Lipoprotein A 24 August 2009
Lipoprotein A (LpA) is an important yet underappreciated cause of heart disease. It is a molecule made up of a specific protein and fat. Up to 20% of people with heart disease will have an elevated LpA. Elevated LpA can result in heart attacks at a young age. It causes atherosclerotic plaque growth and rupture as well as making LDL (the bad cholesterol) more damaging.
Treatment is controversial however clinicians at the Emerson Health and Wellness Centre believe that LpA levels should be monitored and kept under 300 mg/l. The best way to do this is with large doses of niacin (vitamin B3). 1000-4000mg of niacin may be required and should be used under a clinicians supervision.
Oestrogen in women and testosterone in men can reduce LpA levels by 25%. L-carnitine at 1000mg twice a day and vitamin C are also useful. Dietary strategies include increasing the consumption of flax seeds and almonds.