alancing cholesterol naturally (Part 2)

Tangerine peel extract

Last edition I introduced the health benefits of compounds extracted from tangerine peel. These compounds are called polymethoxylated flavones, fortunately abbreviated to PMF’s. They may well be one of the most important food compounds for your heart. The most biologically active are nobiletin and tangeritin- both extracted from tangerine skins.

It fascinates me that compounds that have a specific function in plants can have different benefits for human health. Flavones are yellow coloured molecules used by plants to colour their flowers to make them more attractive to pollinating insects.  When we consume food or supplements with flavones they take on a variety of incredibly healthy properties.

While research into PMF’s is continuing, there is evidence that these compounds have several benefits for heart health.  Deep in your liver tissues are a series of enzymes that create the cholesterol we need.

For a variety of reasons these enzymes can become imbalanced producing more cholesterol than we need. Clinical trials over 3 months with Sytrinol®, a blend of PMF’s and vitamin E compounds showed significant improvements in cholesterol balance especially the very important ratio between LDL and HDL cholesterol.

Statin intolerance

Statin cholesterol medications are very effective at blocking the specific enzyme needed to make cholesterol and usually significantly reduce cholesterol levels. However there are a large group who cannot tolerate the side especially muscle pain, low energy, changes in mood, memory and generally have less mental clarity. There are also others who prefer to use natural solutions over prescribed medications.

If you are taking Statins I advise you to take a high quality Co enzyme Q10 such as my CoQsol. This is because statins proportionately reduce the production of both cholesterol and Co enzyme Q10. Low CoQ10 shows in muscle weakness/pain, general lethargy, mental dullness and poor moods.

PMF’s are excellent antioxidants

PMF’s are also excellent antioxidants to reduce free radical damage and are especially good at protecting heart arteries. Most people can tolerate PMF’s well and can be taken with most medications.

PMF’s and blood sugar

PMF’s have other benefits. A study (Li et al 2006) showed that PMF’s help to prevent high triglycerides and blood sugar with a high fructose diet. Of course no one suggests using PMF’s to counter high fructose soft drinks but these show promise in helping these important processes cope with naturally occurring fructose in fruit and vegetables.  The study does suggest that people who have blood sugar, triglyceride and cholesterol issues could benefit from adding concentrated PMF’s.


For those who prefer natural methods to balance cholesterol I recommend a 3 month trial of Sytrinol® followed with a cholesterol test to determine your progress. For best results I prefer to combine a low sugar and refined carbohydrate diet with Cell-X and Omega 3. Give me a call or email if you need further information.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2019

What is Abundant Health Sytrinol®?

Abundant Health Sytrinol® is a proprietary and US patented formula that combines polymethoxylated flavones (PMF’s) and a patented blend of alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocotrienols derived from palm fruit. PMF’s are derived from citrus while tocotrienols belong to the vitamin E group of compounds. This combination of all natural ingredients is highly effective nutraceutical formula to support cardiovascular health.

How does Abundant Health Sytrinol® work?

A series of enzymes in our liver produce and regulate the cholesterol that our bodies need. Sometimes, because of genetics, disease, diet or lifestyle this series of enzymes become imbalanced and produces more cholesterol that we need. Sytrinol® helps to balance these enzymes thus promoting normal cholesterol production thus supporting cardiovascular health.

The patented tocotrienols in Sytrinol® help balance cholesterol without reducing important Co enzyme Q10. The PMF’s in Sytrinol® help in several ways. They firstly help balance the natural process that leads to formation of lipids needed to produce cholesterol and secondly will support the immune system therefore helping our immune defences.

How can Sytrinol® help?

A good diet and active lifestyle are essential for cardiovascular health. A diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, low fat protein, low in saturated fats, high in good fats such as Omega 3 from oily fish are the basis of a heart-healthy diet. In some cases, despite a good diet and active lifestyle our cholesterol levels become imbalanced. Sytrinol® can help balance cholesterol levels thus promoting cardiovascular health.

Who can take Sytrinol®?

Sytrinol® is suitable for adults who require additional cholesterol management as part of a programme including diet and exercise. Sytrinol® can be used by those taking prescribed medications but it is important to discuss this with your doctor. The recommended dose is 1 capsule twice daily after food with a glass of water.

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