It is estimated that over 12 million Americans are on statin drugs for high cholesterol. Recently, statin drugs have come under fire for their dangerous side effects including, but not limited to, muscle pain, liver abnormalities, erectile dysfunction, irritability and hostility, insomnia and kidney failure. Thankfully, there are natural ways to lower cholesterol without dangerous drugs.
Make Changes to Your Diet
The most important factor in lowering cholesterol naturally is diet. It is important to increase your intake of foods rich in dietary fiber such as fruits (blueberries are reported to have a positive effect on lowering cholesterol), vegetables, beans and whole grains. Reduce your intake of dairy and red meat and processed foods. Whole foods are best for the body and help to lower cholesterol naturally without dangerous drugs. Wild caught oily fish such as salmon and mackerel are rich in Omega 3s, which have been reported to lower cholesterol naturally. Start adding garlic to your diet. Studies show that garlic is an effective natural remedy for lowering cholesterol. Garlic worked best when eaten in its raw, uncooked form. If you want to add it to a cooked dish such as a stir-fry, add it at the very end for the best benefits.
Get Some Exercise
Working out for just thirty minutes a day can have a big impact on lowering your cholesterol naturally. Make it fun. Slip on your MP3 player and take a brisk walk outside. Turn on your favorite Internet radio station and dance in the privacy of your home. Take a swim or take up yoga. Grab your partner and a friend and go hiking at your favorite park or trail. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or tedious and it’s an excellent way to improve your overall health.
As mentioned above, dietary fiber is an important factor is lowering cholesterol naturally. The bulk fiber, psyllium is an excellent source of fiber and can be taken in loose (mixed with water) or pill form. Studies show Omega 3 is effective in lowering triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. If you don’t eat a lot of fish, supplementing your diet with Omega 3 is the next thing. The same goes for garlic supplements. If you choose not to cook with garlic, take a garlic supplement instead. Vitamin E works to lower the oxidation of cholesterol thereby lowering the risk of clogged arteries. Red yeast rice is a natural Chinese botanical that is said to have similar cholesterol-lowering properties as statin drugs. Because of its similarities to statin drugs, it is reported that statin manufacturers have forced some red yeast rice manufacturers to take the active ingredient, lovastatin out of the product. If you want to use this natural cholesterol-lowering remedy, be sure you are choosing one with lovastatin.
Lowering cholesterol naturally may be as easy as making a few diet & lifestyle changes that could add many happy, healthy years to your life!