Can Cholesterol Be Lowered Naturally?

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Registered: 03-11-2004
Can Cholesterol Be Lowered Naturally?
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:29am
Lately, I have been reading that red yeast rice extract is just as good @ lowering cholesterol, as any statin drug. The government weighs in on it's effectiveness: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-redyeast.html It's given Grade A, but with many cautions.
Here is what the iVillage Look It Up feature says: http://www.ivillage.com/high-cholesterol-0/herbs/89012 Most of the info says that exercise & dietary changes are essential even w/the use of herbs & supplements.
Weigh in on this subject. Have you used alternatives to lower cholesterol? What lifestyle changes have you made? Anyone eating oatmeal or bran cereals in the attempt to get those numbers down?
 


 


 



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Registered: 10-07-2008
Wed, 09-01-2010 - 7:14pm

I was reading good things on cilantro.


I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast with flaxseed, cinnamon, raisins, some
milk.

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Registered: 03-11-2004
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 2:20pm
Oatmeal is great! It makes life easier when eating healthier includes foods we like:) I will have to read up on cilantro. I'm adding more dried beans, legumes, to decrease my cholesterol & increase fiber intake.
Thanks for sharing. jan
 

 


 



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Registered: 10-07-2008
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 6:08pm

I also add flaxseed to my oatmeal.


It has the ligans that broccoli has. 2 tablespoons is better than eating 30 cups


of broccoli for the same amount.

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Registered: 08-16-2004
Sat, 09-04-2010 - 6:29pm
Cinnamon has been shown to lower cholesterol (in doses about 3g a day IIRC). It also lowers blood sugar so it's great for people with diabetes/insulin resistance/high cholesterol as those things run together anyway.