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Cholesterol Testing
Posted by Beth (Atlanta) on 11/01/2013

My cholesterol has gone way up. I'm not too concerned, but does what I eat for several days before the test make a difference? I had fasted for at least 12 hours, and what I ate the meal before that was vegetables that had been steamed and had only sea salt on them. I'm not a big eater, 5'6" 120 lbs, but it went up 60 pts from 6 months prior. Just wondering.

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 10/02/2013

To Lorene A, re Red Rice/Cholesterol,

Your advice is the same as mine and I did try the Red Rice once; maybe three years ago. The friend who was recommending it warned me that he did experience what he thought was a side effect; brain fog. Well, I'd never had problems with brain fog so decided to give the Red Rice caps a try and in two weeks was having trouble concentrating; perhaps a coincendence but I immediately got off the Red Rice and cleared up immediately. I read how the Red Rice works and as you point out and Mercola points out, it works like a statin.

A statin works at the liver level to STOP cholesterol production. But as bad a rap as cholesterol has taken in the past 20 years, cholesterol is essential for cellular health and especially the brain. The problem with cholesterol, is that if there is not enough Vitamin E (natural, not synthetic) in the system, then any fat might start sticking to the veins and arteries. The cause of plaque build up is not the presence of cholesterol but the absence of Vit E.

Got that? The cause of plaque build up is not the presence of cholesterol but the absence of Vit E.

So I got off the Red Rice and the fog went away and I just keep on taking my 800 iu daily of natural E (d alpha tocopherol/ NOT dl alpha tocopherol... The "l" after the "d" tells you it is synthetic. Just get your E at the health food store. Drug stores sell synthetic. ) My cholesterol has always been high but I believe the use of E, CoQ 10, magnesium and potassium, arginine and hawthorn etc has warded off heart issues all these years. I'm 64 and have good BP and can still engage in vigorous exercise. No circulatory issues at all.


Ted's Remedies
Posted by Lorene A (Montgomery, Tx) on 10/01/2013

RED YEAST RICE, according to research findings from Dr. Mercola (internet), RYRice is a STATIN drug. We were very surprised and were using as this information was not divulged. It is Lovastatin (Mevacor and Altocor). So if you believe you are taking a natural supplement - Surprise! Provided your tests after statin drugs were good, you are better off to NOT take anything for cholesterol, eat heallthy and take lots of vitamins. Statins are a danger to the liver, as we all know. Same goes for Red Yeast Rice. Manufacturers are very clever hiding the statin facts. Also if the RYR contains citrinin, it is dangerous. Should be removed. Again that information not found on most supplements on the market. Good cholesterol is one of our best friends and is vital componet of every cell membrane. Eat healthy to maintain good cholesterol levels. Love this site - very beneficial. I go no where else to get natural remedies. Wonderful site!

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Posted by Prioris (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 06/23/2013

You're thinking of Serrapeptase. It also is known for eating scar tissue build up in the body. Nattokinase is totally a natural substance of the body. It helps clear away the plaque build up. The body will only use whatever it needs. China has done thousands of studies on fibrolytic enzymes. They work. Most people should do fine with just Nattokinase.

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 06/23/2013 2085 posts

Prioris: It is my understanding the systemic enzymes directly "eat" scar tissue (fibrosis). These enzymes have no direct effect on cholesterol plaque.

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Posted by Prioris (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 06/21/2013

There are scars and plaque build up but the fibrolytic enzymes scrub the plaque build up from the arteries away. I think anti-inflammation nutrition may possibly keep inflammation down while the fibrolytic enzymes do their work faster but that would be just a guess. I need to take both nattokinase and serrapeptase for my particular situation. I found that thru experimenting over a couple years. In the end, we try to fit what we learn from other people to our own health situation.

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 06/20/2013 2085 posts

Prioris: Good advise. If I may back up a step to say that the damage that occurs to arteries in the first place is usually by INFLAMMATION. Inflammation, then scarring, then cholesterol plaques, then heart attacks.

Turmeric, Pineapple, and Omega 3's to treat the inflammation. Pine Bark and Grapeseed Extracts are powerful artery protectors.

High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Posted by Prioris (Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa) on 06/19/2013

The reason people want to lower cholesterol is because of heart disease. People should be aware that medical studies concluded many years ago that there is no correlation between heart disease and cholesterol. Heart disease comes down to one thing - cleaning your arteries. You use fibrolytic enzymes like nattokinase and serrapeptase for that. They protect you from stroles and heart attacks. Cholesterol is there to protect you. If it wasn't for that, you'd be dead. Do the research. Even the so called "bad" cholesterol. Stop worrying about cholesterol and focus cleaning your arteries.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lady Middleton (Jamaica, Ny) on 06/18/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Migs (Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, Uk) on 06/14/2013

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 05/29/2013 2085 posts

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).

