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High Cholesterol Level Remedies

Last Modified on Mar 15, 2015

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an organic lipid molecule that helps regulate what passes through animal cell membranes and is necessary for the creation of vitamin D, bile, and steroid hormones. Our bodies naturally produce cholesterol (making up about 75% of our blood cholesterol), and we obtain the rest we need through our food (though this lipid is only found in organisms with livers); we need our cholesterol to stay healthy. It's important to know that cholesterol is categorized into two groups: high-density lipoproteins (HDL, popularly called the good cholesterol) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL, popularly called the bad cholesterol).

High cholesterol levels, especially elevated LDL levels, have become a central health concern - though whether or not that particular focus on our health is entirely well-founded is now up for debate. High cholesterol blood levels can leave fatty deposits in your arteries and cause heart disease. Nevertheless, health tips from the Earth Clinic community can help you find ways to lower your cholesterol levels naturally.

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

We have over 50 natural and home remedies that have been submitted and discussed to cure high cholesterol. At the top of the list is apple cider vinegar, followed by red yeast rice, coconut oil, and you can also find low cholesterol diet ideas. We encourage you to share your experience with us, as well as bring forward new home remedies to be shared with the world.

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Apple Cider Vinegar33
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Apple Cider Vinegar   33  2   

Posted by Donna (Pa, US) on 10/08/2014

My LDL is too high. How should I be taking Apple Cider Vinegar to lower it?

Posted by Lady Middleton (Jamaica, Ny) on 06/18/2013

[YEA]  High Cholesterol is hereditary for me. My overrall cholesterol was 272 in Sept 2012. I started drinking ACV in Jan 2013, I did labs in March it went down to 214. All I can say is no more statins for me.

Replied by Donna

How should I take Apple Cider Vinegar for high cholesterol? Should I take it before or after meals? Thank you
Replied by Mama to Many

Dear Donna,

I think a good time to take it is first thing in the morning or between meals.

You might also consider taking cayenne pepper and eating oatmeal a few times a week. Also, eating carrots or drinking carrot juice regularly may be helpful.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mikell
Louisville, Kentucky

Just started taking apple cider vinegar to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, 2 tsps. in 8oz. of water, 3x a day. I am curious about the cayenne pepper, how should it be taken? Thanks!
Replied by Audry

You would stir in a pinch with your ACV and water.
Replied by Mikell
Louisville, Kentucky

So, it should be taken with ACV. I thought that it is an alternative to the ACV and water combo. Thanks a bunch for the reply.
Replied by Lisa
Hb., Ca

I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar in my smoothies, is that a good idea?

Posted by Migs (Leigh-on-sea, Essex, UK) on 06/11/2013

[YEA]  On 25th May 2012, my overall cholesterol reading was 6.9, which is high. I decided to try organic apple cider vinegar to lower it. For the last year I have daily had a tablespoon of high quality organic pure apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a large mug. I drank this once a day, straight after a breakfast of cold porridge, honey and soya milk. Initially it was hard to drink as it was a bit acidic tasting, but now I quite like it. Occasionally I would have it later in the day after a different meal, but it was mainly first thing in the morning.

At end of May 2013, my cholesterol had reduced to 4.1! I was amazed by this. There were no other changes to my lifestyle except sticking to only having any refined sugar (chocolate, sweets, cakes etc) every other day, rather than almost every day. Sometimes in the last year I would go 3/4 days with no refined sugar, but would have natural sugar via fruit. This is also quite a big change, but I am sure it's the vinegar that's the main cause of the massive reduction as I have always had some refined sugar in my diet.


Posted by Migs (Leigh-on-sea, Essex, Uk) on 05/28/2013

[YEA]  On 25th May 2012, my overall cholesterol reading was 6.9, which is high. I decided to try organic apple cider vinegar to lower it. For the last year I have daily had a table spoon of high quality organic pure apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a large mug. I drank this once a day, straight after a breakfast of cold porridge, honey and soya milk. Initially it was hard to drink as it was a bit acidic tasting, but now I quite like it. Occasionally I would have it later in the day after a different meal, but it was mainly first thing in the morning.

