If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure along with high triglycerides and are also living a stressful life, you are at a greater for heart disease. Your doctor might have already put you on statin type cholesterol lowering medications, but these come with many adverse effects like muscle aches and pains as well as life threatening muscle breakdown. Even non-statin medicines can cause muscle pain. Often, drugs that lower cholesterol do not lower triglycerides. Due to these factors, people must use alternative cures and natural remedies to reduce cholesterol. Here are our top picks in the best remedies for high cholesterol:
1. Apple cider vinegar
As skeptical you may be about organic ACV for cholesterol, it really works. Start taking 2 tablespoons of organic, raw, unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar daily on an empty stomach (diluted with some water). In just three to four week your cholesterol will come down by several points. Make sure you follow this remedy diligently. To make apple cider vinegar easy to swallow, mix it with some V8 juice or grape or orange juice.
2. Eat oatmeal
Oatmeal is a heart healthy food that is rich in fiber. It flushes out bad cholesterol. So start eating oatmeal three to four times a week for breakfast. Also add walnuts and bananas to your oatmeal as bananas are rich in potassium, and they can help lower cholesterol while walnuts are rich in healthy fats and Omega 3s.
3. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is one of the top fat burning superfoods which people often ignore. Lab studies have shown that cayenne pepper lowers cholesterol and prevents it from oxidation. Stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper with your Apple cider vinegar and water/juice and drink it every morning, preferably on an empty stomach. Do this every day.
4. Use good fats in your cooking
Studies have shown that 15 grams of unsaturated heart healthy fats like avocados can reduce LDL and increase HDL. So consuming good fats is the best natural remedy to lower bad cholesterol. You can switch your cooking oil/butter to olive or coconut oils, if you haven’t already. Tests have shown that just by replacing butter with olive oil (which is high in monounsaturated fats) can lower both high cholesterol and triglycerides. Also reduce red meat, cheese, ice creams and yogurt from your diet and only consume these foods in moderation. Eat healthy fats like ghee (clarified butter), walnuts, and fatty fish like salmon. Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are rich in soluble fiber and prevent the cholesterol from getting absorbed in the blood.
5. Avoid white bread
White bread or refined flours quickly cause a spike in blood sugar levels and also increase triglycerides. They also increase blood pressure. Like high cholesterol, triglycerides increase your risk of heart disease.
6. Eat garlic
Of all the top home remedies for cholesterol, garlic is a popular one. Crushed raw or cooked garlic as well as garlic oil supplements may lower cholesterol and also benefit heart health. People with high cholesterol must take at least 2 cloves of garlic daily. The hydrogen sulfide created by garlic reduces gas and bloating and lowers pressure on the heart while improving blood circulation. You can add crushed garlic to your recipes to increase intake.
To keep your heart healthy, you must exercise for at least 45 minutes daily. Choose an activity you love like walking, swimming cycling or dancing.
8. Supplements to lower cholesterol
- Take vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid-at least 300 mg three times a day
- Psyllium husk powder-This is rich in fiber and flushes out cholesterol.
- Guggullipids-These are extracts from the Guggul plant. Take a dose of 25 mg per day.
- Omega 3 fatty acids (flaxseed supplement or fish oil) up to 4000 mg of fish oil daily.
9. Blackstrap molasses
Take a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses daily with your oatmeal. This has helped many people lower cholesterol by several points.
10. Natural Bergamot Juice
Bergamot juice contains natural cholesterol lowering statins. This can reduce cholesterol naturally, but you must ensure you buy preservative free, natural juice only.
11. Carrot juice
Drink 8 ounces of fresh carrot juice every day before meals to instantly lower bad cholesterol.
12. Food grade Diatomaceous Earth
Take a heaping teaspoon of DE powder once a day in water. This can lower cholesterol within a month if taken daily. Buy organic food grade DE powder from animal farm or health food store.
13. Virgin coconut oil
Add a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil to your morning tea or coffee. Also make your smoothies with this fat burning super food.
14. Red Yeast Rice Supplements
Taking 1200 mg of red yeast rice supplements two times a day can reduce cholesterol in 2-3 weeks. Make sure you take COQ10 enzyme tablets with red yeast rice.
Try these 14 remedies to reduce cholesterol naturally.