Natural solutions to lower your cholesterol

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 11/08/2015 | 00:00

Clair Whitty.
Clair Whitty.

High cholesterol levels are a risk factor for strokes and heart attacks. So it's no surprise that people panic when they first learn that their cholesterol is high. Statins are the medication used to lower cholesterol. Some people object to taking this medication because of the side effects, or a reluctance to go on medication, and instead look for natural solutions.

The late Ronnie Plant, author of Selling Sickness, believed that the pharmaceutical companies are-selling sickness-not wellness, and that cholesterol is an invented sickness of the drug companies. It is an interesting read.

But, I can't be sure of that, and I'm certainly no doctor. I cannot, and would not tell anyone to come off medication. But if you've decided that you don't want to take medication then there are some natural remedies to try.

The most common supplements are Garlic, or Lecithin. Red Rice Yeast reduces LDL the bad cholesterol. It blocks the production of cholesterol in the liver; it works the same way as statins but without the side effects. Niacin will help raise HDL the good cholesterol. Herbs to support the liver include Artichoke, or Milk Thistle.

Dietary changes include eating foods like porridge, apples, chia seeds, flax seeds, lecithin, garlic, oily fish, nuts, cider vinegar, avocado, beetroot, hawthorn tea, and artichoke. And also reduce alcohol, processed foods, saturated fat, sugar, and smoking. Do some exercise, and reduce stress, it's not good for your heart!

The most common side effect from taking statins is muscle pain or discomfort; most people report this pain in their arms. CoQ10 helps to reduce this symptom. Other side effects from statins include headache, difficulty sleeping, flushing of the skin, drowsiness, memory loss, digestive discomfort, and dizziness.

Both statins and red rice yeast interfere with CoQ10 which is an important nutrient for the heart so it's recommended that you take it alongside either option.

High cholesterol is not the only symptom of risk of heart disease; other factors are high blood pressure, obesity, family history of heart disease, diabetes, smoking, stress, and lack of exercise are all risk factors for heart disease.

As the late Ronnie Plant said, your health is your wealth, and I say, look after yourself, no one else will!

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