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What do you do to lower high cholesterol naturally?

My mom has high cholesterol, which is genetic. It is not something she can really control. The doctor recommended a statin. What can she do to lower her numbers naturally without going on a statin? (Doctor said her diet and exercise routines are fine as they are, and fish oil actually raised her numbers substantially.)

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SlightlyPerfect

Asked by SlightlyPerfect at 9:55 PM on Jun. 15, 2011 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Diet and exercise. Low fat, high fiber foods. Fresh fruits and veggies, lean means. Atleast that is what my doctor told me to do so I can avoid being on meds.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:59 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • Oh, and Cheerios or oatmeal are a good way to help lower cholesterol.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:59 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • Eat a HUGE bowl of oatmeal every morning...
    GoodyBrook

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 10:00 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • read the book "the cholesterol myth" it is a very quick read. statins are crap...in fact low cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease. soooo many people are on them, and heart disease has not declined. why? they don't work! if your moms diet and exercise are fine (low processed foods, low dairy, low sugar, high whole foods, high water, high nuts beans, berrries, and good fats...then look at other resources! check this out  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/06/06/Tips-to-Lower-Cholesterol-Naturally.aspx


    now, when reviewing articles at mercola.com you need to read with a bit of scrutiny. many of his articles are logical, scientific and legit, but some are really ads to sell his products (imo)

    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 10:06 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • Cholesterol from foods is ONLY in animal products, no plant products. Going vegan would eliminate cholesterol from her diet completely, if she's willing to go that route. I'm not a vegan, so I'm not just some vegan pusher, but it's highly recommended for anyone with high cholesterol. Also, anything high insoluble fiber, including oatmeal, fruits and veggies, beans, legumes and whole grains, will help get rid of cholesterol. Soluble fiber binds to bile in the small intestine, which prevents it from being reuptaken after it has been used to emulsify fats. Thus, the bile is excreted. The liver responds by taking more cholesterol from the blood to make more bile. This is why Cheerios and oatmeal are touting their ability to lower cholesterol. She needs a high fiber, low animal product diet, and she needs to stay away from foods high in saturated fat, as they also tend to be high in cholesterol. Lots of water, too! Good luck!!
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:40 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

  • Also, exercise helps, particularly weight bearing exercise/weight lifting, because it raises HDLs (good cholesterol), which helps lower bad cholesterol (LDLs). LDLs distribute fats to cells, and contribute to heart and blood vessel diseases, whereas HDLs pick up fats from cells to deliver to the liver to be processed for excretion. Thus, exercise can definitely help lower cholesterol. I hope all this helps!!
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:42 PM on Jun. 15, 2011

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