At end of May 2013, my cholesterol had reduced to 4.1! I was amazed by this. There were no other changes to my lifestyle except sticking to only having any refined sugar (chocolate, sweets, cakes etc) every other day, rather than almost every day. Sometimes in the last year I would go 3/4 days with no refined sugar, but would have natural sugar via fruit. This is also quite a big change, but I am sure it's the vinegar that's the main cause of the massive reduction as I have always had some refined sugar in my diet.


Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa

Migs: Thanx for posting your success story. I suppose that ACV works in several ways to accomplish this feat of lowering cholesterol. One, it buffers excess acid production (acidosis severely depletes enzymes). Two, stimulation of digestion (especially the bilary). Three, ACV kills Pathogens like Candida. Four, it stimulates metabolism (revs up the krebs cycle).
Replied by Migs
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Uk

Yes, I also feel very fit, not putting weight on stomach at all which is great. Maybe because of faster metabolism.

Posted by Atul (Sterling, Tx) on 02/04/2013

Will the ACV work for men especially for those with high cholesterol where it comes in the genes as for my husband who's on statins and is 43 yrs. old. Can we have the ACV along with the statins?

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca

I have just started reading a book called "The Cholesterol Myth", written by two doctors I saw interviewed on Dr. Oz. I would suggest that before he takes too much of those statin drugs, you read the book. It's pretty eye opening. Good luck to you.
Replied by Wendy

As I live in England our measurements for Cholesterol are different from the States.

However mine are considered on the high side. My doctor though is great and says I don't have to take statins if I'd rather not. My blood pressure and diabetes II is well controlled. He maintains walking and exercise are far more important than getting the Cholesterol down.

Posted by Love-n-life (Philadephia, Pa) on 04/04/2012

[YEA]  I started ACV & Honey for cholesterol on a daily basis on Feb. 20, 2012. At that time, my total cholesterol was 264, drinking the mixture once a day for about a month. I had blood work done on March 24, 2012, my total cholesterol was down to 233... The ONLY change was the mixture, I haven't even started working out, my physician was very impressed and told me while it was still high, it's much better and keep up the good work. I have not mentioned to her about the ACV & Honey (i'll do that later) but in short I just wanted to say this mixture has really worked for me. Best of Luck to everyone....

SIDENOTE: My diet consist of no fried foods, mostly baked, boiled, fruits and veggies... I do have "snacks" on occasion.

Replied by Khurram
Jeddah, Western

Thanks for sharing your remedies with us. Its really help us to reduce the risk of high cholestrol with naturally remdies. Is it possbile for you to tell us please how you where taking the combination of both. Means what was your daily dose.

I'm planning to start it- my cholesterol was 242 I need to control it as soon as possible.

thanks and regards...

Replied by Lovenlife

I normally mix two (2) tablespoons of Raw Organic ACV (the mother of vinegar) & two (2) tablespoons of Organic Honey in an 8oz bottle of water and drink through-out the day on a DAILY basis... This is what helped for me. I really was/am amazed. Hope this helps and please keep me posted.

SIDE-NOTE: don't forget to mark your calendar as to when you started the mix, this has assisted me in monitoring my own progress/outcomes.

Replied by Nancy
Jacksonville, Fl

How much ACV and honey per dose?

Posted by Drini (Anchorage, Alaska) on 12/24/2011

Hi to share my story about high cholesterol like everybody here. My cholesterol is around 250 low HDL high LDL I am very active, moderate diet (almost never overeat), Exercise at least every other day for at least 1 hour non stop. Still my cholesterol is inherited condition. Doctor sugested that I took statin. After about 2 weeks then I started feeling the side effects then called the doctor that sad to stop the medicine. Started checking sites on line then found EC site started reading about how many people have used ACV to lower cholesterol I was amazed. There has to be something good about it. Why the doctors do not prescribe it even if it works for 10-20 or more % of the people with high cholesterol I have no idea. Decided to give ACV a try to see if it will work better. Have altered my diet too. Today is 24 Dec 2011 will report in about 1-2 months. Thanks EC and all members for your info.

