High Cholesterol
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Natural Remedies for High Cholesterol

| Modified on Apr 20, 2023
High Cholesterol Readings
Posted by famcoll (Nashville, TN) on 01/01/2023
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It's important to assess a determination of "high cholesterol" before you decide to do something about it. Look at the lipid panel yourself and check to make sure your HDL (good cholesterol) isn't so high that it is throwing off the total cholesterol numbers. Many years ago, the doctor told me that my total cholesterol would always look high because my HDL is so very high. That has proven over and over again to be the case. If you want to use your lipid panel to check for your risk of heart disease due to high cholesterol, enter your numbers, age, etc, at this Univ. of Wisconsin website


Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 11/20/2022
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It's been 10 months since my report on my husband's success with a plant-based diet for his high cholesterol.

Since then, he has introduced a more regular use of chicken and turkey (mostly added to curries! ), an egg here and there, and fish (salmon) a couple of times a month. He drinks a glass of wine with dinner once in a while and has an occasional beer. He is still gluten free and sugar free and eats no dairy or red meat or pork. I would call it a plant-based diet still, but we were not sure what the changes would do to his cholesterol. He still consumes oatmeal and raw carrots most days.

He had bloodwork done last week. His cholesterol is down to 114! HDL is still 65. Doctor was thrilled. His blood pressure is even a bit lower, and he got the go ahead to try going without medication for a while and see what happens.

His decades of ibs-d symptoms are also pretty much gone. I believe dairy was the problem all along.

I also had bloodwork done and my cholesterol is 110. HDL 48. I eat pretty much the same as my husband, minus the beer and wine and carrots. (I don't like beer, wine gives me a headache, and carrots are hard on my jaw.)

Any special diet is easier to do with someone else! When we go to pot lucks I often bring a Massaman Curry and rice, our favorite, and now a favorite of some of our friends.

Happy early Thanksgiving, you all!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Marion (NY) on 11/09/2022
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ACV is really a wonderful NATURAL solution to many health problems.

Happy you found it worked for you. I use B----'s Organic ACV with the “mother.” I luv the taste. Dilute it w water and lemon and drink one TBP in the am half hour before I eat. It really helps. Best of health always.

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Art (California) on 10/29/2022 1658 posts

Alan M.,

I forgot to answer your question about what to take for the muscle pain. CoQ10 has been shown to alleviate the muscle pain :


Here is what they concluded :

' CoQ10 supplementation ameliorated statin‐associated muscle symptoms, implying that CoQ10 supplementation may be a complementary approach to manage statin‐induced myopathy. '

It may be more beneficial to use CoQ10 in a soft gel form for best absorption.


Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Art (California) on 10/29/2022 1658 posts

Alan M.,

Red yeast rice has the active component Monacolin K which is chemically identical to the active ingredient in the statin drug Lovastatin :

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/red-yeast-rice#:~:text=Some red yeast rice products contain substances called monacolins, which, the category known as statins.

Here is a relevant quote :

' Red yeast rice products may not be safe; some may have the same side effects as certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, and some may contain a potentially harmful contaminant. '

Lovastatin is known to cause muscle pain and muscle damage :


Here is a quote from the article :

' Serious muscle damage warning: Using lovastatin raises your risk of serious muscle problems. These problems include myopathy, with symptoms that include muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Myopathy can lead to rhabdomyolysis. With this condition, muscle breaks down and can cause kidney damage and even death. If you have unexplained muscle pain or weakness, stop taking lovastatin right away and call your doctor. '

Another option might be lecithin granules at two tablespoons / day. It can be thrown in a small glass of water without mixing and just drink it down or it can be sprinkled on foods, desserts or added to smoothies.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065734/#:~:text=Lecithin is capable of reducing, nervous system and brain activities.

Here is a relevant study quote :

' One-two months before the treatment beginning, blood samples were collected for total lipids and cholesterol fractions analysis. The results showed a reduction of 40.66% and 42.00% in total cholesterol and of 42.05% and 56.15% in LDL cholesterol after treatment for one and two months, respectively. A significant reduction in total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol concentrations was observed during the first month of treatment, suggesting that the administration of soy lecithin daily may be used as a supplemental treatment in hypercholesterolemia. '


Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Alan M. (Atlanta, Ga.) on 10/29/2022
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Red yeast rice antidote needed

Have always had good numbers on almost all health related things. Played 4 sports and when I couldn't anymore due to an injury, I took up walking some years ago. Now at 69, still walking 4-5 miles every day, I find myself with high cholesterol and triglycerides. Most of that is genetic, but I didn't expect it as I thought I could get around it by walking.

Tried red yeast rice about 2 weeks ago and developed extreme pain in my left thigh. Of course I have stopped taking it, but in the meantime I am almost unable to sleep because of the pain, going on about 5 days now.

Once I get moving the pain fades into the background and it seems to occur when I am laying down. I guess I'll go back to ACV which fixed my acid reflux a few years ago. Does anyone have an antidote to Red Yeast Rice?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Latte (Oregon ) on 08/19/2022
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My cholesterol skyrocketed over span of two years. My OBGYN thought it might be because I went off my hormones and put me on low dose plant based hormones Anyhow, the MD told me to get on statins and my ND told me not worry about it because it could just be family genetics. I researched and read Cholesterol Down and simply followed the steps and my cholesterol is back to the low side of the normal range.

1: Eat oatmeal daily I get gluten-free oats.
2: Cut back on eating nuts, eat it in moderation
3: Take Psyllium Fiber or buy them in capsules
4: Eat flaxseeds I sprinkle some on my oats, it's really softened my skin

5: Eat beans
6: Eat apples
7: Take Plant Sterols with your largest meal of the day I take Cholestoff Plus which has been clinically proven to lower cholesterol.
8. Add garlic to your food
10: Exercise we take a quick 30 minute walk daily

Wishing everyone good health.

Posted by Bet (NJ, USA) on 08/16/2022

That sounds awesome! How did you take it? Spread out through the day? With and without food? What are the initials of the brand you use? I've taken it before but didn't have your results. Probably didn't take large enough dosage, or perhaps not a good brand.

Thank you so much for sharing Brooklyn Baby

Posted by Brooklyn Baby (Brooklyn NY) on 08/15/2022 9 posts
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Serrapeptase brought down my cholesterol 200 points.

