What's best for lowering cholesterol naturally?
What are the best statin alternatives so that you can avoid side effects such as myalgia Lipitor and amnesia Lipitor -- yes, the muscle ache and memory loss of statin drugs.
Here's why, and some simple tips to start with:
Eat Oats 'n Beans 'n Barley -- and Leafy Greens......say researchers who tested a “veggie” diet.
Best foods to eat every day?
The " Garden of Eden Diet" was found by researchers to have the same effect as statin medications:
1. Oat, barley and psyllium - viscous fibers
2. soy and almonds for vegetable proteins
3. plant sterol-enriched margarine
4. leafy greens.
This "Garden of Eden" diet, which consists mainly of leafy vegetables along with fruit and nuts, lowered the serum LDL of healthy volunteers by over 30% -- the equivalent of the effect of statins -- the standard medications.
Why not just swallow a pill?
The researchers who used the "Garden of Eden Diet" harnessed the power of phytosterols -- powerful nutrients found in plants that can lower "bad" LDL levels.
You can add a regular supply of these to your diet every day by using:
Sterol-enriched margarine and juices could also be an option.
Whole grains slow the buildup of plaque. Researcher Alice Lichtenstein found that eating 6 servings or more per week of whole grains was associated with slower buildup of artery-narrowing plaque.
(American Heart Journal, July 2005; Vol 150(1): 94-101.)
Dr. Majken Jensen at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed diet and health records of over 27,000 men aged 40-75, over a period of 14 years, and found that those with the highest whole grain intake (about 40g per day) cut heart disease risk by almost 20% – but even those eating just 25g cut their CHD risk by 15%.
(Am. Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec. 2004; vol 80: 1492-1499)
Also, avoiding gluten by substituting processed potato starch and corn starch, is in our view, not a good idea.
Older adults who regularly eat whole grains like high-fiber cereals and cooked old fashioned oatmeal are less likely to develop a cluster of conditions that raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
These all raise a person's risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney damage.
So, unless you are able to cut out wheat altogether without adding other processed foods, it is best to stick to whole grains.
You may want to add more avocados to your diet. Why?
An experimental trial had women eating an avocado a day.
You may need extra help to bring your high cholesterol and high blood pressure down.
Or if you have had blood clots you may want to know how these can actually be prevented and even dissolved naturally.
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For a recommendation for natural protection against a heart attack, stroke and unwanted blood clots that is safe with your medications.
If you have already had a heart attack, you will need to take your prescription.
A recent study showed that after people had been hospitalized for a heart attack, angioplasty, bypass procedures or unstable angina, and they took their medications as prescribed, they did much better than those who did not!
We hope that you have been inspired to use foods, before your doctor says, "take this pill for the rest of your life!"
Fortunately you can work with your doctor, who can also make suggestions for lowering cholesterol naturally.
It is your choice -- take a pill or change your diet.
Let us know how you used supplements and foods to lower cholesterol naturally.