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Migs (Leigh-on-sea, Essex, Uk) on 05/28/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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?

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Trudyg (USA) on 05/20/2013

I disagree. I got my cholesterol down using red rice yeast, but I'm keeping it down by watching my diet. I no longer take something for it. Years back I was on zocor but it had horrible side effects (not due to zocor, says dr). I exercise, eat a variety of fresh vegetables, use coconut oil, eat fresh fish often--and it stays down with a good ratio of ldl/hdl.

Red Yeast Rice
Posted by Katie M (Hale, Mi) on 05/19/2013

I've read a few of the posts on red rice yeast and I would like to comment as an RN. First, keep in mind that if you have the misfortune of having hypercholesterolemia, you must continue treating it. Your LDL may lower with treatment but will return to high # when you stop treatment. Secondly, to the gentleman who doesn't want to lower his # below 200? I will see you in my CCU unit someday when you have a heart attack because your cholesterol was too high! Don't forget about the HDL! (Good cholesterol) it is just as important! It helps to eliminate the "Bad" LDL. Omega-3 fatty acids! 2-3 grams daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stavros (Athens, Greece) on 04/19/2013

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!

Oat Straw Tea
Posted by 1947hoppy (Winamac, Indiana, United States) on 03/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I had made a submission a couple weeks back inquiring if anyone else had heard about or used oat straw tea. My wife and I have been using it for about a month now for a multitude of reasons. For me, it was for cholesterol. I wasn't sure if or how much it might be working, but recent routine blood work with our doctor for both my wife and myself showed that it works quite well.

My cholesterol has never been as low as it was this time. Total cholesterol had dropped a full 20 points. LDL was down from 101 to 82 and HDL was up from 40 to 56. Triglycerides had dropped from 65 to 45.

My wife's cholesterol had also dropped substantially, but for her the best thing was a 65 point drop in her triglycerides.

We bought it in bulk online, in a 1# bag. We put 2 tblsp in a tea bag and brew it by the pot. I drink most of it, but my wife will drink at least one cup a day. We also add an herbal flavored tea, such as apricot or pomagranate for flavor. The oat straw doesn't have much flavor of its own. My wife also likes to ad a little stevia.

It is relatively cheap. After a month, we have barely put a dent in the 1# bag. There aren't any side effects and its all natural.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Wendy (London) on 03/20/2013

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rani (Lautoka, Fiji) on 03/13/2013

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

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Erdem (Antalya, Turkey) on 03/10/2013

Hello Tarkan, is your cholestrole problem inherite from your parents? In other words your any parent and his/her older relatives have high cholestrole? I have high cholestrole problem which is inherited from my mother.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Nigella Sativa
Posted by Art (Tustin, Ca. USA) on 03/05/2013
5 out of 5 stars

A recent human study that tested Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin Seed), an increasingly popular supplement, for its cholesterol lowering effects and had some positive results. They tested three different dosages over a 12 week period. The dosages were one gram per day, two grams per day and three grams per day. The two gram dose proved to be the most effective dose and was able to lower LDL cholesterol ( the bad one) and raise HDL cholesterol ( the good one) while lowering triglycerides! That's pretty impressive and there is a definite need for a supplement capable of doing just this with a good safety profile....... unlike the statins which can have some fairly serious side effects in some people.


Another recent human study also using Nigella Sativa, found that it is also capable of lowering high blood pressure. That's quite a combination!


Nigella Sativa (NS) is available at most on line vitamin suppliers as well as local health food stores and is reasonably priced as supplements go at the tested dosages in these two studies. NS has shown other potential health benefits and the number of studies are increasing. NS has been used in alternative medicine in other parts of the world for ages. I was able to find NS in 400mg capsules at 60 capsules per bottle for less than $4 online from a popular supplier. To reach the most effective dose in the cholesterol study would require 5 capsules per day or about 35 cents or less per day if my math is correct.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca) on 02/07/2013

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.

General Feedback
Posted by Atul (Sterling, Tx) on 02/05/2013

Cholesterol: Could not find the post I was reading yesterday that talked about milk thistle for curing the liver damage? Can anyone suggest about it. Also, b/w sunflower lecithin or soy lecithin which is better? Where can we find milk thistle and sunflower lecithin and how do we take it? Indeed a v. helpful and a great site for natural cures.

EC: Try here: https://www.earthclinic.com/herbs/milk-thistle.html#LIVER

or here: https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/liver_damage2.html#MILKTHISTLE

Apple Cider Vinegar
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?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by James (Bryan, Texas) on 02/04/2013

Antiviral remedies? Olive leaf, Elderberry, silver solution (ionic), and a component of coconut oil (lauric, caprylic acid). I know I personally feel better after eating greens (like the Popeye-spinach), but I don't know if this is related to your problem. Good luck!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Mary (Buenos Aires, Argentina) on 12/11/2012

Hello Dave, When you say fresh water do you mean distilled? Please let us know what water you are using. Thank you for your article. I will try. God Bless you.

