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Oatmeal
Posted by Veronica (Texas)
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I had a cholesterol level of 301. Was told I would have to go on medication if I did not get it down. I ate oatmeal for breakfast for 2 months & got it down to 250. Will keep on going until my next exam in 6 months.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Pacific Coast Lady (Crescent City, CA) on 08/15/2021 137 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.

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


Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Art (California) on 05/28/2020 930 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.


Coriander Seeds
Posted by Ringgo (Jakarta) on 08/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Fenugreek
Posted by Om (Winston Salem, Nc) on 06/26/2018
5 out of 5 stars

HDL is 87

LDL is 29

Trig's is 46

Total cholesterol is 134

I started taking fenugreek capsules back in the winter of 95- 96 for sinus issues. Every winter I immediately got a sinus infection. Cholesterol began to change and hasn't stopped.

I spend 12 to $15 for a year's worth of fenugreek capsules and take one a day and have done it since that winner of long ago. Most of my relatives had started taking fenugreek because of me since none of their prescription drugs worked.

Last year my HDL was 94 but this apartment has a lot of mold in it that keeps coming back and my immune system works overtime.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Art (California) on 10/10/2020 930 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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065734/

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

Art


Apple Cider Vinegar
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 Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/24/2021 137 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 Art (California) on 02/24/2021 930 posts

Hi PCL,

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:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013

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

https://www.health.harvard.edu/cholesterol/new-findings-on-statin-memory-loss-link

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3666488/#

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065734/

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.

Art


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kathy (Cherry Hill, Nj) on 01/30/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was a previously a skeptic but ACV has reduced my cholesterol.

I am 56 years old and my cholesterol had been getting higher and higher over the years (I also am hypothyroid). My doctor told me to try to reduce my levels or she was going to prescribe statins, which I did not want to take.

I came to the Earth Clinic website and decided to try ACV. I started taking 2 Tbsp. ACV in water just once a day.

In Sept. of 2016, my total cholesterol was 232, HDL 54 and LDL 151. In December of 2016, my total cholesterol was 209, HDL 56 and LDL 130.

So, my overall cholesterol went down 23 points and my LDL went down 21 points in 3 months taking just 2 Tbsp. ACV a day.

My doctor was amazed and told me to just keep doing whatever it was I was doing.

I am going to try mixing it with pure grape juice as some have suggested. It is very hard for me to get the ACV down with just water, which prevents me from taking it as often as I would like.

Low Carb Diet
Posted by Hal (Ny) on 01/22/2017

I eat high fat, low carb. My cholesterol was always low and I knew the high fat diet would raise it, but I know enough about the cholesterol B.S. that I wasn't worried. My bkfst usually consists of 2 tbsp. (grass-fed) butter, 1 tbspn of MCT oil, 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder blended in cup of very warm water. I was using Bulletproof Coffee, but I gave up coffee, so I just substituted cocoa.

By April 2015, my Cholesterol was 315. I didn't mind that much, but I started taking Calcium D-Glucarate 2x/day (thanks Dave Asprey), and Tocotrienols 2x/day. By 6/16 it was 236.

As of 11/23/16, my Cholesterol is 198 (HDL - 73, Triglycerides - 64, Chol/HDL ratio - 2.7). I backed off to once a day each because I don't want to be below 200.
Hope this helps.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brigitte (Houston, Tx) on 09/28/2015

My cholesterol has always been high. Cholesterol Total 256; HDL 142; LDL 107 and Triglyceride 35.

I am not taking any medication, but will try the organic apple cider vinegar in some warm water early in the morning. Hope it will lower my numbers.

I am 75 years old, work full time, exercise three times a week and eat a very healthy diet but love a glass of good red wine. I wonder whether I have to cut that out.

Brigitte

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Joru (Northeast, US) on 12/14/2014

What no one tells you is that high cholesterol can be associated with certain types of yeast. --among other possible causes.
Diet Changes:

- cut out all vegetable oils (including olive), minimize animal fats, use only low-fat dairy w/ no hormones or antibiotics/grass-fed, no fried foods. If fat is needed for cooking, use a small amount of butter (w/o hormones).

- buy all food fresh at farmer's markets & avoid packaged foods in stores; do more cooking at home.

