occasional zero results. In other words it doesn't work for everyone. Some people have genetically high cholesterol and this product will not force the levels down lower than what their body needs.
For example, I have genetically high cholesterol personally. I reduced my LDL by about 24% but they are still considered high by current standards. However, my triglycerides, homocysteine and C-Reactive Protein are all excellent so I am not at risk of a heart 'event'. What I am trying to say is, don't get too 'hung up' on reasonably high cholesterol if your other markers are OK. Your body may need it!
Also, don't overlook your HDL/LDL ratio. I still get amazed when we have customers approach us because they are in a panic due to their total cholesterol being too high with their Doctor insisting that they go on a statin drug, but they are too frightened to do so. We first ask them what their HDL and LDL measurements are? So often their HDL is so high that it has pushed their total cholesterol up, but their ratios are excellent.
If this is combined with good triglycerides then not only to they not need a statin drug but they don't even need our cholesterol lowering product!
Two final words...
If you are concerned about high cholesterol and you feel that you need to do something about it please click here and learn how our formula may be able to help you. I can confidently say that if this formula doesn't work for you, no natural product will... sorry...
Remember what I have said in previous newsletters... "the new levels for cholesterol set by the Cholesterol Council of America, are artificial, unnatural and dangerous. Why are they promoted? Follow the money... "
Good luck and good health,
I have been taking the product since 2006 and I am so pleased with the results, I would not use anything else.Before I started taking Lipi-Rite, my total cholesterol level was well over 300. After just one month it has dropped by 80 points, which is just amazing. - Teresa, USA
I have been taking Total Balance Premium, Male Rejuvenator and Lipi-Rite for the last 3 or 4 months. My original issue was an elevated level of Cholesterol, triglycerides and general lack of energy. Today I had a follow up appointment with my MD and was delighted to see my levels are the best they have ever been.- Rich A, USA
From Our Blog
12 Oct, 2014
As many of you know, statins are the acclaimed LDL-Cholesterol-lowering drugs which are amongst the biggest-selling medicines in the world, generating billions ($27 billion in 2009) in revenue for pharmaceutical companies (ref. 1).
But what you may not be so familiar with is the heated controversy surrounding their efficacy. This past month has seen that controversy come to a head in the UK.
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