I'd never heard of Serrapeptase before however, when I was researching Earth Clinic for remedies on Inflammation for Nasal Polyps I stumbled upon this gem. I purchased the Serrapeptase that was Enteric coated to survive acidic stomach conditions. I started out by taking one 80,000 capsule and slowly increased it. I am now up to 6 capsules a day which is where I think that I will stay. I started taking Serrapeptase less then a year ago and 2 weeks ago when I went for my annual physical my cholesterol levels had come down 200 points. No side effects for me whatsoever. It cleared up my sinuses and eradicated the acid reflex that I've had for the last 20 years. I know that it sounds like it's too good to be true but in this case it is definitely good as well as being absolutely true.

Lecithin, D-Limonene
Posted by Yvonne (PA) on 04/26/2022
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I followed Ted's high cholesterol protocol (https://ted.earthclinic.com/cures/cholesterol2.html) of granulated lecithin, 1 teaspoon twice a day, mixed with lemon oil (or d-limonene) 10 drops twice a day too, as well as 1 teaspoon of glycine twice a day, green tea extract 1/8 teaspoon twice a day, and lysine 1/4 teaspoon twice a day to reduce triglycerides. I did not do borax in water 1/8 teaspoon to reduce triglycerides.

I also made oatmeal porridge with soy milk.

I got tested two months after I began the regimen and my total cholesterol decreased from 249 to 208. Triglycerides reduced from 57 to 48. (My HDL went from 106 to 81; LDL, from 134 to 118).

This is amazing! I have always had elevated cholesterol but this is the lowest it has ever been. I am ever so grateful for Ted's protocol.

Posted by Susie (Queensland) on 04/10/2022

In what form do you take the Fenugreek, how much and how often etc please to lower your cholesterol.

Brazil Nuts
Posted by Edna (Memphis ) on 03/27/2022

Hi, How long did it take to get those results?

Daily Water Salad
Posted by Science (Cyprus) on 03/22/2022 22 posts
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Treats Cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood pressure, Fatty Liver

Daily Water Salad


I created this curement on my own. This has amazing results. I use this daily salad for at least 12 years, usually 5 to 6 times per week, one time a day (every midday or in the morning). It my keeps all my analysis of Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood pressure, cleaned fatty liver, all in normal levels.

Speak with your doctor before using this curement. Use this curement completely on your own responsibility (earthclinic or me, have no responsibility), since this is given as a suggestion.

It works directly for lowering Cholesterol, lowering Triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, cleaning fatty liver.


1 garlic clove (2 grams about)

2-3 grams of onion

4-5 grams of celery

4-5 grams of parsley

4-5 grams of lettuce

Put this in a blender with water. Drink this juice, within 7 minutes, after you get the juice out of the blender (Do not let the juice more than 7 minutes in the glass, without drinking it, since it will weaken its power). Add some extra water after making the juice. You can use the juice in one or two glasses of water (Use two glasses of water in case the taste is difficult for you). It has rather difficult taste, but the results really worth it.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pay It Forward (PNW) on 02/19/2022

Personal experience... tablets are not as effective. Processed loses the goodness and quality. Same goes for food, big time. ACV needs to have the 'mother' like Braggs brand has. You can even make it easily & inexpensively with your own apples. Lots of vids on how to. If you need a little help adjusting to the flavor add it to hot water and add stevia to sweeten (not sugar), and some nice Ceylon cinnamon and it's like a hot apple cider drink. Very pleasant.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Beatriz D. (California) on 02/19/2022

Hello Carla! What time of the day do you take the ACV? and do you do it after a meal or before? Thank you!

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Anamo Also (Tn) on 01/29/2022

Mama to Many,

I would add Vitamin K2 to his regimen. It was researched a few years ago.. it is the mineral mover of the body...Moving excess minerals from arteries and into the bones. Study showed...To get enough one would need to eat 30# of broccoli per day. It is sometimes packaged with D. Less than 10$ for 3 months supply..

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Cfitz (Georgia) on 01/29/2022

Super! Happy for both of you!

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 01/23/2022

BRAVO!!!! Lucky you!!

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 01/22/2022
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I am happy to report that 6 months on a plant-based diet has done wonders for my husband's cholesterol.

In July, my husband's doctor was concerned because his cholesterol (specifically, the "bad cholesterol") was elevated AND his calcium cardiac test revealed significant blockages in all of the main arteries in his heart. My husband has a bad heart history in his family.

His doctor said, "I can write you a prescription for statins or you can go vegan, gluten free, sugar free." The doctor said that would be the diet that could potentially reduce the plaque in his arteries.

So, my meat and potatoes husband went gf, sf, vegan. (He didn't have to give up potatoes! ) This is about how I eat anyway, due to Alpha Gal Syndrome. It was more motivating to make interesting meals for more than just myself.

Anyway, labs this week were the proof in the pudding!

In six months, his total cholesterol went from 182 to 122!

In six months, his LDL went from 121 to 65!

I am very proud of him.

We did not repeat the calcium cardiac score yet due to the significant amount of radiation exposure with that, but these numbers plus the other health benefits are motivating him to stay on this diet.

Some other things to note, which may have helped to improve his numbers -

He eats oatmeal every day for breakfast. Oatmeal is supposed to be good for cholesterol.

He eats raw baby carrots with guacamole or hummus with his lunch 5 days a week. Carrots are supposed to be good for cholesterol.

He uses a monkfruit sweetener in his coffee. He also uses oatmilk as a cream alternative.

My primary oil to use is olive oil. We also use some plant butter.

I make so many lentil recipes, his potassium is actually a tad elevated. (Lentils are a good source of potassium! )

I have made many, many recipes from a food blog - minimalist baker. They have been a lifesaver - fast recipes with not a ton of ingredients - and delicious. She even has a df, gf biscuit recipe that is amazing.

My husband's blood pressure is doing much better on this diet and he has been able to cut his blood pressure med in half and still has better readings than he did 6 months ago on the full dose! He may be able to get off this med completely.

He does eat fish and chicken and bread once in a while, mostly when we go out and he does partake in celebratory meals like weddings and holidays - he just tries to be moderate with portion sizes.

Oh, and he lost 50 pounds total without any effort beyond the effort of staying on the diet!

