4 Easy Ways to Lower Cholesterol Without Medication - The New Findings

by katiem2

Join the statin drug debate learn why you should not take statin drugs and how to eliminate your threat of heart attack, the leading concern of high cholesterol.

The biggest concern those of us suffering with high LDL cholesterol face is that of a heart attack. High cholesterol has long been thought to be the major contributor to heart disease and attacks. Research findings show cholesterol to be less of a threat if any at all than once believed. The statin drugs given to patients with high cholesterol have such negative side effects it’s now being prescribed less and less. If you have high cholesterol or a loved one who does this is a must read for you.

Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs

The new findings show cholesterol to have positive benefits outweighing the negative. The causes of heart attack no longer include cholesterol unless you have small particle LDL. Do you know your LDL particle size? Odds are you do not. This simple portion of the test can be added the next time you have your cholesterol checked.  Learning the particle size of your LDL cholesterol can save you from costly statin drugs and the many negative side effects.

The Needless Use of Statin Drugs

Recent studies shed light on a new health concern stating women and men should not take statin drugs to treat high cholesterol.

The common practice of prescribing statin drugs to reduce LDL cholesterol is now thought to be a mistake. The many ill side effects are not worth the impact on the health of anyone taking statin drugs unless your LDL particle size is small.

Leading heart specialist no longer claim high cholesterol to be the leading cause of heart attacks and in fact not the culprit at all. It's said to be sugar, stress and inflammation that contribute most and more than high LDL cholesterol.

The Importance of LDL

The new way cardiologist are looking at LDL is changing the way they prescribe medications.

The problem with LDL is the size of the LDL particles in your blood stream. A size particle test can be added to your routine cholesterol check to determine if you’re at risk of heart attack based on your cholesterol. If your LDL particles prove to be large or medium sized they cannot impact your heart health as the large to medium sized LDL particles cannot adhere to or become trapped in the arteries. It is only the fine or small particles that pose a threat as they can become lodged in the nooks and crannies of the vascular system or arteries causing plaque leading to heart attack.  Simply put if your next cholesterol check proves you to have medium to large particle LDL you are not at risk of heart attack that is unless you don’t stuff yourself with refined sugar and stress constantly.

Checking your cholesterol particle size can help you to eliminate statins as the treatment may not be necessary or effective.  Following a diet rich in the foods listed below helps to maintain a healthy heart and cholesterol levels. The more scientists study the impact of cholesterol on the body the more they realize the need for cholesterol in the body to maintain good health.

How Cholesterol is Good for YOU!

Cholesterol has more healthful benefits than bad.

If your particle size is medium to large you need not worry about cholesterol. You should eat healthy cholesterol rich foods such as grain fed beef, sardines, avocado and salmon plus lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

Cholesterol is essential for brain development and health, keeps the body fluid and moving and is essential for healthy physical intimate capabilities.

Ridding the body of all cholesterol is proving to be bad for the overall physical and mental health.


Trans Fats Are Bad

The bad fats to avoid are anything and everything that's a trans fat.

Trans fats have always been bad for human consumption, this holds true still today and will in the future. While most all of us eat something with trans fats in them from time to time it's vital to keep it to a minimal.

Pomegranate Reduces Inflammation

A new health benefit has been added to the list of the pomegranates charm and appeal.

The leading cause of heart disease is inflammation among other things such as heredity, stress and sugar.

The best way to maintain a healthy heart eliminating the risk of heart attack is to reduce stress, eliminate sugar and inflammation.

The most recent studies of inflammation continue to unveil a long list of disease and illness caused from inflammation alone.

The best defense we have is to reduce or eliminate inflammation. Pomegranate fruit is the best weapon to do that.

Pomegranate reduces inflammation tremendously and is an easy all natural solution.

Fiber Lowers Cholesterol

The most obvious cholesterol reducing food is fiber.

The best sources are high fiber foods the ones to eat are oat bran and oatmeal. Yep that means cutting out or down on the white bread rolls, buns, biscuits, bagels and such. Oatmeal is such a power house at reducing cholesterol.  It’s really good to. The magic of oatmeal is the soluble fiber is contains. This soluble fiber reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the “BAD” cholesterol.

The other sources of soluble fiber are; apples, pears, prunes, kidney beans, barley and my personal favorite mung beans. It doesn’t take much fiber to reduce your cholesterol levels. Adding 1 ½ cups of oatmeal or mung bean soup decreases your total LDL.  It works by actually reducing the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

Mung beans are the perfect food to keep you feeling full all the while cleaning your intestines and super charging weight loss. Eat this soup for a 3 day fast and cleanse your body

Omega Fatty Acids or Fish

Omega-3 Fatty acids have proven to be a mega healthy addition to any diet, vegetarians and vegans can do this as well.

Omega acids and fish have gotten so much exposure I won’t bore you with another lecture. But, eating fish is also heart healthy. The consistent levels of omega-3 fatty acids reduce blood pressure plus the risk of blood clots. 

