Please provide ways to lower cholesterol (LDL) through diet and other means (not medication). I must lower this number by 5 points within the next few months. Thank you.
The total cholesterol in your blood is the aggregate of many subtypes of cholesterol, of which LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein) are the 2 major components. Although conventional medicine places heavy emphasis on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, there is no correlation between total cholesterol levels and heart disease. Let me repeat that–there is no correlation between total cholesterol levels and heart or vascular disease, heart attacks or strokes.
Besides that, cholesterol is an important precursor for our natural corticosteroids, testosterone, estrogens, aldosterone (to regulate salt and water in the body); even vitamin D comes from cholesterol. In fact, cholesterol is an excellent anti-oxidant, and offers significant anti-oxidant protection at the cell membrane level. It is the potential for the LDL component of cholesterol to oxidize that gives it its bad name. But, if your other antioxidants are at good levels, there is no concern.
Those points having been made, if you do want to raise your HDL levels and lower your LDL levels, there are safe ways to do that:
1. Red yeast rice
2. Green tea extract
3. Niacin (in the inositol hexaniacinate form). These can be obtained from your local health food stores.