Replied by Stavros
Athens, Greece

I face the same problem with high cholesterol and would like to know if you finally saw any results using the Apple Cider Vinegar. Thanks!

Posted by Jimmyx2007 (Bell, , United States) on 05/06/2011

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar pills helped lower my Cholesterol.... Saw results in 6months. I eat normal... including eggs and shrimp....etc.,

Appreciate all the posts here.... Thanks

Replied by Peggy
Santee, California, United States

I have high cholestrol that is hereditary. My mom had heart disease. I'm not overweight and I don't eat processed food or fried foods.... Basically eat very healthy. I'm almost 60 years old and very active. I cannot take the cholestrol medication because I get reactions to the statins. I tried once and very quickly started having problems with the muscles in my legs and immediately quit taking them. I do NOT want to take medications.

I'm loving this website and I want to try using ACV as much as possible. I bought some in pill form and I also bought a jug of the juice. I've just started today taking the pills and as I was drinking a glass of ice tea that had lemon and honey in it I put 1/2 Tbsp of the ACV in it and I really like the flavor combination.

So my big question is........ Do the pills work as good as the liquid?????? Can someone answer and verify that for me?

Posted by Tonyroos (Selden, New York) on 02/13/2011

[YEA]  Ok, here's my story. I'm a 49 yr old male who exercises 3x a week. I'm eat oatmeal for breakfast and turkey on whole wheat for lunch everyday. I eat a normal dinner. And don't eat sweets. I have always had a hard time keeping my cholesterol in check. Guess it's hereditary. I recently had my blood work back in Nov 2010. My numbers were : total cholesterol 226, HDL 156 and LDL 52. My doctor want to put me in a statin because my HDL kep going higher each year.

I searched on the internet for natural ways to lower cholesterol and found that apple cider vinegar was a cure to lower it. I went for my new blood work and told the PA that I was drinking AVC to lower my cholesteral. She gave me a smirk like I was wasting my time trying this.

Just got back my new bloodwork results and here they are: total 186 , HDL 126 and LDL 42. The nurse who read me my results suggested that I still consider statin medication since I will still over the HDL guideline of 100. I told her that I would pass.. So in 4 months my cholesteral dropped significantly. I drink Trader Joe's organic ACV. And I also added Bob Mill's flaxseed to my oatmeal in the morning. My advice is try and fix your "ailments" naturally before you start to take medication prescribe by your doctor who is getting kickbacks from drug companies.

Replied by Pamela
Leicester, N.c.

Totally agree about natural alternatives. V. C. O works from me. Gave up 8 meds and my health is great! ~:>)~~~Cholesterol is not da for you. Read Dr. Mercola's webpage~
Replied by Kathie
Houston, Select State/province

Toneyroos, My Cholesteral is 210 (HDL- 126, LDL- 84). I am 43, thin, smoke, drink but eat healthy and take supplements. My Dr. thought my numbers looked great (not that different from yours). Keep in mind that almost as many people with regular and low cholesteral have heart attacks as do those with high cholesteral. Big pharma has gotten to your Dr.!!!

We need cholesteral to make hormones, including vitamin D, to give our cells structure and protection, help strengthen our immune system and to make bile that helps us break down fats.

Your LDL is low, that is what most Dr.s would worry about, not having a high HDL. We want a high HDL. If you are still concerned about your numbers, please do not take a statin, it restricts circulation of oxygen to your heart, cause muscle weakness and spasms. It can cause eye problems, and general loss of quality of health. Consider taking more fiber in your diet. This will absorb the cholesteral in your bile and prevent it from being reabsorbed back into your body via the intestinal wall. Consider niacin flushes (start with a very low dose to get used the the feeling of turning red and tingely! ).

There is so much good information here on this site, you will do so much better for your body by taking the natural route instead of listening to your Dr. on this one. I am blessed I have a great Dr. She spends up to an hour with me on most visits, and treats my whole person, not just the symptoms!

