In June, there will likely be generic statins: Zocor or simvastatin is going OTC and will be about 35 cents.
A 10-milligram tablet of Lipitor, Crestor and Vytorin, usually costs more than $2, so there will be a rush to Walgreens.
But can 1/4 cup of steel cut oats (cooked in 10 minutes), half a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons of flax meal, topped with a splash of soy milk do the same thing…or add to the statin’s effect?
Yes, says the evidence…if you make it a habit.
Why? The soluble fiber in oats, the insulin-sensitizers in cinnamon, the lignans in flax, and the protein in soy all lower cholesterol with what you eat.
So, you can have your medicine and eat it too!