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Lowering Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a very specific fat molecule made by every animal cell on the planet, part of every animal cell membrane, enables membrane flexibility, cells to change shape, animals to move. Look it up ("cholesterol molecule" works best) on google images. Additionally, for most people hi-chol foods ↓ measured LDL particles while low-chol foods ↑ldl ; drive artery ...Read more
Avoid carbs: Carbohydrates are the enemy. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, and dairy products are all OK. Niacin and Phosphatidylcholine, dietary supplements, are the safest, cheapest, most effective lipid-lowering agents known. They lower total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides, and raise HDL. I recommend 1-2 grams of each daily, depending on your lipid levels. ...Read more
Foods: Jerusalem artichokes and dandelion root tea contain inulin. They help to increase good (HDL) cholesterol & to lower total cholesterol levels. Try nutritional approaches. Consider oatmeal, bran, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapefruit, hazelnuts, avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant, garlic, onion &chili peppers. ...Read more
To a point: The human body is designed./evolved to be 90 + % vegan vegetarian (anything once in a while), with low % body fat, exercising a great deal till you can see where the muscles meet the muscles on the abdomen. These are the best ways to lower cholesterol naturally. Meds can also help but should be second choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet, medications: Statins (prescription medications) are the most potent way to lower cholesterol quickly. Certain dietary changes can also lower cholesterol: 1.) high fiber diet 2.) low saturated and trans fat diets 3.) high monounsaturated fats (nuts, avacodo, olive oils, etc) 4.) plant sterols/stanols. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES: Both aerobic and anaerobic exercise will help in both: lowering LDL bad cholesterol and increasing HDL good cholesterol. Weight lifting, however, could increase your blood pressure while you are doing it. The advise is to start with low weights and increase repetitions. At age 40 you also need to clear this program with your MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Limit yourself to the number of calories necessary to maintain ideal weight. If you're overweight, limit your calories to lose a pound or two a week. Unless you have an inherited cause for your elevated ldl, you'll lower it with this regimen. Daily exercise will also further lower it. 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day can help raise your good (HDL) cholesterol. ...Read more
Be active physically: Stay physically active. Try nutritional approaches. Consider eating oatmeal, bran, apples, oranges, pears, bananas, grapefruit, hazelnuts, avocado, brewer's yeast, royal jelly, saffron, tumeric, honey (buckwheat), alfalfa sprouts, celery, beets, eggplant, garlic, onion, chili peppers, legumes, dandelion root & jerusalem artichoke. Avoid deep fried foods & whole eggs. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
What is the best, most specific way to take supplements to lower bad cholesterol and increase good? Can you be specific about what dosages?
No good evidence: Best currently available agent is Niacin to both lower LDL cholesterol and raise hdl-cholesterol. Not niacinamide, and not no-flush niacin. There are known adverse effects that need to be followed, and strategies to minimize them, but need professional follow up. Fish oils, ala, resveratrol, coq10 are not useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs testing: Red yeast rice may be appealing because it's "natural," but you need to be careful. Experts have not studied it extensively. The ideal dosing and long-term safety are unclear. It could be dangerous for some people. And because the ingredients of different brands of red yeast rice extract might vary so much, it's hard to make firm statements about its effectiveness or safety. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is red yeast good for lowering bad cholesterol. Then the statins that can harm u in the long run???
Lovastatin: The red rice yeast produces lovastatin naturally. Your decisions about cholesterol need to be made in conference with your physician. If a statin is right for you, it's your business whether you use a standardized dose of a synthetic or guess the content produced by a microbe. The safety record and health benefits of statins used appropriately seem pretty good. Be discerning. ...Read more
Low fat diet: But remember that 2/3 of bad cholesterol are manufactured by your liver and therefore diet can affect only 1/3 of the value. Your cholesterol targets are different if you have other risk factors (smoking/hypertension/diabetes/obesity/ sedentary lifestyle) or if you already have had heart attacks/ stents/ strokes/ etc). ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you had to pick one food item that will lower your bad cholesterol the most, it would be?
Should my husband be taking atorvastatin 10mg and trilipix135 mg to lower his bad cholesterol i think it should be one or the other.
Medications: It is very common for these two medications to be used together. ...Read more
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