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Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol

By Friday, 21 October 2016 03:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The FDA has recently, finally acknowledged that one complication of statin drugs is cognitive impairment. Because there is now no doubt about this fact, I want to give readers some practical measures you can take to naturally lower your cholesterol.

Number one is to lose weight. Losing 5-10 pounds can lower triglycerides.

Don’t smoke. New data also discourage the use of e-cigarettes because the nicotine and other chemicals in them can cause as much damage as regular cigarettes.

Limit sugar and refined foods. Eating many foods that have sugar or white flour increases triglyceride levels.

Limit fruit juice. Even natural fruit juice has a significant amount of sugar, so limit your fresh fruit juices.

Choose healthy fats. These include olive, canola, peanut, and sunflower oils. And avoid solid fats.

Limit alcohol intake to 1-2 glasses per day. Increased alcohol intake has been associated with high HDL levels. And avoid sugary mixes with your alcohol.

Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to lower triglycerides and HDL cholesterol levels.

Fish oil may be of value. Check with your doctor about whether you need fish oil supplements to lower triglycerides.

Add these foods to your diet: avocados, almonds, walnuts, flax, whole grains, and plant sterols.

Increase soluble fiber by eating more oats and bran and beans and lentils.

Add whey proteins, which can be purchased in grocery stores and health food stores and have been shown to lower LDL and total cholesterol.

By going this route, you can take a holistic approach to lowering your cholesterol level and stay away from the medications such as statin drugs.

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