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1.Policosanol
Policosanol is a mixture of waxy substances generally manufactured from sugarcane. It contains about 60% octacosanol, along with many related chemicals. In some cases, the terms octacosanol and policosanol are used interchangeably. Numerous studies have reported�that sugarcane policosanol can substantially improve cholesterol profile, with an effi...
Score: 100%
 
2.Heparin
Heparin is a very strong blood-thinning drug that is delivered by injection. If you receive heparin, make sure you check with your doctor before taking any type of supplement. Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagulant drug heparin, it has been suggested that chondroitin might have anticoagulant effects as well. There are no ...
Score: 93%
 
3.Pentoxifylline
Pentoxifylline, a drug that makes the blood less "sticky," is used to increase blood circulation in conditions such as intermittent claudication (a possible complication of atherosclerosis in which impaired blood circulation causes severe pain in calf muscles during walking or exercising). Based on chondroitin s chemical similarity to the anticoagu...
Score: 93%
 
4.Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Traditional NSAIDs block COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that the body uses to manufacture substances called prostaglandins. Since COX-1 prostaglandins are stomach-protective, blocking this enzyme is associated with gastrointestinal toxicity, a known side effect ...
Score: 90%
 
5.Intermittent Claudication
The arteries supplying the legs with blood may become seriously blocked in advanced stages of /tnp/pg000262 doc 21500 atherosclerosis (commonly, if somewhat incorrectly, known as hardening of the arteries). This can lead to severe, crampy pain when you walk more than a short distance because the muscles are starved for oxygen. This condition is ca...
Score: 88%
 
6.Strokes
Strokes occur when part of the brain suddenly loses its blood supply and dies. The underlying cause is generally atherosclerosis, a condition in which the walls of blood vessels become thickened and irregular. As atherosclerosis progresses, blood flow through important arteries becomes restricted to a much smaller passage than nature designed. This...
Score: 87%
 
7.Warfarin
Warfarin (Coumadin) is an anticoagulant used to thin the blood and prevent it from clotting. It is a somewhat dangerous drug that can be affected by many substances, including food. Note : If you are taking warfarin, we do not recommend taking any herb or supplement except on a physician's advice. Similar blood-thinning drugs are anisindione (Mirad...
Score: 85%
 
8.High Cholesterol
One of the most significant discoveries in preventive medicine is that elevated levels of cholesterol in the blood accelerate /tnp/pg000262 doc 21500 atherosclerosis , a condition commonly known as hardening of the arteries. Along with /tnp/pg000596 doc 21725 high blood pressure , inactivity, /tnp/condition/cigarette doc 35542 smoking , and /tnp/co...
Score: 85%
 
9.Levodopa/Carbidopa
Carbidopa in combination with levodopa is used in treating Parkinson's disease. This disease is associated with a deficit of dopamine, a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger in the brain). By preventing the breakdown of levodopa in the general circulation, carbidopa enables more levodopa to enter the brain, where it is converted into dopamine. Th...
Score: 84%
 
10.Gastritis
Gastritis is a condition in which the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed, leading to discomfort. If the inflammation is prolonged, either atrophic gastritis (a condition in which the glands of the stomach lining disappear) or an /tnp/pg000366 doc 21594 ulcer may develop. Underlying causes of gastritis include infection with the organism Helicob...
Score: 81%
 

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