General Feedback
Posted by George (Andover, Kansas) on 11/14/2012

You can also try vitamin c. I was able to drop my cholesterol from 238 to 134 in one month.1000mg. time release-5 times a day. Check on Linus Pauling therapy.

General Feedback
Posted by Lecithin Helped (West Coast, Ca) on 11/14/2012

Colloidal lecithin. Find at your local health food store liquid form of lecithin. It digests better. Just a spoonful a day, and it soothes, calms, provides nutrition to nerves. Also keep bananas and cantaloupe or honeydew melon in the diet. If liquid lecithin is hard to swallow alone, stir it into orange juice or similar. Best to you.

General Feedback
Posted by Sharon From Washington (Washington, Mo) on 11/13/2012

Ted or anyone who knows about the supplement lecithin. What is a good granulated lecithin. Are there certain things to look for when you buy lecithin so you know you are getting a good product. They have egg yolk lecithin are soy bean lecithin and non gmo lecithin. What do you recomend for for high ldl cholesterol. Thanks sharon

Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Tea
Posted by Kenny (Monroe Twp, Nj, Usa) on 11/08/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I tried many remedies over the years to reduce cholesterol. I didn't want the statin route. Finally I found a tea called Gynostemma Pentaphyllum also known as Jiaogulan and its sold in Chinese or korean stores. Two bags in the morning in hot water and they can be reused again in the afternoon. They taste good not bitter like teas. Google it and you can read more about it. It reduces LDL for sure. I eat meat everyday. I just wanted to share this with all.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Scotch.irish (Holden, Mo) on 11/06/2012

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!

Garlic and Lemon
Posted by Michael (Ennis, Ireland) on 08/12/2012

garlic & lemon I need some information is it ok to add 3 litres of water to the half pint of juice that is left after blinden, and then boil and strain. And then add one pint to the mush that is left in the blinder & boil and then mix thank you

Posted by Pahlee (Phila, Pa.) on 07/12/2012

Thank you for that info. on statins, because I have been taking them for awhile to control my cholesterol.

Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 07/09/2012

Hi Starr4046, I would urge you to stay away from statins. Not long ago, I heard Kevin Trudeau speak at the Longevity Now Conference and what he had to say regarding statins was absolutely frightening. He said that without a doubt, over time you will absolutely lose muscle mass. Something we already have difficulty holding onto as we age. These drugs have so many side effects I wouldn't even consider them an option. There are so many ways to lower your cholesterol in natural ways that are fairly well- known. Simple things such as oatmeal, garlic, diet, exercise, niacin, artichoke leaf extract, medicinal mushrooms. Do some research because there is plenty of information available regarding this.

Many people here on EC write in saying that apple cider vinegar really helped bring their cholesterol down. Check ou the cholesterol section here on EC. And good for you that your goal is to live your life without drug use! Wishing you the best of health, Lisa

Carrot Juice
Posted by Gab (Doha, Qatar) on 07/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I agree, proven! I mixed it with oranges.

Carrot Juice
Posted by Luciakc (Nanuet, New York) on 07/06/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tussockgal (Auckland, New Zealand) on 06/28/2012

I think you should have persisted with the ACV since, according to Dr Jarvis, it flushes out acid and makes the body more alkaline. Methinks it could have been a herxheimer reaction while your body was doing the flushing?

Progesterone, Vitamin D
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 05/09/2012

It might be worth checking on your B's as they are essential for digesting the food, and not letting just pass through without getting the nutrition out of it.

Progesterone, Vitamin D
Posted by Cat (Bop, Nz) on 05/09/2012

For those with Vitamin D deficiencies, have you tried Cod Liver Oil? It's the highest form of Vit D apart from the sun and since it's natural, you could do no harm taking this oil - capsules would eliminate having to taste it!! Also good for re-mineralising teeth I've heard and am about to start it for just that reason.

Progesterone, Vitamin D
Posted by Erin (Los Angeles, Ca/ Usa) on 05/08/2012

My total cholesterol is 110, my progesterone levels are really low and my vitamin D is 30 even though I have been supplementing 10,000 iu every day. I know that progesterone and vitamin d are derived from cholesterol but I can't seem to keep the levels up. I do fish oil and eat meat. I don't eat dairy or eggs. Any suggestions to boost these levels? Or is there a problem with my liver or intestinal system?

