The recent news about the American Medical Association’s revised guidelines for administration of statin drugs for people with high cholesterol have outraged many medical workers, patients, and health conscious people. If you are one of the people that are now suggested, under the new guidelines, to take statin drugs you may want to try other options first, namely natural options. This in-depth article by Common Sense Homesteading gives us fifteen ways to reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart attack–naturally.
A few examples include:
- Getting more Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also helps to reduce inflammation. Studies show that LDL cholesterol levels can decrease using ample Vitamin C doses. You can get Vitamin C from peppers, kiwi, papaya, citrus fruits, cauliflower, broccoli and more.
- Eat Oatmeal. If it’s already your staple breakfast food, great. If not, consider making a bowl of warm and toasty oats a part of your daily diet. Oats contain soluble fiber, which lower LDL cholesterol. If you don’t want to alter your breakfast, there are plenty of other ways to work oatmeal into your diet.
- Get a cat. This is my favorite idea and according to some researchers it’s a scientifically backed suggestion. Apparently, cat owners’ risk heart attack was lower by 30% as compared to people who didn’t own cats, in this particular study. There are many theories as to why a cat’s presence may have this effect, such as the cat’s purr. Now, of course, if you are absolutely NOT a cat person, getting a cat will probably not help your situation.
These are just a few of the ways to reduce cholesterol without medication. Read on for many details, studies and ways to take care of yourself naturally.