Replied by Debbie
Houston, Tx

Can you tell me who your doctor is in Houston? I need one who cares about the whole person and who doesn't jump at the chance to put me on meds!

Thank you.

Replied by Cory
Subang, Selangor,malaysia

[YEA]   Try AJWA DATES. You will be surprised. I have stent in my heart 10 months ago. Tried many ways to lower my cholesterol such as oat, fish, mushroom, greentea, etc. Anyhow, AJWA DATES worked the best.
Replied by Albert
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Quick question, how much and how did you have the ACV?

Thanks, Albert

Replied by Rita
Navarre, Ohio

My Dr. told me if you take 1 baby aspirin before taking niacin there will be no flushing and it works great.
Replied by Rhondalouise
Des Moines, Iowa

Doctors get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies? My husband is a doctor. The only things he gets -- on occasion -- are samples, which help patients without insurance.

On another note, I am anxious to try the vinegar regimen! Thank you for the information.

Replied by
Holden, Mo

I work in a Dr.'s office and Pharmaceutical companies also give very nice catered meals to Dr's and staff. (besides just samples.) But I do love this site and look through it often!

Posted by Sathiananthen (Singapore) on 02/14/2010

[YEA]  I have been taking ACV for almost some time now. Reason high cholesterol and so on. My reading taken on the 23/10/09
Cholesterol 7.73, Trigleycerides 1.33, HDL-C 0.94, LDL-C 6.19 and Chol: HDL Ratio 8.22 all in mmol/L measurment. I went on an offensive method thats ACV 2 cap full, Lemon 2 teaspoon and 1 teaspoon of honey with pipping hot water drinking slowly.

Current result taken on 07/01/2010
Cholesterol 4.63, Trigleycerides 1.55, HDL-C 1.05, LDL-C 2.88 and Chol: HDL Ratio 4.41 all in mmol/L. For me it works well but in term of loosing weight I don't see much. I introduced ACV to my Manager who has the same problem and never once see his result pass from the test. After my advise and taken for 3 or 4 weeks on daily basics last week result out shine my report.

Those with high cholesterol please try but please check with your doctors advise. I tried after reading from the net on the benefits. One important thing I was on medication too for cholesterol (Lovastatin). My managers report was the thing which confirm of ACV coz he never see a better result in all his testing.

Thanks, Sathia

Posted by Alan (Oldham, Lancashire) on 06/28/2009

Having read a vinegar book i was later diagnosed with both boarder line diabetes and high cholestrol remembering the recipe i tried to reduce my cholestrol problem by use of ACV

the recipe is as follows:

2 cups of black grape juice
1 cup Apple Juice
1/2 cup ACV

mix, chill and drink 1/2 to 1 cup before your largest meal every day.

best to use concordia grapes they have the best tanin level. a good apple juice not consentrate gives fibre and the ACV. (dont use shop bought ACV for salads). unable to find a good local supplier i used ACV from a equine supplier fit for human consumption
my benifits are reduced weight, more energy, reduced lathergy and finding i also dont have 3AM hot sweats no more, just waiting for a blood test results for my cholestrol fingers crossed. Hopeful male

Replied by Alan
Oldham, Lancashire

[YEA]   Update to previous publication: Apple Cider vinager, Recent blood test results back have shown excellent results (doctors words) previously 10.8 now 4.2 triglycerides, previously 6.2 cholestrol now 5, also lost 1 stone of weight but must start doing execise (not). A slight modification on the recipe i dont have the apple, i have increased the purple grape slightly with the cider vinager because what was not explained to me is i have boarderline diabetes and cholestrol taking the apple may increase my sugar level also since my blood test i have lost a futher 1lb in weight, over 5 months anyone trying these recipes good luck
Replied by Alan
Oldham, Lancashire

[NAY]   What a disappointment after using Apple cider vinager for sometime now I have just been re-assessed with my doctor and the conclusion is that I have now got Accute pancreitis this seems to be my main trouble so now I am on a high quantity of flax oil two desert spoons and two high fish oil tablets, for the moment I have given up the ACV. I am due to go back to the doctors for another blood test if this shows that my AP problem has not reduced I will accept Statins and a high fish oil content capsules

I must stress the AP problem is not related to drink

Replied by Shih Tzu Momma
Gibsonburg, Ohio

Acute Pancreatitis is caused by high levels of Triglycerides which is what I am in danger of getting. It appears the ACV remedy does not work for this and I have yet to find a natural remedy. Statins have already sent me to the hospital so I refuse to take them. Has anyone else had this issue and found a natural remedy?
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Shih Tzu,

Concerning "Acute pancreatitis"

From my reading and experience there are two causes of Pancreatitis.