I am thankful for his perseverance. I want him to be around a long time. :)

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anthony (NYC) on 11/20/2021

Hi Diane,

Any luck with working on your gallbladder and liver issues? From reading your condition I feel I'm in the same boat. Just don't know where to start. Anthony

Brazil Nuts
Posted by mark (berlin) on 11/13/2021

Hi, Did you change your diet as well and or introduced exercise in addition to the brazil nuts? Thank you

Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 11/05/2021

BETTY, ORH here and cholesterol is not a deal. Your brain is almost all cholesterol. You need it to survive. When it gets out of hand you have a problem. Too complicated to explain, so my suggestion to you is to read. Google is the devil, but it will get you the knowledge you need.


Posted by Betty (CA) on 11/05/2021

Hi ORH, Lord knows I am trying :) Just relating what I am doing. What do you suggest if you will share your knowlege?

Posted by ORH (TEN MILE , TN) on 11/04/2021

BETTY, ORH here and I love you, but you do not understand niacin. There are many forms. Niacianamide will take care of Alzheimer's and flushing niacin will take care of your heart. Most of EC's posts are good, but some will cause you grief. I am a Redneck, which means that I am an opinionated person. All know this after 20 + years of my postings.

Betty, your problem is that you are half smart like me and need to read more. ===ORH===

Posted by Betty (CA) on 11/03/2021

My doc has me on niacinamide 1000mg in am, then 3 250mg doses separated thru out the day. It lowers cholesterol and is a liver/body detox. Flushing happens but not all the time anymore. Research Dr. Hoffer, he wrote some very informative papers on niacin and vit C.

Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 11/03/2021

DONNA,,,,,,,, ORH here and good advice. Md's prescribe flushing Niacin Rx and that is 500 mg, far too high to start. So people forget that program. To get 100mg, you must get a supplement. Increase dosage as you stop flushing. The 9-11 first responders ended up taking thousands of mg and in a sauna to get rid of their toxins. Their towels were dark from what was excreted during the flush. Tom Cruise installed and paid for that protocol because the medical folks had no clue.

Gene DeCode has a detox for the jab that will soon be on his new site..... blessed for service.org. One brilliant man. ====ORH====

Posted by Donna (Florida) on 11/02/2021

Go slowly. Start with 100 mg a day and then work up. High dose too quickly can make you faint but isn't dangerous, just uncomfortable.

Vitamin D
Posted by EB (England) on 10/20/2021

If you juice a bunch of celery every morning and drink it you will lower your cholesterol. I did it for 3 weeks between appointments and it brought it way down.

Vitamin D
Posted by Jen (TF, ID) on 10/20/2021

Does this really work? Is that too much vitamin D? I gotta get my cholesterol down. It's been high for years. Doctor put me on a statin and they aren't good. Looking for something natural.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Nina (AR) on 09/13/2021

Does using HP help reduce high cholesterol, if yes. How do you use and what %. Thank you

Posted by luma (hawaii) on 08/31/2021

Imagine what it could be without the added saturated fat in the butter! Being biological herbavores humans make plenty of cholesterol in our own livers, unlike omnivores. just like humans and other herbivores can't make our own vitamins c but omnivore animals can. Cholesterol comes from animal products and causes heart disease in herbivores. omnivores animals can eat a pure meat diet and will have no heart disease.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 08/17/2021

You might glean from this teaching on cholesterol:

Dr. Berg's Wife Has Crazy High Cholesterol of 261.. - YouTube

Dietary Changes
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/16/2021 192 posts

Insulin resistance is taking place long before (years even) High Blood sugar is detected. See Dr. Benjamin Bikman books and videos on Youtube. Also, Keto is a wonderful way to eat, so lots of videos on that by Dr. Berg, and MANY studies. Also, Dr. Pradip Jamnadas, MD videos on Youtube.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/15/2021 192 posts

Why don't I read anything at all about changing our diets? I'm finding amazing results with my blood sugar levels (I have type 2 Diabetes) and last hba1c was 6.2. I eat a Keto diet, high fats, low carbs (below 50) and proteins.

Now I'm changing my dairy intake to pretty much zero because my cholesterol shot up to 389. I've read many times it is most important to divide your Triglyceride # by your HDL #. I've also read and heard that people that are living longer have high cholesterol numbers, and those that die earlier have low LDL numbers (low total cholesterol numbers).

I'm nervous about information being true, or untrue, so I am going for lowering my intake of dairy products. I have to tell you though, long (back to my 20s and I'm 68 now) I did not do dairy! I just didn't care for any dairy products! But I'm going to try anyway. I eat mostly lean meats but add some olive oil, lots of veggies, low amounts of carbs and only safe carbs (so I've read) like berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and I gotta have a few blueberries).

I can't remember why but I was scared off from Lecithin when I used it for a couple of weeks. I first ordered the wrong thing, then bought what was supposedly the right thing but something was going on that made me think it was the lecithin. I know I need to keep better track of these things. Input welcome, I just think we should talk more about our basic diets before piling on the ACV, Lecithin, or any other fix.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/15/2021 192 posts

Wondering if you are still around, Blane?? I have found more and more info, but didn't look up your suggestions, but am now doing just that. Thank you, because I've been listening to Dr. Benjamin Bikman, Dr. Eric Berg, some of the Diet Doctor, and trying hard to read Lipid Lunacy. It's too technical for me I'm afraid but headed out to read your suggestions now as well. I'm becoming a believer in high, total cholesterol isn't the enemy, but rather the Triglyceride/HDL ratio. I admit I am lowering my dairy intake to see if I can "feel" safer with my numbers in the lipid profile I just got, but my Triglyceride/hdl ratio is excellent!

I'm just up for reading more studies that have been coming out for some time on this topic, and I haven't put my faith in conventional medicine for some time ;) Feedback from anyone is welcome as I remain open-minded, and, I do understand that if ACV works for you, don't "fix" it ;) I had to change my way of eating because of Type 2 Diabetes, and the fact that I have a 3rd degree AV Node block and am on my 3rd Pacemaker since 1997.

Posted by Richard (TN) on 07/23/2021

198 cholesterol is really not high because the desired range is under 200 but I do watch the HDL/LDL. And also watch the intake of transfat, sugar and junk foods in fast foods, pastries, soda pops etc.

Good luck with your health.

