Can the cholesterol be lowered without having to take medicine? Currently, heart disease is the leading cause of death. Heart disease is caused by many factors, and high cholesterol is one of them. Being overweight, having high blood pressure, and having a family history of heart disease are also conditions that cause heart disease. As far as high cholesterol is concerned, once people are diagnosed with it, it usually means they will have to take medications to lower their cholesterol for the rest of their lives. Even though taking cholesterol-lowering medications may sound like a good option, it still wouldn’t hurt to ask your physician about the possibility of using a natural remedy.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
There are what we call good fats, and there are bad fats. For those who may be confused as to which ones are which, just consider this rule of thumb: stay away from saturated animal fats like non-lean red meats, ice-cream, butter, and chocolate. Also, stay away from processed foods because they contain lots of trans fatty acids. If you’re looking for good fats, try eating lots of fish, nuts (especially walnuts), flax (and hemp) oil, seeds, and avocado.
Exercise can help alleviate a lot of health conditions. For optimum cholesterol health, choose aerobic exercises, and walking.
Love your garlic
Naturopathic fans hail garlic as a superfood. It lowers cholesterol and it’s also anti-fungal and antibacterial. Try putting garlic in your salad dressing, stir-fries, or casseroles. If you can, get garlic as a supplement, but make sure it has allicin as an active ingredient.
Add fiber to your diet
Digestible fiber reduces cholesterol in the body because it binds it to the bowels for elimination. That way, the cholesterol doesn’t get a chance to enter the bloodstream. Try eating legumes, whole grains, and vegetables. You can also get fiber from ground LSA (linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds), a half cup of slippery elm powder, a half-cup psyllium husks, and one cup rice bran (found in most grocers and food nutrition centers).