The veterinarians observe something in the animal world that is called "Triadism" which is a problem that manifests when a problem develops with the gall bladder and then runs to the pancreas and then effects the liver. The three (hence "triad") adversely effect each other in sequence. I don't know which organ it usually first malfunctions.

Another form of cause for Pancreatitis is a viral or bacterial infection. For that if I had Pancreatitis I'd at least try Colloidal Silver which I've had great success with in quickly knocking out infections. I'd drink a lot for three days. Five tablespoons three times a day for three days and see if there was some relief. If so I'd continue for another week at lowered amounts.

Concerning "Triadism"...if that is the cause, then you'd have multiple organs involved, but even then I'm not so sure I wouldn't at least eliminate the issue of infection as a base line treatment. At least that's what I'd consider trying.

CS can be obtained at a health food store; and not all CS brands are the same. I'd consider buying two brands to make better my odds at getting one that had sufficient quality to kill the infection. I make my own so I know what works from years of experience.

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 02/06/2009

my sister was told by her doctor recently that she has high cholesterol. she asked him about using ACV for this and the doctor started laughing. now this really bothers me. obviously he has not done any research on this. if he had he would have told her that some people find it helps - even if he didn't believe in it himself.

this is a very bad thing; now my sister is not sure she should take it and she is now lipitor or something else for her cholesterol - and she is only 28. i can't believe that doctors don't do research. this is the same sister that has had many immune system problems and even had the lymph nodes under her arms removed. it seems to me that the doctors would be looking for less toxic aproaches to treating things like this but suprisingly her doctor is not.....

Replied by Wendy
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

[YEA]   Apple Cider Vinegar: I have for many years (20 or so) taken daily 1tbs 3 times daily of the following home remedy. I do not get sick (sinuses once in a while) but almost never a cold. it helps with my arthritus, my hdl and ldl are good. and it help keep my blood sugar numbers down. a chiro gave it to me.
take one head garlic, chopped
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup bottled water

- soak over night ( plastic container)
- in the a.m. add 1 cup bottled water
- take 1 tbs 3 times a day (i usually follow it with 6 oz of juice)

i swear by it.

EC: Thank you for the new recipe! Cross-posted to the apple cider vinegar recipes page.

Replied by K.Lynn
Mt. Healthy, Ohio

I just read your post for acv+h20+garlic. Is there any reason I could'nt use a glass(ball) jar to soak overnight? thank you.
Replied by Dena
Yonkers, New York

I am commenting on this message regarding ACV along with the garlic and water. I am on medication for type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure medication. I know that all of these medications can and will play havoc with your body. I am definately going to try this and hopefully it will take me off all meds. Thank you for this advise.
Replied by Myra
Syerling Heights, Mi, Usa

When you refer to garlic should the entire bulb be used or a piece of the bulb ?

Posted by Michele (Lake Stevens, WA) on 10/24/2008

[YEA]  I read this book about Vermont Folk medicine and it talked about drinking ACV, honey and water and how it pretty much helps with everything. So I figured I would give it a shot, cuz it can't hurt. And now I mix a pitcher of it and me and the kids drink it. I just had my cholesterol checked and it lowered 30 points in a year. I wasn't even worried about my cholesterol. We refer to the mixture as honey drink and it makes a difference for me feeling hot and cold, having energy, rarely getting sick. I am totally sold and now buy honey and ACV in bulk. And I recommend it to everyone.