Posted by Teresa (Ohio) on 07/23/2021

I totally agree with the Red Yeast Rice and Coq10 for lowering cholesterol.

Posted by Tom (Los Angelez) on 07/23/2021

Hi, Good to know about oats and sharing all these details.I was wondering did he add any kind of milk in the oatmeal?

BTW fish oil and COQ10 alone does not lower cholesterol. You need to Red Yeast Rice along with it.
Give it a try.

Thank you,

Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 07/20/2021
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In 2019 our family doctor was concerned about my husband's cholesterol. He is not quick to recommend statins and suggested he try fish oil and COQ10.

My husband was very faithful in taking these supplements for a year. He made no other changes to diet, supplements, exercise, etc.

A year later (January 2020) his cholesterol was higher and his LDL was worse! Hmmphh.

So we dropped those supplements. No use taking them or wasting money on them anymore.

I suggested oatmeal. Like, oatmeal for breakfast EVERY day. I eat a lot of oatmeal and my cholesterol has always been on the lower side. And some studies seem to show that oat lowers cholesterol. He was game.

So every morning for the last six months, (at least 13 out of 14 mornings), he and I have had a bowl of oatmeal together. He made no other dietary changes or changes in exercise or supplements.

Sometimes I make steel cut oats in the instant pot with dried cranberries and coconut flakes. Sometimes I made quick oats on the stovetop and add fresh fruit like oatmeal or peaches. I add a little salt and maple syrup. I put a little butter in his and a little plant butter in mine.

Six months and about 175 bowls of oatmeal later, he had labs done again.

His total cholesterol dropped from 198 to 182. (An 8% drop! )

His LDL went from 140 to 121. (Still higher than desired but a 13% drop! )

His LDL/HDL ratio is back in the "normal" range.

We will continue our breakfast for oatmeal routine. Perhaps over time there will be more improvement. I will let you know!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Ampy (Destin, FL) on 06/14/2021

I would love to know what is the Niacin brand that you take please and also do you just take one tablet at night time with food?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (Manahawkin, NJ) on 05/07/2021

Do you think the ACV tablets will work as well?

Apple Pectin, Green Tea
Posted by Ria (Nevada) on 04/03/2021
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Apple Pectin For Cholesterol Reduction, Green Tea For Triglycerides

My cholesterol was around 263 when my specialist freaked out about it.

I did research and read about apple pectin, which is a soluble fiber.

I took one capsule of 750 mg for four to six months on an empty stomach in the afternoons with a large glass of water.

Six months later, my cholesterol was down significantly, and my doctor was rather surprised. The only reason I didn't take more was that my stomach is delicate and I've had problems with other supplements before.

Now I'm down to 224 and my new doctor freaked out about it. I went back to apple pectin again, and we're re-testing in six months.

My triglycerides were consistently in the high 100s and I heard at a health seminar that green tea reduces them.

I started to drink 2 cups of green tea decaf most days (can't do caffeine) and the last two times my triglycerides were 84 and 85.

They have never been so low. Keep in mind that psyllium is also a soluble fiber and any powdered supplement you can buy in the stores that contain it will do the same thing. I prefer the capsules because I can't stomach the sweet flavor of the powders. Good luck, people!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 03/03/2021 192 posts

This was truly an interesting article, Ivy. I hadn't read it until this a.m. Thank you for the link. I started the Meformin again, after stopping it at 3 weeks in, because I had some stomach discomfort they do speak of in possible side-effects. A problem in my mind was, those are mentioned as side-effects for the Type 2 Diabetes I was diagnosed with 4 weeks ago now. I do love alternatives and have had many work for me, but I am not against conventional medicine either. I wish it could all be taught to MDs. When the best fix for an upset stomach or many other things is ACV, why should a drug be prescribed? I know the answer, BIG Pharma. Well, interestingly enough, I am getting my foods in-line now and no ill effects from the Metformin so I'll continue on it. I know people have different experiences, different opinions, and different levels of knowledge about health. I do have an open mind about it all, then I choose what is best working for me. It's my body, only I know what all goes on, I couldn't begin to list and tell about the many issues, little things many of them, but still very vigilant. Thank you again.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 03/02/2021 192 posts

They prescribed Statins which I took one night, and the next day I felt awful so I stopped them. Then I got the Lecithin. My cholesterol is 330. I'll break that down to the Ldl and the hdl: LDL = 239 HDL = 55 Tryglicerides are high too I hear: 185. These are all mg/dl. Ratio is 4:3 Why do you say mine are fine, if you were speaking to me, when I didn't post them?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sam (Miami ) on 03/02/2021

Your cholesterol is perfectly fine. Besides, one number means literally nothing. Ratios are important. Lp(a) is important.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/28/2021 192 posts

Hello Art, Thank you for your reply :) I haven't had any further Niacin flushes without taking any Niacin, lol ;) Thank goodness, no liver issues (disease). My hair is still in good shape, but I think it's beginning to thin a little. I will see about adding Zinc and Selenium to my regime. Right now, with all else, I stopped my B-complex and Glucosamine blend because I wanted to see if that might have caused the headaches, etc. I can add them back with my D3 1000iu recommended by my doctor (not sure their right, of course but not ill effects I know of) and my "just" 200mg of Magnesium Citrate (I know this one isn't hurting me but use to take it at 400 mg a day which I think is better). I feel comfy with just the 2 tbsp of Lecithin, one in a.m., one in p.m. with either green tea or my turmeric juice and ginger juice mixture. I bought that from a company here in California, but of course, it is processed by them. I hope it's healthy though, for anti-inflammatory. I haven't had any arthritic pain since I've been drinking it. It seems I read that if the thyroid is working right, many other things can start working right as well. I can't remember where or who I heard it from though.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 02/27/2021 1658 posts


You've got a few health issues going on at the same time.

The lecithin you started today should help reduce your LDL and VLDL cholesterol very significantly as well as triglycerides. My friends who have used it took 2 tablespoons per day initially as a loading dose and then switched down to 1 tablespoon per day as a maintenance dose. Nine tablespoons a day is a lot by any standard and I would say way too much. You are a fairly small person so you may find that a tablespoon is more than adequate for you and in time and with testing, you may find you can go with a slightly lower dose to maintain benefit, but that will be trial and error on your part. Lecithin can be helpful with fatty liver disease if that happens to be a health issue you are having. One small study suggested that a component of lecithin can possibly improve insulin sensitivity making it useful in diabetes. Lecithin is an emulsifier so it can help breakdown fats which may also be useful in diabetes, but the studies are lacking to discuss this benefit in diabetes.

