Here are true stories of people who successfully managed to lower their cholesterol naturally, without any drugs or advertised snake oils, and consequently reduced their cardiovascular risk.
Is lowering cholesterol naturally difficult?
Even though to lower cholesterol with natural methods you don’t need any rocket science, but despite it, you may have difficulties getting the numbers down without medication. The latest heart supplements, potent diuretic herbs, natural blood pressure pills, and low fat diets don’t seem to work as well as they are advertised.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to buy shelves of supplements, obsessively steep herbal teas, or marry oats for breakfast to perfect your cholesterol numbers. Surprising, as it may sound, you can even lower your cholesterol with eggs or with other cholesterol-loaded foods. Here is a handy chart.
Do you need to lower cholesterol?
For many people cholesterol is a bad word. In their minds high cholesterol leads to heart attacks and strokes. A warning phone call from a doctor sends them into a sheer panic. But that fear has nothing to do with reality, because 75% of heart attack victims actually have low or normal cholesterol numbers. 1
Forcing cholesterol numbers down to get cardiovascular benefits may not be such a great idea. Lowering cholesterol, especially through low-fat diet may have far-reaching consequences. Low cholesterol is associated with serious side effects including dementia 2, depression, and serious infections 3. It can even precipitate suicidal attempts 4 and increase cancer mortality.5
Thus before attempting to cholesterol to avoid a heart attack, you must get a grasp on its side effects. In many cases “good cholesterol numbers” neither lead to better health, not stronger heart. Cholesterol Trap is a good start. This short read can give you a solid perspective on cholesterol as well as explain many pitfalls lowering the numbers. It is a must-read for anyone with a beating heart.
High cholesterol or poor health, what comes first?
Cholesterol is not a menace. It is a damage marker. High cholesterol does NOT cause poor health. It is failing health that causes high cholesterol. Cholesterol repairs. That’s why it goes up when you are not well. Think about it: why would body make a substance that keeps on killing us? If that’s the case wouldn’t all be dead by now.
Here are three success stories on how to lower cholesterol naturally, without prescription medication or liposuction (just joking).
Emily was a 54-year old woman with good eating habits and a slim built, but her doctor insisted she needed to lower her cholesterol. She did not know how to go about it since she already was doing everything possible: she ate a healthy low fat diet walked a lot and did yoga. Apparently that effort wasn’t sufficient. Her numbers were high, and climbing.
I carefully looked at Emily’s diet diary and lifestyle habits. Immediately some negative patterns became evident.
- eating a monotonous diet,
- had insufficient vegetables, and
- engaged in wrong exercise type
I gave her a few pointers. Instead of devoting herself entirely to yoga, she started to make jogging rounds around the neighborhood three times a week. She increased vegetables and brought variety into her diet.
Soon everybody noticed her transformation. Even her neighbor, a medical doctor, did. He kept on asking her on her “energy” secrets.
Emily was totally surprised. She expected some results, but she was shocked when her results came back. Her total cholesterol went from 6.59 (255) to 5.18 (200) in a short three months. She also lost 8 lb without diets or hunger.
Dave’s reasons for high cholesterol
Dave was a 19 year old student with very good grades. But the stress of school and student lifestyle made him unwell and obese. At 321 lbs he accumulated a long list of health problem, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. He wanted to lose weight and didn’t care about high cholesterol, but I explained it is all in “one package”.
Why things went out of control? Because Dave
- had irregular eating “schedule”,
- binged when hungry,
- used lots of sugary drinks, and
- did not move at all
Dave wanted to make a visible change in two summer months. I suggested eating a large egg-based breakfast and removing obvious sugars. Exercise was hard to fit in due to time constraints, so I left it at that.
Two and a half months later his total cholesterol went down from 6.23 (240) to 5.92, (229) but that wasn’t the highlight. The wow factor came with his HDL (good) cholesterol. HDL is extremely hard to increase, but in his case it went up from 1.10 (42) to 1.36 (56), an astounding 24% increase in less than two months.
Dave lost over 40 lb. He went down from 321 lb to 280 lb. His blood pressure also improved. It went from 174/100 to 160/83 without any blood pressure lowering medication or supplementation.
Mary was a 60-year old female with numerous chronic diseases. Mary was overweight. At 5.5” she carried 181 lb. She was on eight different types of medication, some for diabetes, some for thyroid, and some for joint pain. She was also dependent on two different types of insulin to regulate her erratic sugar.
Mary could not exercise. She barely moved. Her joints were very painful and stiff, but her diet was accepted by diabetic nurses as good. I did not think so. She had a lot of work ahead of her. We started with the most obvious: inflammation. Cholesterol was just an inseparable part of that unfortunate predicament.
- ate junk food,
- devoured large portions,
- ate impulsively,
- and ate foods she was allergic to
I eliminated junk, limit portions, and timed meals better. That stopped Mary from impulsive eating. She did not need to. The hunger was gone.
Few months later Mary’s cholesterol was modestly down from 4.71 (182) to 4.10 (156), but her life has changed dramatically. She lost 20 lb, reduced her insulin units by at least half, and completely abandon five of her medications.
Her specialist told her she no longer has arthritis. What’s more, she started to exercise and enjoy her rounds of golf, as she did in her earlier years. All her friends started to be jealous of her glowing skin, her energy, and her endless zest for life. Not bad?
How to lower cholesterol naturally?
Do not try to lower lipid numbers in hope to earn better health. It won’t happen. Cholesterol is a health marker, not a random menace. The body makes it when it’s needed. When the numbers get high, it’s time to scrutinize your lifestyle habits instead of reaching for a pill.
Are you still confused? Read “The Cholesterol Trap!” It will open your eyes… wide.