Which is better? 4. October 2007 William Davis (12) If you have the common pattern of high LDL particle number (NMR) with small LDL--a pattern highly related to coronary plaque--which is better:Lipitor or a combination of fish oil, vitamin D, and elimination of wheat? Lipitor quite effectively reduces LDL particle number, usually on the order of 40% or so. Effect on LDL particle size: None. Side-effects: plenty, including muscle aches (inevitable in my experience, not the ridiculous 2% they claim) and occasionally mental effects such as impaired short-term memory.Lipitor does seem to exert a modest effect on reduction of C-reactive protein, around 30%. It also reduces cardiovascular events by 30%. A combination of fish oil, vitamin D, and elimination of wheat: Reduces LDL particle number commonly by a similar 40% (though variable, depending on body weight). There is substantial improvement in LDL particle size, a large drop in C-reactive protein, often >50%, a 30% or more reduction in cardiovacular events. On this combination, however, you also:--Lose weight, often substantially. --Improve bone health, esp. osteoporosis and arthritis. --Reduce cancer risk from the vit D supplementation. --Reduce risk of stroke. --Reduce postprandial (after-eating) abnormalities like intermediate-density lipoprotein.--Reduce winter blues. --Experience more energy. --Obtain increased clarity of thought (from elimination of wheat). --Reduce blood pressure. Oh, and there's no muscle aches.