One friend who is using lecithin successfully adds it to her morning smoothie and said she feels it improves the flavor of her smoothie.

On a somewhat related note, Zinc and Selenium are usually helpful if hypothyroidism is an issue, especially zinc. What condition is your hair in?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/27/2021 192 posts

That is interesting, but I think I mentioned here or was it on a diabetes forum?? Well anyway, I am willing to take the Metformin if it that last resort for caring for myself at home. If I end up in the hospital then I'll have to let them give me whatever. I just have found natural ways of "fixing" a lot of issues. The fact that Metformin has a very good track record, which I can see in your link, and have heard from other believers, is reassuring should I have to resort to a drug.

It actually seems good to me that Life Extension makes what seems to be a reliable alternative for people. It made me sick for 2 weeks, or, it was my physical issues. I don't know for sure at this point. I even quit my supplements and just to try without even those to see if it is just my body is sick with Type 2, high cholesterol/triglycerides, hypo-thyroid issues in the past (maybe again now, can't get tested yet for that), and now added to the pile, is about of high blood pressure. It was 170 over I think it was 110, but I haven't been able to get the recording of that from the hospital. My regular doc has to request it and I will be telling him on Monday about my Friday trip to emergency. I do thank you for the information, it was sort of a surprise as I didn't know Life Extension made prescription drugs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/26/2021 192 posts

Hello Art, good to find your post.

I got my Lecithin. It sure doesn't taste bad at all, and I could just chew it up in my mouth if I had to ;) I dissolved a tbsp of the granules in my decaf Green Tea (which I like to chill to make it ice-tea) I don't notice any difference in taste with that. It takes just a little time, maybe 15 min. to dissolve in the cold tea but people can use a blender to speed up the process if need be. I read it's good to do it for about 30 min. before I eat so am doing it that way. I hope it works, and I don't know if I should do the 3 tbsp, 3 x a day. I don't see anywhere you mention how much you used per day? I'll just keep taking some each day. I didn't get my Lecithin until this afternoon in the mail, so it has nothing to do with what happened to me this a.m. I have Type 2 diabetes just diagnosed Jan 20.

I cut my carbs way back to I think below 30g a day, I was so concerned about having something like Diabetes. Anyway, yesterday got to talk to a dietician, and leary of them as well but I listened. She encouraged me to eat more carbs, 30g per meal say. So I started that today. But from 6 a.m. to 9:15 I felt so good and healthy, lots of energy, and for the first time in weeks, no headache on awakening.

Then at 9:15 or so, I got the bad shakes, like the hypoglycemic thing I got as a kid when I didn't eat soon enough. Then a headache that didn't feel like any headache I'd ever had, so really clueless. I don't do this unless I know something is way wrong, I went to the emergency room, and all I got done was my blood pressure, temperature, checking stuff.

My blood pressure for the first time I know of in 68 years was 170/??, I can't remember the bottom number but it might have been 120, or not. I was just so upset because the waiting room was full, the inner exam rooms were full, sick people surrounding me, and I didn't stay as my head stopped hurting and I figured I wouldn't be seen anyway.

I plan to contact the clinic tomorrow and ask about my blood pressure, they are open on Saturdays. If this crazy new way of eating, high cholesterol, and of course high triglycerides are the cause of now, High Blood pressure, I can only hope I can find an answer for that here too. I'm 5'2" and right at 129, exercise regularly walking, never ate a whole lot of carbs and all this. Kind of overwhelming, but I trust alternative medicines/home-remedies over drugs and I won't give up. Thanks for your's and everyone's input on the site,

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 02/25/2021 1658 posts


Yes, red yeast rice is essentially the same as the statin named Lovastatin or Mevacor. Myself, I wouldn't use it.


My choice would be "Soy Lecithin Granules" because these have worked very effectively for friends. I use Non-GMO Soy Lecithin Granules to good effect.


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Posted by GertJr (Madison) on 02/25/2021

Art, thanks for the thoughts on statins.

Do you have any information about red rice yeast and it having the same side effects as statins? I've been taking LDL Omega capsules for my cholesterol and it works to bring it down, but I also get the same muscle aches and leg cramping as when I took statins. This formula has the CoQ10 as well, but the leg cramping has me wanting to not take it anymore.

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Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/24/2021 192 posts

I am concerned I may not have ordered the right Lecithin. I'm not sure I can mention a brand or put a link, so I'll mention the brand I ordered. I don't want to do anything against the site rules, but I know they check all the posts before they allow them so I'll go ahead. I ordered granules (lecithin) from Life Extension. The ingredients sounded good and reviews, but someone mentioned, back in 2015 post, that there is not GMO Soy, no matter what the label says? Thanks again for any help,

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Posted by Art (California) on 02/24/2021 1658 posts


Good on you for reconsidering about statins.

Here are a few reasons why statins may not be the best choice.

1. Statins are known to cause muscle pain, liver damage, increased blood sugar and neurological side effects as discussed here:


2. Statins have caused memory loss in some people as discussed here:


3. Statins can cause tendon damage or rupture as reported in the following study link:


On the other hand, "Soy Lecithin" lowers cholesterol and triglycerides as shown in the following study:


It is worth noting that I have not as yet been able to find other cholesterol studies for other forms of lecithin such as sunflower lecithin and my experience is that "granular soy lecithin" has been effective for several friends who have used it.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ivybridge (TN) on 02/24/2021

Life Extension states that Metformin is a life extension drug.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/24/2021 192 posts

Hi Art, or anyone reading,

I never got the Lecithin, no good reason, and Jan 20,2021 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Now I've had to quit some things, and have gone lower than low carbs, almost zero. My blood sugar is dropping a little after a month, no Meformin for me, but my cholesterol and Trygliserides are high. Cholestrol has stayed at the 300,330(last lab). Of course they wanted me to take a Lepitor, did that last night for the first and last time. My ears (Tinnitus) are insanely spiked to where I just can't take another of those pills. I'm getting on the Lecithin as soon as Amazon can get it sent to me. I don't know what brand to look for but I do take some good supplements from LIfe Extension, like my B Complex. I also am to take D3 and that has no side effects on me I know of.

