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A Review on Lipid-Lowering Effects of Nutraceuticals

Author(s): Sunaina Anand*, Ankita M Pachare and Anish Desai

Hyperlipidemia is a prevalent disease and an important risk factor for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs). When it occurs with other CVDs and diseases like diabetes and hypertension, the morbidity and mortality rate is enhanced. Throughout the years, nutraceuticals have been studied to prevent or reduce hyperlipidemia, many of which are found in natural sources. For this review we explored published clinical trials and papers on Nutraceuticals fulfilling our eligibility criteria. Drug therapy when combined with Nutraceuticals work in synergy and helps in lowering total cholesterol, triglycerides and other lipoproteins. Furthermore, combination therapy reduces the required dose of conventional drugs, thus reducing side effects. The aim of this review is to aid physicians in understanding the lipid lowering potential of certain nutraceuticals in primary hyperlipidemia.

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