Garlic and Lemon
Posted by Mississippi (Brookhaven, Ms) on 05/07/2012

What is a small glass... 6 or 4oz...... Do you take it first thing in the morning or when? How long should you do this? Mississippi Girl

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nancy (Jacksonville, Fl) on 04/28/2012

How much ACV and honey per dose?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Christine (Havana, Fl) on 04/17/2012

I will try this along with changing my diet and walking. My cholesterol total is 263. Triglycerides 115, HDL 62, LDL 178. I was on Crestor had side effects so I stop taking them.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lovenlife (Philadelphia) on 04/17/2012

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rodd (Houston, Tx) on 04/16/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Well this is my first time writing on this site.. My sister turned me on to it.. I'll get right to the point..

6mths(10 /11) ago I was getting chest pains and ignoring them due to they werent very bad but starting more frequent.. my cholestrol was 268-triglycerides was 167-LDL was 160-hdl was 42 glucose avg was about 150 to 220 daily...

I went to the doctor three weeks ago(3/18/ 12).. They thought I had an artery blocked. I did the radio isatope(nuclear) test and everything came back perfect.. My blood pressure was 113/68(im 41yrs old).. I started working out doing interval training(AKA getting my heart rate up and down every 5min from 100 to 135 and back for 1 hour)this alone lowered my sugar every single time... Started the acv (1table spoon 3times a day)cocnut oil(1 tsp 3 times a day).. My new results--sugar avg is now in the low hundreds and even dips into the 90s (amazing considering im hypothyroid and pre diabetic).. My cholestrol as of today (4/15/ 12) total cholestrol is 158 (110 point drop)trygs 104 (63 point drop).. LDL is 101(59 point drop ) hdl 40 (2 point drop but was fine before.. I've only been taking the coconut oil and Apple Cider Vinegar for three weeks.. Amazing!!! Hope this can help someone.. Also.. No chest pains in the last 4 days.. I'm not saying that all this had anything to do with my chest pains nor the doctors but is kinda strange they suddenly stopped.. I'm still keeping up with the doctors just to make sure... Have a great day everyone.. Any people from houston or wherever want to contact me just reply here first and then we will see..

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Khurram (Jeddah, Western) on 04/14/2012

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...

Posted by Missisippi Girl (Brookhaven, Mississippi) on 04/09/2012

Water may be the answer but how much? You can drink too much water also....... Mississippi girl.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ladyliza (Granada Hills, Ca) on 04/09/2012 31 posts

For those who want to save money and be healthy, find an MD of Integrative Medicine. Sometimes it is also called Functional Medicine or Orthomolecular Medicine. If you use a chiropractor or other natural practicioner, your insurance probably won't pay for it. If you cannot afford insurance, use a naturopath or nutritionist. It is also not necesary to purchase your supplements from your practicioner. You will pay double for them. There are many quality brands but cheapest is probably not best quality. Check out Consumerlabs.com. I use iherb. Com, vitacost. Com, amazon. com, and luckyvitamin.com.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Carol (Waynesboro, Ga) on 04/05/2012

I wonder if "Yea" might have glucose intolerance..... please talk more about glucose intolerance.

Posted by Wayne (Huntington Beach, Ca Usa) on 04/04/2012

Hello: In late January, I had bad cholesterol of 181. I don't know what the other numbers were. I was prescribed statins. I didn't take any. Instead, I started an exercise and diet program.

DIET: I cut out all red meat, switched to soy milk. Primarily, I would eat pinto beans with brown rice for dinner with salsa and avocado, sometimes a veggie chicken patty with brown rice and veggies. Breakfast was nonfat greek yogurt or a flax muffin. Lunches were sushi or a subway veggie delight sandwich on wheat. Occasionally, I would eat chicken and fish. I tried NOT to eat anything with saturated fat at all. Lots of bran!

EXERCISE: This might be the most important element. I exercised nearly every day. 45 minutes on the eliptical M-F and an hour on the weekends, plus some weights and crunches on the weekends. If you want to lower your bad cholesterol, YOU MUST EXERCISE LIKE THIS.

PILLS: I started out trying lecithin and red yeast rice, but I read that red yeast rice is identical to taking a statin, and not regulated so they can have a lot of impurities in red yeast rice. The lecithin made me headachy and, I think, made me have heart palpitations. So instead, I decided to try one pill of D-Limonine (Orange Oil), one pill of Fish Oil and one pill of Psyllium every day.

RESULT: I think I started this on January 25 or so. My blood was tested on March 29. Got the results today and my bad cholesterol was only 127!!!!! Hooray!!!

I don't know what the other numbers were, I was just too happy about my bad cholesterol. No idea if the Orange Oil was the key, but I am going to keep taking it and try to get my bad cholesterol under 100. I think exercise and weight loss are critical, however. I lost about 20 pounds in about two months. Good luck to all!