Thanks to everyone that's posting on this. My doctor is a precious man, very young, and really seems to care about folks but I can't trust the drugs ;(

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lily (Kelowna, Bc Canada) on 02/14/2021

2 Suggestions : Sunflower Lecithin ( any good health food store)

Niacin, do some research, Dr.s know about niacin but prefer to write scripts .

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lily (Kelwna, BC, Can.) on 02/14/2021

Try replacing the ACID reflux meds with 1/4 TSP. of cayenne pepper in 1/3 c. water(stir well), chug a lug followed by 2/3 c. water...it will cure ulcers and help or destroy acid reflux. Do this for 2 weeks . After that continue once a week to keep healthy, it may also address cholesterol levels .Don't be chicken ..it won't burn!

You may have in your spice rack but buy some, make sure it is fresh and powerful.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by 4001 (New Jersey) on 01/28/2021

I had no problems with cholesterol, I started having celery juice and my last test shows my cholesterol of 253. Now I have some doubts about the celery juice. It is good for cleaning the stomach though.

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Posted by Lily (Kelowna, BC) on 01/25/2021

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper in 1/3 c. of water, chase with /2 to 1c. of water for 2wks. after that once a week. I agree with low fat diet as well instead use flax seed oil, omegas, coconut oil.

Brazil Nuts
Posted by Mike (Cape Cod) on 09/27/2019

Do you have a pre- and post- nut breakdown of HDL and LDL?

Brazil Nuts
Posted by Margie S. (United States) on 08/27/2019
5 out of 5 stars

A coworker of mine introduced me to Nutritionfacts.org. There is an article called Four Nuts Once a Month by Dr. Greger. I started eating 1 Brazil nut every day (even though the article said you would get the same results eating 4 nuts a month).

My results are as follows: I went from 224 down to 204 down to 136. I get mine already shelled at Trader Joes. They will always be a daily staple of mine. Brazil nuts are high in selenium.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Carla W. (Walnut Creek) on 08/04/2019
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Quantifiable evidence of the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for improving lipid panel plus dissolving calcium deposits.

I am prone to making calcium deposits on arteries and organs.

On 10/13/17 I had a lipid panel done with borderline results. I also had a stuck bile stone, causing misery and moving towards surgery. I did not change my diet, which is reasonably health conscious but added a daily dose of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with apple cider to make is deliciously palatable.

In six weeks, in the middle of Qigong class while doing a gentle abdominable exercise, the stone released... dramatically and with great relief. Took my lipid panel again in 3 months with dramatic results, and again six weeks later with a different lab, just to be sure. And one and a half years later after a 6 month total diet derailment due to stress circumstances of a critically ill husband unable to assimilate food, and I undermined myself by eating his food to not waste it.

Here are the numbers. 10/13/17 chol-252, hdl -61, ldl 167,,tri -120 1/8/18 chol-61, hdl 58, ldl-109, tri-89 2-24-18 Chol- 189, hel-71, ldl-100 tri-91, and the backslide: 7/26/19 chol-228, hdl-60, ldl-140, tri-140.

Since that eyeopening setback I am back on track with my daily ACV cocktail. Will test in a separate lab in a couple of months. But this is measured incredible result and setback... Have not been able to get any attention from anyone in the medical profession other that being blown off. I am a believer of ACV. It's inexpensive, accessible and a true threat to the pharmaceutical industry.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Art (California) on 05/28/2020 1658 posts
5 out of 5 stars

A popular search is for remedies that can lower high cholesterol.

Diatomaceous Earth is very effective at lowering high cholesterol. Even at lower dosing, but a tablespoon per day dosing is quite effective and fairly fast. This allows you to completely avoid the statins which are well established to create new health problems.

Apple Pectin
Posted by Ria (Las Vegas) on 01/22/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Try apple pectin. One to three times daily 1/2 hour before food on empty stomach with lots of water. I did this years ago and it brought it down very well. Doing this on an ongoing basis is a lot better than statins.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by EB (England) on 01/23/2021

Juice celery to lower your cholesterol.

One bunch a day for a few weeks then see what your levels are.

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Posted by Art (California) on 01/23/2021 1658 posts

Hi Pacific Coast Lady,

Well, it has worked for my friends who have used it, but only soy lecithin granules. The other forms of lecithin such as sunflower lecithin have not been tested in studies, so I have found good effect with soy lecithin granules. They have told me that they used two level measuring tablespoons per day until their cholesterol levels dropped to the level they wanted and then reduced their dose to one level measuring tablespoon per day as a maintenance dose. I have only seen the granules work, not the soft gel capsules or other capsules.

Some have told me they add it to their daily smoothie. I have also added the soy lecithin to several ounces of water and drank it down quickly with no stirring.

In the study I have previously linked to, lecithin lowered LDL cholesterol, VLDL cholesterol, triglycerides and raised HDL cholesterol.



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Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

I really appreciate this post, Blane! I never thought about the ratios between the L and the HDLs. I'm going to watch these videos before I buy anything. It's way better to read whole threads on these sites, isn't it. I'm so guilty of reading one reply and pouncing on it before I read further.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

Yes, I do not want statins which is all a doctor offers me. I'm going for the lecithin, I was anyway, but when I read your post Art, with friends/family as witnesses as well, sounds good to me.

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Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 01/22/2021

Thank you, Sharon in MO, I just got my bloodwork back and my cholesterol is still high. I've had it high most of my life I think, but never kept good track. I run around 300 plus (combined LDL and HDL, LDL is 239 of the 330 on "just received" results). I am going to shop for clean, organic lecithin today. Thank you again, it will be worth a try for sure.

PS I was diagnosed with 3rd degree Heart Block in 97, not sure if that is caused by cholesterol. I have a pacemaker since then and I am 68.

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Posted by Blane (Central Fl) on 10/12/2020

High cholesterol is not a problem. The problem lies in the ratios of LDL to HDL.

I gave up bread, rice, and potatoes before I had a heart cath last year - dropped twelve pounds in 3.5 weeks doing nothing else.

Go to YouTube and look up Dr. Pradip Jamnadas. He's got three (over an hour long) videos where he addresses the cholesterol MYTH among others. I'd start with "The Bittersweet Truth" personally, then "Fat Lies", and lastly "Fasting for Survival".

