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MSRAIJA's Photo MSRAIJA Posts: 294
8/25/09 9:57 A

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Darkorange, my gastroenterologost just recommended Metamucil for me. I Like the tase and so does my husband and it seems to work well.

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now I read that the type of fiber matters. not to use the cellulose type found in benefiber but need the psyllium husk sort from metamucil brands (which you can buy in bulk at whole foods typically).

thanks. I didn't know that about gumming up the heart but that sounds plausible.

maybe i will worry less about that for now and try to improve on so many other ends. Tracking is beneficial and I will need to commit again to doing that. I realize so many things along the way. Like when you list the beneficial foods (fish, cranberry juice, etc) realistically...I am having that just a few times if even per month. Makes me think "what am I really choosing!!??"

I guess I don't know whether I should persue this further. They supposedly make a supplement for sterol/stanols. hmmm. taking the suggested amount of oil spread is just unrealistic for me.

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8/24/09 2:59 P

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I went to the Web MD site and searched on plant sterols and read the article. The doctor said:

Getting nutrients from whole foods [instead of additives] is the best way to go," says ADA spokeswoman Keecha Harris, DrPH, RD. "Supplements that are fortified with sterols do not offer as many benefits as getting sterols and stanols as they naturally occur."

I have recently read an article, and will try to locate the reference for you, that plant sterols have also been found to gum up heart valves just like cholesterol. Plant sterols have been touted by a lot of people including Dr. Kowalski (8 week cholesterol cure) and Dr. Sinatra (Stop Heart Disease now). I am trying to lower my cholesterol by other means and think I will stay away from the plant sterols. Besides, they cost.

We all know the fiber is beneficial and can lower cholesterol. So for now I am going to take my statin, increase my fiber, watch my diet and see if the fiber will help me reduce the amount of medication I need. My gastrointerologist recommended Benefiber because it is gentlier but my Mother uses Metimucel capsules. She has been able to keep her cholesterol down simply with the fiber.

So, I would try other things before plant sterols as I think the jury is still out on them.

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8/23/09 5:55 P

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Per blogs.webmd.com/healthy-recipe-docto
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2009/01/taste-test-tuesday-promise-aR>ctiv-super.html

the Promise supershots will be off the shelves by August 29, if there are any still available.

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8/22/09 10:46 P

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Hi
You already have 2 great suggestions here.
I want to add, That I can't even find the supershots at our KROGER store anymore. Anyone know why? Is it because I heard on SP aehile back that they had too much sugar or something in them for dieting use?
Did they take them off the shelves for some reason? I think I need to go to their site and check it out.

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8/22/09 3:39 P

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Here's a good article on WebMD

plantsterolswww.webmd.com/cholesterol-maR>nagement/features/low-cholesterol-di
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walnuts, almonds, oatmeal and salmon.....
there are a lot of things that help. besides the supershots....



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DARKORANGE's Photo DARKORANGE Posts: 449
8/21/09 8:29 P

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It was recommended that I get the plant sterols from the Promise supershots but I really don't like them.
And kinda pricey overtime. Are there any alternatives that I could take and get the same benefit?

The fact is, that to do any thing in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble as well as we can.
- Sydney Smith

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefor, is not an act but a habit.
- Aristotle

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Lao-tzu
(and we have taken it!)


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