So your doctor has diagnosed you with high cholesterol.
But before you decide to take the statin drug your doctor has prescribed, you are wondering if there are any natural remedies that would work to lower your cholesterol levels?
What are the best natural remedies for high cholesterol that really work?
Below is a detailed list complete with comments and recommended doses to take for maximum benefits.
They may be taken together for an enhanced cholesterol lowering effects, either with each other or along with conventional prescription cholesterol-lowering medications.
If you want to learn more about high cholesterol in general, see our article on High Cholesterol as this report is focused on giving you a list of supplements for you to consider.
Simply put, there are indeed many natural remedies that has been proven to lower high cholesterol.
For some people with only slightly elevated cholesterol levels, a lower-fat diet and one or more of the below listed supplement might be enough to bring the levels down to an acceptable level.
A diet change is always needed to supplement both natural remedies and conventional prescription medications in the fight against high cholesterol.
For others, who may have moderate to high levels of cholesterol, natural remedies may be insufficient. However, these remedies can and should be used in additional to prescription medications.
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms to tell you if you have high cholesterol or not. The only way to determine your cholesterol levels is with a blood test from your doctor. It is essential to get regular cholesterol level blood work done from your doctor on a regular basis to ensure that you are reaching your target cholesterol level.
|Natural Remedy||What experts say about these natural remedies for high cholesterol|
(Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
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This is a must-take if you suffer from high cholesterol or heart disease. It will lower your cholesterol and also stop the inflammation from happening in your blood vessels caused by cholesterol deposits.
There are significant benefits from taking omega-3 fatty acids that go far beyond just heart health. This is one of the best natural remedies for high cholesterol treatment.
Just take it.
Dosage: Take 2 to 4 grams daily or the equivalent amount of EPA and DHA. (At least 360 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA. Even double of this dose is very safe.)
Fish old have few side effects and it is considered to be very safe.
This is also a must-take herb as well along with fish oil. It acts as a powerful anti-oxidant, protecting the arteries from damage caused by the "bad" cholesterol (LDL).
Dosage: Take 200 to 400 mg three times daily.
Niacin, in high doses, is proven in clinical studies to lower high cholesterol levels. It is shown to reduce the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) up to 25%, triglycerides up to 50% and increase the "good" cholesterol up to 35%. High-dose niacin is also available as a prescription medication as well.
Dosage: The dosage required to significantly lower cholesterol is in the range of 1,200 to 1,500 mg daily. Dose as high as 3,000 mg daily have been used to significantly lower LDL.
Warning: Use these high doses of niacin under the supervision of a health care professional.
Not all fats are bad. Olive oil is a good form of fat.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. It has antioxidant benefits, prevents the blood from clotting too easily, lowers cholesterol and helps with lowering blood pressure.
The Mediterranean diet is high in consumption of olive oil and is believed to the reason why this diet is a heart-friendly diet.
|Beta sitosterol (Plant Sterols)||
Plant sterols have been clinical shown to lower the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) as well as the total cholesterol.
Dosage: Take 800 mg to 6,000 mg daily (divide dose into two or three times daily and take before meals.)
|Red Yeast Rice||
This supplement is shown in clinical research studies to bring down the cholesterol and well as increase the "good" cholesterol levels (HDL).
Some experts suggest that it might be as effective as taking prescription cholesterol-lowering medications.
Dosage: Take at least 1,200 mg daily. 2,400 mg is commonly used.
The soluble fiber found in oat bran is shown in clinical studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and brings down total cholesterol and the "bad" cholesterol (LDL).
Dosage: Take 50 to 150 grams of oats. (Or the equivalent amount of soluble fiber which is around 4 to 10 grams daily.)
(whole grain barley and barley-containing products)
Just like oats, barley contains large amounts of fiber. This is shown to lower cholesterol levels.
Dosage: Take 30 grams of barley daily. (Or the equivalent of 4 to 10 grams of fiber found in barley daily.)
(from berry fruits such as acai, strawberry, blueberry and cranberry)
Animal studies showed that the anthocyanins can lower cholesterol.
A recent well-designed clinical study involving 120 people with high cholesterol showed that anthocyanins lowered the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and increased the "good" cholesterol (HDL) significantly.
Dosage: 160 mg of anthocyanins (derived from berry fruits) twice daily was used in the study. Acai is an example.
|Soy and soy protein||
Past studies show that taking soy protein lowers total cholesterol and the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) by up to 10%.
Not all studies shows positive benefits and newer studies done suggest that it may not be as effective as once believed to be.
Dosage: Take 20 to 50 grams daily (divided into two or three doses).
Clinical studies showed that this supplement lowered total and "bad" cholesterol (LDL's) significantly.
Dosage: Take 400 mg to 3,000 mg twice daily before meals.
Taking coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 increases the HDL (good cholesterol) level but does not lower the LDL (bad cholesterol).
See CoQ10 for Cholesterol for the full discussion.
Dosage: Take 200 mg daily.
|Artichoke Leaf Extract
Artichoke leaf extract (ALE) lowered total cholesterol and the "bad' cholesterol (LDL) significantly after 12 weeks of treatment compared to the placebo group.
Dosage: The dosage used in the clinical study was 1,280 mg of ALE daily.
Studies done on rabbits fed 200 mg of ginger had lower cholesterol levels and smaller amounts of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in the blood vessels.
Some small clinical studies show that cordyceps can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Larger studies will need to be done to confirm this preliminary findings before this natural herb can be recommended for this purpose.
Dosage: Studies used 1 gram three times daily.
Animal studies show that turmeric helped to lower cholesterol levels.
Animal studies showed that taurine has the ability to lower cholesterol levels.
In animal studies and studies done on brain tissues of rats, taurine (an amino acid found in many energy drinks seemed to protect the brain cells and heart muscle against damaged caused by the lack of oxygen.
Taurine also showed potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body and this may help to stop the damage caused by the cholesterol deposits in the arteries.
One study in rats showed that taking maca can lower cholesterol levels. More studies will be needed to confirm this benefit in humans.
|Apple Cider Vinegar||
Rats given apple cider vinegar had their cholesterol levels lowered.
Earlier reports suggested that drinking elderberry juice could lower cholesterol. More studies are needed to verify this benefit.
|Policosanol||Probably not effective
Early studies done out of Cuba and Latin American countries showed that policosanol was very effective at lowering high cholesterol.
However, many more recent studies done in other parts of the world by different research teams could not show any benefits of policosanol at lowering cholesterol.
Dosage: In the earlier studies, subjects used 20 mg once daily.
The article Vitamins for High Cholesterol lists some of the vitamins that are shown to low cholesterol.
However, the bottom line is that all is bad news. Vitamins don't seem to help to lower cholesterol by any significant amounts. Studies are suggestive that they could help but the beneficial link are very weak.
As a quick and general introduction to the problems of high cholesterol it's a good primer.