Also, if you've never read it, I'd also suggest "Grain Brain" by Dr. David Perlmutter.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anon (Not Canada) on 10/10/2020

Iron. My cravings disappeared when I started taking iron supplements. If you are constantly munchy, try iron.

Garlic. Arsenic poisoning mimics diabetes. Detox for metals.

Niacin. (Niacinamide - the flush type) :


This link is about the niacin flush:



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Posted by Jeanne (Tennessee ) on 10/11/2020

When people say their cholesterol is too high, the first question would be what is too high? Our bodies need cholesterol and if it gets too low, people have a higher risk of cancer. I want to make sure my cholesterol is around 200- 225. Don't listen to FDA. Cholesterol is NOT your enemy. The person that recommended a low fat diet, I bring into question. Read the book The Cholesterol myth.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brett (Hawaii) on 10/10/2020

Define "healthy fat".

Any form of Seed oil is not healthy and will not do good things for human health...especially genetically modified rapeseed (poisonous) oil known to all as "Canola" --- Can (canadian) o (oil) la (low acid). Look up what "acid" is in it at "low levels" and see why no bugs or animals will eat this stuff...only humans consume a food with it.

Also, the oils eaten even if "healthy" (let us define "healthy" for now as fruit oils: Avocado, Coconut, Olive, etc.) are also toxic if rancid (very common). Consuming rancid oils in any form causes systemic inflammation...which is the real cause of modern degenerative diseases that don't exist in native peoples who eat native diets free of modern refined and long term stored foods. This constant inflammation causes elevated cholesterol as the body produces about 80-90% of cholesterol for repairs to the damaged tissues (This is why people like vegans who eat "0" cholesterol can still have extremely high blood cholesterol levels.

Additionally, refined sugars in concentration (so called "healthy" Agave syrup...LOL) regardless of form also lead to degenerative inflammatory conditions...go figure...wow, eating a diet that includes refined foods leads to unhealthy bodies...shock me some more, please, maybe tell me the answer is to go to an MD and get drugs to treat the symptoms of the diseases you are causing yourself??? YEP, that is just what happens in western civilization...no personal attention to the causes...

Please note: Your diet is the cause of diseases that are easily avoidable, stop trying to resolve issues by treating symptoms and begin to learn how to treat your body. It knows what to do to heal and balance if you stop causing it trouble with the things you put into it and the way you treat it.

Blessings to All and may you find power in knowledge. :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 10/10/2020 1658 posts

Hi Dianne,

I have had very good luck at lowering high LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol using Lecithin as outlined in the link below.


I have several friends who have used it with excellent results allowing them to avoid statins altogether!


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Posted by Diane (Florida) on 10/10/2020

Everyone is unique and reacts differently with remedies. I cannot take Virgin Coconut oil. It makes my hair, scalp, skin oily and itchy. I stick with cold pressed Olive Oil. I have High Cholesterol, my HDL is fine, but the LDL is high. High Cholestrol runs in my family, I tried, diet, exercise, supplements like Red Yeast rice, Policosanol, none worked. I was reading about Cholesterol. Sometimes you have to fix your liver, gallbladder and your gut. Sometimes there are other factors involved, like insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, dysbiosis or microbial imbalances, stress, allergies. A bulging stomach tells me I have fat accumulation. Every part of the body has to work together. So I am working on my gut, digestion, liver and gallbladder bile. My doc told me I have gallbladder sludge and my liver is producing too much cholesterol. I have to rid myself of the sugar and bad carbs too for my pre-diabetes and insulin resistance. Any ideas. The Fenugreek Powder and Amla powder is helping my pre-diabetes blood sugar numbers. I am taking Milk Thistle and Swedish bitters for the liver and gallbladder. It is just knowing how much to take. Any other suggestions for gallbladder and liver?

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Posted by Sharon (Missouri) on 10/09/2020

i want to reply to the cholesterol problem. I think that we who have a high cholesterol numbers, process lipids differently. The reason I think that, is because at 23 I got a severe case of psoriasis. I found in DAVIS book (Let's Get Well) her cure was "lecithin", which I took 3 1,000 mg, 3x a day.

Within a month, my psoriasis was down to 50% ( my body was 75% covered). Then I went to the lecithin granules. 1 Tablespoon 3x a day. The point to all of this is I took lecithin for 30 years daily, and never got over 180 cholesterol number.

Also, her cure for high cholesterol was lecithin, among other things. The lecithin after 6 months got rid of the psoriasis, but I kept taking it to keep from getting it back, because as soon as soon as I lowered the dose it would start appearing again.

I read an article that said soy lecithin was bad, because of the hormones and that the soy was GMO, so I stopped it. I was getting into coconut oil. I started the oil pulling, and also took a TBL a day to ingest. And what do you know? My cholesterol went up to 230 ......so after some research, I did stop ingesting coconut oil. My cholesterol went back down to 180.

I cannot take fish oil either. It makes me bruise all over my body legs and arms, and these bruises last for months. But that's why I think that some people have a disordered lipid system. I think that people with psoriasis do not process fat or lipids properly, or that the lipids we ingest are not the right kind. I do know that there is clean organic lecithin at the vitamin stores.

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Posted by Anon (Not Canada) on 10/09/2020


The virgin coconut oil available here seems to have been switched or mixed with copra oil recently. Even the more expensive brands that used to always smell like fresh coconut. It becomes most apparent when cooking with it - it takes on a strong "off" smell. Even a carton of coconut based ice cream had the copra smell. Is that happening in the Philippines?

Does heating the coconut oil alter its tendency to raise cholesterol?

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Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 10/09/2020

Chris Chung...I'm not really sure why you think coconut oil in particular creates bad or excessive cholesterol in the body. That is not true in my own experience with using virgin coconut oil. Indeed, the research that you actually quoted in your last post certainly does not conclude that VCO causes hypertension, hyperlipidemia or hypercholestemia in their results section. Here is the link to the research you quoted in your last post:


In the Results section of that research it says the following:

"LDL-C concentrations were significantly increased on butter compared with coconut oil (+0.42,95% CI 0.19 to 0.65 mmol/L, P<0.0001) and with olive oil (+0.38,95% CI 0.16 to 0.60 mmol/L, P<0.0001), with no differences in change of LDL-C in coconut oil compared with olive oil (−0.04,95% CI −0.27 to 0.19 mmol/L, P=0.74). Coconut oil significantly increased HDL-C compared with butter (+0.18,95% CI 0.06 to 0.30 mmol/L) or olive oil (+0.16,95% CI 0.03 to 0.28 mmol/L). Butter significantly increased TC/HDL-C ratio and non-HDL-C compared with coconut oil but coconut oil did not significantly differ from olive oil for TC/HDL-C and non-HDL-C. There were no significant differences in changes in weight, BMI, central adiposity, fasting blood glucose, systolic or diastolic blood pressure among any of the three intervention groups."

