On Amla. Not sure what the effects of Amla are going to be on my upcoming NMR. Perhaps I've skewed my high MFA low SF experiment again by bring in another variable
That plus the 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds that I've started taking. However, I'm thinking from what I've read that both are staple foods with hopefully no real side effects. I too am curious about the true mechanism of Amla's cholesterol mediating effect. Thanks GB for your input on that. Julie, I find your Facebook reference of Kiwi's effect on cholesterol very relevant. Kiwi is also known as Chinese gooseberry and Amla is Indian gooseberry. So it seems these two fruit share something that modulates cholesterol.
Merouleau and Russ. I am using about 4 flat teaspoons of Amla powder in divided doses a day. It is the whole fruit ( probably freeze dried) powder and not a concentrated standardized extract. I will have to do some more research on how big a difference this makes. Depending on the NMR results I may have to go lower. I appreciate fully Julie's concern...if it is truly that potent than it may be doing more than desired from a neuro-protective view. I am the last to be fixated at lowering cholesterol at all costs. You could take red yeast rice for instance, also a so called "natural" product to lower cholesterol, but in actuality is just a "mild' statin.
It all goes back to your comfort level on supplementation in general. I'm sure that among my expansive supplement arsenal there may be a couple that perhaps are somewhat harmful. That is why one needs to be cautious while also proactive. It's a tough balancing act. That's the value of this forum...we can all share our concerns and insights.