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1/2 aspirin per week for reducing cholesterol

Updated on May 5, 2024 in Ask A Coach
3 on April 30, 2024

We confer with a functional medicine NP for our yearly check-ups She is the first person to recommend a 1/2 dose per week of aspirin to lower my husband’s cholesterol. I know aspirin can make your stomach bleed, so we are hesitant and looking for safer options for both of us. I cannot take red yeast rice, as recommended by my acupuncturist, unfortunately. Thanks so much!

 
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1 on May 1, 2024

Red yeast rice is highly beneficial, but if you cannot take that,  you might choose to use other supplements such as berberine, plant sterols, and garlic, all of which can modulate healthy cholesterol levels. It’s also important to note that regular exercise, a whole-foods, plant-based diet low in sugar and processed foods is essential. Best!

on May 5, 2024

Thanks so much…then it looks like a 1/2 aspirin is not recommended?

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0 on May 5, 2024

I encourage you to work with your healthcare practitioner to make an informed decision about what’s best for you given your whole health history and priorities at this time. Best! 

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