I also do not believe that LDL or HDL cholestrol is necessarily bad for you in high amounts. I have never believed in allopathic medicine's "saturated fats are bad for you" theory. I have always preferred Dr Linus Pauling's Unified Theory of Cardiovascular Disease because it's much more honest, logical and makes more sense.

Virgin coconut oil(VCO) helped me to lose at least 20 lbs in weight five years ago(I was overweight at the time) and during that period my blood pressure always remained at a constant 70/110. I am currently taking VCO on a daily basis for covid-19 prevention because, from the research, VCO(lauric acid) kills all lipid coated viruses(covid-19 is a lipid coated virus) -- in the same way as aspirin or BHT. VCO is cheap where I live(Philippines) and my wife and I both also use it for our skin and hair. I also supplement VCO on a regular basis as a preventative against Altzheimer's Disease(I'm over 70 yo). Been using VCO like this for about 14 years with no complaints and no ill effects.

Here's some more research on the usefulness of VCO from the coconut.com website:


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Posted by Chris Chung (A) on 10/08/2020

I have run into vegans with high cholesterol from time to time. The question is, are you using coconut oil or palm oil? These actually can raise your cholesterol. Here's a medical study in that regard:


Also, activated charcoal has been found to be as good questran (cholestyramine) for lowering cholesterol. Best part is that it has no side effects. Just make sure not to take it with any prescription meds.

Here's an article in that regard:


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mary Rabon (Fl) on 09/30/2020

I make a large glass of lemonade, sweeten with stevia and 2 Tablespoons of ACV and it's delish...

Posted by Kae (Utah) on 09/04/2020

Take with baby aspirin or Vitamin C to reduce the flushing.

Posted by Deborah (Winston-Salem) on 12/19/2018

I pay 10.00 for a bottle of 360 capsules from vitacost.com. I have been taking one a day since 1995.

Posted by Deborah (Winston-Salem) on 12/19/2018

I pay 10.00 for a bottle of 360 capsules from vitacost.com. I have been taking one a day since 1995.

Posted by Al (San Diego, Ca.) on 12/19/2018

How do you prepare it. You grind it or get it unground? Thx for your help..

Posted by Michael (Scotland) on 10/16/2018

Have you tried using a good omega 3 fish oils also plenty fruit and veg and leafy green veg important. Check up in beta glucans, a cholesterol lowering soluble fibre from oat bran and rough oat cakes.

Posted by Denise (Minnesota ) on 10/14/2018

How much fenugreek do you take a day?

Posted by Adrienne (Mn) on 09/05/2018

How much fenugreek do you take for cholesterol?

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Jess G. (Hampshire ) on 09/05/2018

@Tinydancer: I agree, read the book The Great Cholesterol Myth, it makes perfect sense to me. High Cholesterol does not mean heart disease. My cholesterol is sky high but I will never take statins, I know lots of people on them, I work with the elderly, and all of them have horrible side effects. I am considering the Red Yeast Rice but am a bit dubious.

Go with your gut feeling, doctors are not keen on alternatives and generally won't even listen.

Coriander Seeds
Posted by Ringgo (Jakarta) on 08/26/2018
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For High Cholesterol,

Take 1 Tablespoon of coriander seed, 1 cup of water.

Heat until boil and wait to cool.

Drink twice a day. Check your cholesterol every 3 days. Stop when normalize.

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Bill (Philippines) on 08/20/2018

Hi Susan...I used to be able to buy red yeast rice when I was living in Luzon in the Philippines but have since moved to Cebu. There are also several other effective ways to help reduce high cholesterol. Here is a short list of recommendations for you:

* Take Ted's protocol to reduce high cholesterol.

* Take Chanca piedra(CP) tea on its own three times a day or supplement CP capsules(500mg) three times a day with meals. Chanca piedra safely lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduces blood sugar, protects the liver and does so much more for your health.

* Take niacin (100mgs to 500mgs three times a day always with meals). If the niacin flush is too much for you then just reduce the dosage. Niacin acts to unclump sticky blood(it does this electrically) to help reduce blood pressure safely.

And here's a video by Dr Joel Wallach on the causes and cure for high cholesterol problems:

Joel Wallach -- High Cholesterol

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Olddude (Tn) on 08/19/2018 21 posts

Check out Whole Food Plant Diets,, your heart should be fine on it...

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Susan (Plymouth, Ma ) on 08/18/2018

Can you tell me the brand of red rice yeast you took? It looks like in the USA the statin ingredient that you need is taken out. The FDA doesn't want competition for big Pharma. I am looking for one that is made outside of the USA. Or a way to make it yourself. Maybe Ted can find one outside of USA. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have very high hereditary cholesterol and refuse to take statins. My blood pressure has always been perfect; and there is no family history of heart problems but I am tired of Dr's telling me I need statins.

Posted by Deborah (Winston Salem, Nc) on 07/22/2018


I just buy a bottle of it from Vitacost and take one pill a day so I don't get sinus infections. In the beginning I tried drinking the tea, many years ago, that stuff was horrible there's no way I could keep drinking it. Back in the 90s I got the Tea form from GNC stores.

Posted by Deborah (Winston Salem, Nc) on 07/22/2018

My doctor hasn't said anything except that he wishes his HDL was as high as mine.

I feel good.

Posted by Jean (Fl) on 07/21/2018

Hello Deborah, I would like to know some more details about your suggestion to use fenugreek for cholesterol. What form? ie leaves, oil, etc . How much per day did you take? Any other tips? Thanks!

Posted by Art (California ) on 06/28/2018 1658 posts

LDL that is too low may not be good for your brain or your body as this protein has multiple purposes in the human body.