Many of us are suffering with high cholesterol. It is the most prescribed condition by Doctors in the US.
Our LDL levels should be less than 100 mg/DL.
And our total cholesterol should be less than 200mg/DL.
Doctors are liberally prescribing statins which have a myriad of side effects and which artificially lower cholesterol.
One of the most common complaints from people who are taking statins is unexplained muscle pain along with numerous other complaints.
Even with modified diet and exercise, once you stop taking statins your cholesterol will skyrocket. Here are many of the Natural ways to lower cholesterol without taking drugs.
1) Eat a Heart Healthy Diet
Avoid eating saturated fat, exercise moderately, and don’t smoke, and lose weight for starters.
Avoid meat and full fat dairy products, do some form of aerobic activity several times a week.
2) Taking certain supplements can lower your LDL and raise your HDL.
A) Red Yeast Rice
One review of 21 studies found that red yeast rice was effective at reducing levels of total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides. Summary Studies show that red yeast rice may help lower cholesterol levels
One study showed that taking 2.4 grams per day reduced LDL levels by 22% and total cholesterol by 16% in 12 weeks. Another study showed that taking 1.2 grams per day lowered LDL levels by 26% in just eight weeks
B) Nicain Vitamin b-3
For high cholesterol:The effects of niacin are dose-dependent. Doses of niacin as low as 50 mg and as high as 12 grams each day have been used. However, the biggest increases in HDL and decreases in triglycerides occur at 1200 to 1500 mg/day. Niacin’s greatest effects on LDL occur at 2000 to 3000 mg/day.
c) Oil of Bergamot
The extract from the Italian citrus fruit bergamot successfully reduced cholesterol levels in recent studies, The Wall Street Journal recently reported. The supplement allowed study participants to cut back on statin dosages as well.
Commonly used as a flavoring in Earl Grey tea, the extract of the bitter citrus fruit bergamot was shown to reduce cholesterol levels in four recent human studies. Bergamot also was credited with raising good cholesterol, removing fatty deposits in the liver and lowering blood sugar levels.
In one of the studies, published in 2013 in the International Journal of Cardiology, 77 patients took 1,000 milligrams daily of bergamot extract over one month. The participants’ cholesterol dropped from an average of 278 milligrams per deciliter of blood to 191.
The study researchers also reported that adding bergamot allowed them to cut by half participants’ dosage of the cholesterol drug rosuvastatin without reducing its effectiveness.
The secret ingredient? Bergamot contains powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. Earl Grey tea does not pack a potent enough punch to affect cholesterol; the studies reviewed use of concentrated extract in tablet or capsule form.
Now that you know how to lower bad cholesterol, increase good cholesterol, and lower triglycerides, without the use of statins, where should you start?
I would start with one of the 3 natural remedies listed above and take them for 3 months, then have your cholesterol levels checked.
If your LDL levels have not returned to normal, then either continue taking it for another 3 months, or switch to another supplement and try that for 3 months.
Can you take 2 of them simultaneously? The answer is Yes, they are very safe.