- cut out white potatoes.

- eat more dark leafy greens, garlic, cruciferous vegetables; sweet potato, lentils, buckwheat, etc.

- include some fermented veggies (sauerkraut, hoarseradish, etc) in your diet which naturally contain "good bacteria".

- don't take vitamin pills unless you have to for a clear & convincing medical reason;

- minimize use of non-essential medications, as much as you safely can (consult your doc before making any changes).

- eat more fresh herbs and spices.

- eliminate alcohol; if you want to have something occasionally choose dry red wine or beer.

- eliminate coffee (raises cortisol).

- walk.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 12/04/2013

Why is taking down your cholesterol important? Studies have shown that cholesterol level does not make one more or less prone to heart attacks. People with low cholesterol get heart attacks as much as people that have high cholesterol.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee) on 10/03/2014

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~


Carrot Juice
Posted by Luciakc (Nanuet, New York) on 07/06/2012
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Drink at least an 8 oz. Glass of Carrot Juice a day and it will lower your Cholesterol Significantly anywhere between 3-6 months! It does work! My Cholesterol was 294 and now it is 184- IT WORKS! Try it and you'll definitely like it, It tastes great too!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Floss (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/18/2008
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I take my coconut oil in hot tea or warm to hot water, and also in the morning I make a smoothie and add that in last...Have been taking it since Aug of 2007, and lost 20 lbs and an added benefit was that it reduced my Cholesterol and Triglycerides..I was able to get off of the medicine that the Dr. had prescribed...


Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Tinydancer (Dayton, Ohio, Usa) on 05/20/2013

Protecting yourself against heart disease requires far more than just simply lowering your cholesterol levels. In fact, 50 percent of the people who are hospitalized with heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels, and 25 percent of people who develop premature heart disease have no traditional risk factors at all. Maybe elevated cholesterol isn't the real cause of heart disease in the first place.

Trillions of dollars are spent on cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and heart disease is still the leading cause of death. What is wrong with this picture?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nicholas (Cibolo, TX) on 01/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

2 TBS of ACV, 12 ounces of grape juice and 2 TBS of pure honey... I'm not cured yet, but I believe this is going to work for my high cholesterol. 'I'm a 46 y/o black man with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I'm currently taking plendil for high blood pressure. About a month ago I had my cholesterol checked and it was 282. My LDL is 199. I looked at your website today and immediately went to the store to get some grape juice, honey and ACV. In about 30 minutes of drinking this recipe I started felling better. My head is clear and I got a little pep in my step. I'm going to continue taking this remedy and have my cholesterol checked in a month. I know it's going to be better. God makes the simplest things to fix our big problems.


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!


Fenugreek
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.


Soy Lecithin
Posted by Katkat (Lexington) on 12/21/2017
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I took soy lecithin for cholesterol years ago and didn't see that it made a difference. I just ordered some red yeast rice, so it should arrive Sunday afternoon and I'll start taking it. Any idea how long it takes to work? Also, as to keeping the arteries clean---it is my understanding that cholesterol acts like a bandaid in your veins, covering irritations so that they can heal. Most irritations are inflammation, so anything that corrects inflammation should correct the cholesterol issue. Inflammatory foods are sugars, processed foods/flour, etc. (I confess, I had been eating sweets since Halloween and brought my problems on myself). Anyway, I am also adding garlic and turmeric to my daily routine of niacin and acv. I am on day 4 of my bone broth fast, so will start adding dairy kefir to the diet (still taking the broth) for another 4 days. After that I'll go to the ibs diet (easy to digest, lightly cooked, mostly veggies) I'm doing this for my ibs, but it's too soon to tell if it's doing anything. So, the plan is to continue as explained here and, when it comes, add the red yeast rice to the mix. I only bought 1 bottle, so a month's supply, that's why I wondered how long it takes to work. When I go to the dr in January, I plan to have another cholesterol test done to compare results to my work one. So, I have 5 weeks to improve. Wish me luck.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 12/20/2017

Are you using the soy lecithin granules for removing excess fat stored in tissues...I read somewhere Ted was teaching that and I have used it ever since...helps my memory and I tell my friends...they all love it too.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Jan (Mi) on 12/21/2017

