QUESTION: What is a safe and natural way to lower one’s cholesterol that is also affordable?  I have been finding companies who claim that their product will lower cholesterol but then the price is unaffordable.  My husband’s grandfather died at 48 of a heart attack and his father died at 67 after having had by-pass surgery.  My husband is on 2 medications now to lower his cholesterol (one of them is Zocar).  He now has to have blood work to make sure his liver isn’t damaged.  I am very concerned about this last medication.

The marketing department of Zocor and others has very effectively
given us the idea that elevated cholesterol a disease for which we
should seek treatment.  The research doesn’t bear that out.  In fact,
even the landmark “Framingham Heart Study” only showed a 36%
correlation of cholesterol and heart disease — and that came only
after they were hand-picked.

The reality is that only a tiny proportion of those currently taking
medications for cholesterol actually need it.  High cholesterol is a
symptom, not a disease.  If your cholesterol is elevated, especially
with a family history such as that noted above, the concern would be
vascular disease.  In order to avoid the fate of your ancestors most
people in America could immediately look to their lifestyle.

A high fiber (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, etc.) and low
fat diet has been proven in multiple studies to lower cholesterol and
reverse heart disease.  Regular exercise also plays an important part
in preventing vascular disease.

As far as taking pills, they are rarely necessary.  Garlic helps, the
best way is to eat one raw clove per day chopped or crushed into your
food.  The soluble fiber in fruits and vegetables saves you from
having to take a pill.  For those rare cases when lifestyle changes
aren’t sufficient Red Yeast Rice extract works well.

Dr. S

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