Controlling Your Cholesterol Without Using Drugs

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Controlling Your Cholesterol Without Using Drugs
Controlling Your Cholesterol Without Using Drugs

Controlling Your Cholesterol Without Using Drugs

Controlling your cholesterol without using drugs. In most cases for lowering Cholesterol, statin drugs are among the most widely used.  Although statins are safe for most people, they can cause diarrhea, muscle pain or liver damage in up to 10% of patients.  In addition, they have a large price (up to about $1,800 per year) and must be taken for life.

Most doctors usually prescribe statins only when the cholesterol is about 240 mg/dL or higher. Or when patients already have heart, high blood pressure or other coronary risk factors.

Drug companies don’t advertise this, but many people can lower their cholesterol without taking medication.

A good approach is to eat foods with “anti-cholesterol” properties. Along with basic lifestyle changes, the right diet can effectively lower cholesterol to safe levels.

But if you eventually need a statin drug to cut cholesterol levels more, these foods will allow you to take the lowest possible dose. I called them the “TRADITIONAL FUNCTIONAL FOODS.” Here are few of them:

Controlling Your Cholesterol Without Using Drugs
  • PSYLLIUM. It is an Indian grain  that is added to some breakfast cereals as well as “commercial” laxatives.  Studies have shown that 3 g of psyllium  taken daily would lower cholesterol about 15% and LDL by 20%.
  • OAT AND RICE BRAN. Studies have shown that people who eat three ounces of oat bran daily can improve the ratio of “bad” LDL to “good” HDL cholesterol by 24%. Rice bran lowers LDL almost as much as oat bran in those who eat approximately three ounces daily.
  • FISH. Two to three fish meals weekly will lower LDL and triglycerides, fats that have also been linked to heart disease. Addition studies also found that one meal of salmon, tuna or other omega-3-rich fish per week reduced the risk of a fatal heart attack by 52%. For those that don’t eat fish, they can use a Fish-oil supplements but they may not provide as many health benefits as fish.

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