Thanks so much Timh. I appreciate the info. I have a few questions: How many milligrams on the vitamin C &Lysine? Also how many mg on the Grapeseed extract and should it be taken every day? I know we can't mention brands here but if you could give me a hint as to where I can purchase the Methionine w/B-12 & Folic Acid, I would certainly appreciate it. I looked on Amazon but didn't see it. Which do you think is better, soy or sunflower lecithin? We were taking organic sunflower lecithin but didn't see any improvement. Perhaps the triple strength will do the trick. Well, I guess that turned out to be more than a few questions:)

Thanks so much. I'm trying so hard to keep my husband off of the awful cholesterol medication. These new injectable ones have some really really bad side effects.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Mrs A Of London Uk (London Uk) on 12/22/2017

Dear Jan - For high cholesterol, try Niacin (vitamin B3) - and don't be alarmed by the famous niacin flush, which though unpleasant, and sometimes accompanied by itching, is harmless and soon wears off. Do NOT be fobbed off with niacimide (the non-flush version).


Dietary Changes
Posted by Noris (Texas) on 12/26/2017 4 posts

Since I started cooking with coconut oil my total cholesterol is high, but it is the good cholesterol that is very high. The Dr said it is very good. I start breakfast cooking the eggs in coconut oil and putting some in the coffee. Everything I cook through out the day I use this oil.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Jr (Michigan) on 12/26/2017

Timh, Thanks for your thorough reply. Much appreciated. Wishing you and all of Earth Clinic folks a Happy and Healthy New Year.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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.


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 Pacific Coast Lady (USA) on 02/28/2021 137 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 Marilyn Wright (Northern Calif) on 01/30/2017

I find ACV is easier to swallow with V-8 juice.I started with 1tsp ACV and 4 oz of v8 juice twice a day and now I am up to 1/2 tablespoon of ACV and 4oz of v-8 juice. Marilyn


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...


Low Carb Diet
Posted by Rw (Southwest Virginia) on 01/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

All of my cholesterol levels were bad but then improved an average of over 30% by eating a low carb diet. They're all back down in the healthy range. I did not cut down on fats at all, just carbs. I bought a glucose meter and learned how to eat so that my blood sugar stayed under 110 after meals (it usually peaks around 1 1/2 hours after a meal.) I eat about 15 grams of carbs at each meal and I make sure I eat a good portion of protein first to balance it. Yeah, it was some getting used to, but it's not problem now and I don't have any carb cravings or anything. I also took fish oil and drank matcha tea, but I don't think it would have been such a dramatic difference without cutting the carbs. My doc was impressed when he saw the numbers. He said, "What did you do?" :)

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Will (Irwin Pa.) on 10/14/2015
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Dear Brigitte, I just had some blood work done for my 6mo.check up. 6mos ago my cholesterol was 200. LDL was 128 / HDL was 54 . Today my cholesterol is 167. LDL is now 104 / HDL is 47. I take 2 tablespoons of organic ACV a day with 2 tablespoons of raw honey I don't know if it will work for you. It has a been great for me. Good luck. Bill


Multiple Supplements
Posted by Robert Henry (St George Island, Fla.) on 05/03/2015

HI U ELLE, good for you. Suggest you read the new book out .......PEO SOLUTIONS. Fish oil is bad news Charlie, not an opinion, fact. The supplement industry is almost as bad as the Pharmaceutical folks. Before you respond, read the book. This book is just out and should receive the Pulitzer prize for medicine. This revelation is even more better than when the New Zealand doctors said that ulcers were caused by e-coli and were ridiculed for 10 years by their peers.

That is until they received the Pulitzer prize for medicine.

As the book says, medicine is not science, it is an opinion of folks who do the study and they all have a self serving agenda. It's a money thing.

=========ORH================


Niacinamide
Posted by Lisa (Southern California, US) on 03/02/2015
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I started taking 1000 mg of niacinamide, which is vitamin B3, to help me get to sleep. When I went in for my annual check up with the doctor, my cholesterol actually went too low and she told me to lower my dose to raise my cholesterol. It took about 6 months of taking it. Also, niacinamide doesn't make you flush like niacin, and it still worked to lower cholesterol. The only side effect is it makes you really sleepy, so take it before bed.


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