These acids can save your life if you have a heart attack. Taking them on a regular basis can help prevent heart attacks.  To enjoy the benefits of fish oil eat fish at least twice or more a week. It’s easy to add fish, the best kinds of fish to eat are; white albacore tuna, herring, sardines, salmon, halibut, lake trout and mackerel.

One of my favorite ways to get Omega-3 fatty acids is flax seed.  Ground cold pressed organic flax seed is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids and works just as well if not better than fish as it has many other healthy properties. I’m a vegetarian who occasionally eats fish but prefer the ground flax.  I sprinkle a teaspoon on my oatmeal in the morning making my breakfast a double threat. I wrote an article called how can I shrink my stomach explaining how to use flax for healthy weight loss plus other things. I’ll include it just below this paragraph.

While everyone opts for the quick fix, taking supplements I don’t adhere to that. When you eat the fish itself you also get other vital nutrients. Besides a fresh fish filet is bound to have more live nutrition in it than a bottle of pills that have been exposed to who knows what deteriorating the quality. Heat for example

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Nuts Reduce Cholesterol

Nuts are a great source of nutrition that can greatly reduce cholesterol.

Who doesn't love nuts? I eat lots of nuts and love them; the health benefits of nuts are tremendous. They aid in brain health just to name one. The nuts you want to eat to reduce your bad cholesterol are almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. Nuts are loaded with polyunsaturated fatty acids which help to keep blood vessels health and pliable easier to stretch and flex maintaining healthy blood flow.

All you need to do is eat a handful of nuts a day and there you have it. In fact most any nuts help reduce cholesterol.  Don’t eat too many nuts they are fattening. Nuts are considered a replacement food for meat in the vegetarian diet. If you think of nuts in this way you won’t overdo it. 

The Perfect Way to Enjoy Nuts

Having single sized nuts on hand helps prevent over eating which leads to weight gain.

Green Tea Lowers Cholesterol

The magical benefits of green tea are amazing.

While green tea can reduce your risk of cancer it also reduces your bad cholesterol. Studies have proven this green nectar of the Gods to significantly affect cholesterol. You can drink as much as 10 cups a day with nothing but good affects. Green tea does not interfere with the good cholesterol or the HDL. So go ahead enjoy a nice cup of green tea. It is also delicious iced.

I love green tea so very much. I'm a connoisseur of green tea. I won't go off on my bit about green tea but I will say this I strongly believe in drinking only 100% certified organic tea. I've studied tea extensively and can tell you this unless it's organic it has no doubt been sprayed with a pesticide. This is a common practice in countries who provide the world with tea. It's cheaper to do this and thus the reason. None of us need to drink a beverage made from leaves that would easily absorb any chemicals it came in contact with. I've seen with mine own eyes, planes sweep over large fields of tea spraying pesticides to insure a good crop. Stick with organic and avoid the risk. 

Updated: 05/25/2013, katiem2
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Cholesterol Chat

katiem2 on 04/08/2013

Brenda, Good glad you found this, it's very important information, many doctors are still throwing meds at cholesterol when the cure is worse than the original problem and in fact your higher cholesterol might not be the bad kind. . .

BrendaReeves on 04/08/2013

Girl, I am throwing out those statins. My blood glucose has been a little high. There isn't one person in my family with diabetes. None of my ancestors had it. Thank you for posting this.. I watched the Dr. Oz video. I'm going to share it with my friends. I'll post it on FB and Tweet it too.

katiem2 on 02/17/2013

Mira, Thanks for taking in the vital details of this article. Nutrition and Health is a topic I've always enjoyed studying and keeping up with. The human body is amazing what in can endure and over come with the proper care and nutrition. Again so glad you found this article as well. :)K

Mira on 02/17/2013

I'm glad I came back to this page. That video from Dr. Oz Show is great. I have been hearing a lot about the need to reduce inflammation in the body. I'm not completely convinced that A and AB particles in LDL cholesterol are harmless, but I agree that there's too much focus on lowering cholesterol rather than lowering inflammation and, of course, reducing sugar intake. You wrote about all this in your article. Great job!

Brenda on 02/16/2013

I'm going to share this with my parents who need to realize medication is not the end all cure or solution.

katiem2 on 01/13/2013

Burntchestnut, I agree :)

AngelaJohnson on 01/12/2013

I'm all for eating your way to health. The U.S. pharmaceutical companies try to convince us that prescription pills are a way of life.

katiem2 on 01/07/2013

RubyHelenRose, My pleasure good to have you join the cholesterol and statins debate.

kajohu on 01/06/2013

A number of the foods you mention here that help lower cholesterol levels are foods I like anyway. I'm on a pomegranate kick at the moment (because it tastes good), and I like fish, nuts, and green tea. I try to avoid drug medications as much as possible for improving my health. I've luckily always been pretty healthy.

RubyHelenRose on 01/06/2013

Did not know about pomegranate extract, thanks, great article.

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