Replied by Lucille
Roseville, Michigan

I was wondering exactly how much ACV, honey and water was use to make the pitcher.
Replied by Brrr1106
Grand Forks, Nd

Wondering if those who have experienced such luck with taking ACV for cholestrol have also made dietary and exercise changes as well. If so, please let us know this as they factor into the success. It would be good to know what the total program is so one can gauge the success.
Replied by Dean
Kennesaw, Ga

I have been on cholesteral meds for the past yrs and I am done! I'm going in for blood work next week..while still on the meds...after that, going to stick with the ACV for 3-6 months then test again... Also I have stopped taking acid reflux over the counter drugs and using ACV - will be back in 30 days to give the acid relux update.
Replied by Sue
Perth, Western Australia

For those of you worried about your cholesterol, type cholesterol myths into your search engine, and prepare to be surprised.

Posted by Charles (Philadelphia, PA) on 06/13/2008

[YEA]  ACV is a miracle remedy!! Eight weeks ago i was rushed to the hospital for chest pains and my blood pressure was up due to the anxiety created from the chest pains. After 2 days of testing in the hospital it was concluded that my cholesterol was borderline high. My Total Cholesterol was 239. I was told to take aspirin and given a prescription for some other popular medication, neither of which i took. I came across your site doing some research on natural remedies and now I am truly amazed at how ACV has working for me in only 7 weeks. My cholesterol came down from 239 to 175. I started taking 2Tbs mixed with either cranberry or grape juice in the morning and the same at night. The juice helps with the bitter taste of the Vinegar. I have had very little change in my diet, except for the fact that i no longer eat eggs! I have, however increased my activity to working out at least 3x's week. I am going to carefully watch my cholesterol and continue to drink the ACV and go back to my doctor in 2 months for another test.

Replied by Pam
Las Vegas, NV

apple cider vinager is great but so are eggs... boiled they are simply ovals of pure protein. my cardiologist suggested eating them and cutting the carbs/ such as no potatoes only two slices of bread a day etc. kind of like the adkins less the bacon :)
Replied by Andoy
Boise, Id

Edgar Cayce said egg yolks should be eaten only when soft-boiled everyday- very nutritious for all- babies, kids and adults. Boil eggs in cool water and its done when water starts boiling.

Hard boiled gives you cholesterol.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

I am sorry but there is good evidence nowadays that eggs have nothing to do with cholesterol! Also the liver makes much more cholesterol than what you could ever eat so if you eat a bit more the liver will make less! I have no idea who Edgar Cayce is but I don't think that he is right!
Replied by Rani
Lautoka, Fiji

Pls let me know how much of the grape juice should I add to the 2 tablespoon of ACV. Thanks

Posted by Julie (Akron, Ohio) on 05/18/2008

[YEA]  My cholestrol has been high my entire adult life. I come from it naturally in a family that has the same problem. I have been put on just about every medicine that has come out without success. I have tried garlic and a low fat diet but have had no success with that either. I came across this page while researching migrane remedies and thought that I would give it a try. I started taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water once a day about a year ago. My cholestrol has always measured around the 254 mark and my triglycrides had always been well over 300. This past January my blood draw came back with very surprising results. My cholestrol was 162 and triglycrides were 163. I made the nurse calling me double check the name on the report. I have continued this therapy hoping that it wasn't a fluke. I will know in August when I have my next blood draw. I'm hoping for even better results. I also was able to stay 100% healthy this past year. With so much illness in a very close office setting I was able to not use one sick day while most of my co-workers were off at least one day if not more. It has not produced any weight loss benefits but I'm only 140 lbs to start with so I'm not so concerned with that as I was with the cholestrol results. I have passed this on to some friends that are suffering from the same thing. I'm waiting to hear their results.

Replied by Carol
Pueblo, Colorado

Resonse to Julie in Ohio looking for migraine headache relief.... This works almost immediately.....find nat.mur 30x and belladonna30x at health food store in homeopathic (about $4.00 each) take 5 each under tongue... works right away. Then find a traditional chinese medicine practioner licenced to help you resolve the underlying cause, if you want to. Recommend

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