Lowering Cholesterol

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    Jun 16, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    My cholesterol has always been borderline high, enough for the doc to mention it but not high enough for him to recommend anything other than oatmeal.

    So for the last 6 months or so I have been working out religiously. Eating more fruits, some veggies (way more than before but admittedly not much), oatmeal every day, weight lifting and cardio, no junk food, minimal processed carbs, etc.

    And today my cholesterol is up. ACK.

    What next? I really don't want to take statins! Any other dietary recommendations?

    Thanks.
  • seven_deadly_...

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    Jun 18, 2010 8:06 PM GMT
    Hey ejay,

    I was just talking with my brother about this. He says that red rice yeast will lower cholesterol, although it's apparently potent enough that it's practically a drug itself. I've not done any research into this, so I don't know if it's true or not. A very quick Google search turned up this link on the Mayo Clinic's site:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-yeast-rice/ns_patient-redyeast
  • mybud

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    Jun 18, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    ejay79 saidMy cholesterol has always been borderline high, enough for the doc to mention it but not high enough for him to recommend anything other than oatmeal.

    So for the last 6 months or so I have been working out religiously. Eating more fruits, some veggies (way more than before but admittedly not much), oatmeal every day, weight lifting and cardio, no junk food, minimal processed carbs, etc.

    And today my cholesterol is up. ACK.

    What next? I really don't want to take statins! Any other dietary recommendations?

    Thanks.


    Dude oatmeal is your friend......choose the leanest cuts of meat while partaking ...chicken...fish....are your friends.....lower your body fat by doing anything cardio related....swimming....running or walking...stair stepper...
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    Jun 19, 2010 12:27 PM GMT
    Dark Chocolate may lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol up to 10%icon_biggrin.gif

    Omega-3 fatty acids will lower triglycerides. Triglycerides along with LDL cholesterol predisposes to atherosclerosis. Omega-3 fatty acids do not usually lower LDL cholesterol.icon_sad.gif Omega-3 fatty acids are plentiful in fish, and fish oil. There are other sources.

    Blueberries have a compound (pterostilbene) which will lower cholesterol

    Pistachios.... a Penn State study showed that eating pistachios significantly lowers LDL cholesterol levels....Walnuts and Almonds also work well

    100% Cranberry Juice can raise HDL (good) cholesterol and slow down the oxidation of LDL. Oxidized LDL causes inflammation in the blood vessels and atherosclerosis.

    Trans fats increase the amount of oxidized LDL. Trans fats are being phased out.

    Use the monounsaturated fats olive oil and canola oil

    "The Harvard Men's Health Watch Journal" does not recommend red yeast rice even though it will lower cholesterol. When rice is fermented with a certain yeast, various substances are produced.
    Mevinolin is the most potent of these, and is the statin drug lovastatin (brand name Mevacor).
    Since it contains a statin, red yeast rice will have all the side effects associated with the prescription statins. When a physician prescribes a statin, he does lab work to make sure that the statin is not damaging the liver. He also monitors the patient for muscle damage. Since the FDA does not monitor the manufacturing process of supplements, the amount of statin may vary markedly from bottle to bottle. Supplements can also be tainted with toxins. The Mayo Clinic article mentions a harmful toxin produced by the yeast.
    Health insurance will pay for the prescription form. Some pharmacies offer the generic form for only 4 dollars.This is a lot cheaper than you would you would pay at a supplement store for red yeast rice. If your cholesterol is high enough that a statin is necessary, the prescription form is safer, cheaper and more effective.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 19, 2010 2:22 PM GMT
    seven_deadly_monkeys saidHey ejay,

    I was just talking with my brother about this. He says that red rice yeast will lower cholesterol, although it's apparently potent enough that it's practically a drug itself. I've not done any research into this, so I don't know if it's true or not. A very quick Google search turned up this link on the Mayo Clinic's site:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-yeast-rice/ns_patient-redyeast



    Yep, red yeast rice was taken off the shelves about 10 yrs ago because it works as well as the prescription drugs. But it is now available again otc.

    Also, CoQ10.....but you have to dose it above 200 mgs a day. Very good for high blood pressure too.

    Flax seed oil

    Maitake mushroom

    Hawthorne

    etc, etc, etc.....

    It's all out there, ready for you to try. I know a few people swear by CoQ10 and Maitake mushroom for their cholesterol.

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    Jun 19, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    May I suggest that you start taking green tea with your meals? It was a habit I picked up when I was posted to Shanghai, and it has helped keep my cholesterol level in check ever since.
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    Jun 22, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    Thanks for all of the suggestions!

    While overall my diet has been good, I can certainly tweak it a bit more. And also, it never seems to fail that I either go on vacation or have functions to go to where I eat stuff I normally don't in the weeks right before my blood draws.

    So next time I made a note on my calendar to be extra careful about my diet in the month prior to the blood test, in addition to making additional changes thanks to your recommendations.
  • shogun4836

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    May 22, 2012 10:52 AM GMT
    Celticmusl said
    seven_deadly_monkeys saidHey ejay,

    I was just talking with my brother about this. He says that red rice yeast will lower cholesterol, although it's apparently potent enough that it's practically a drug itself. I've not done any research into this, so I don't know if it's true or not. A very quick Google search turned up this link on the Mayo Clinic's site:

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/red-yeast-rice/ns_patient-redyeast



    Yep, red yeast rice was taken off the shelves about 10 yrs ago because it works as well as the prescription drugs. But it is now available again otc.

    Also, CoQ10.....but you have to dose it above 200 mgs a day. Very good for high blood pressure too.

    Flax seed oil

    Maitake mushroom

    Hawthorne

    etc, etc, etc.....

    It's all out there, ready for you to try. I know a few people swear by CoQ10 and Maitake mushroom for their cholesterol.






    This is other information on Maitake mushroom, I hope that it may be interesting for you.


    http://the-maitake-mushroom.blogspot.com
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    May 22, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    Cut out shrimp and crab, and start taking time-released niacin. Lowered mine from 230 to 150 in six months.
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    May 22, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    My cholesterol has always been on the high side, but my blood pressure is low.... so, i did a no wheat no corn diet for 2 months... it was for leaky gut syndrome..... but guess what my cholesterol dropped from 7.2 to almost normal 5.3. All the above stuff that others have suggested does work especially the red rice yeast. Now, i eat rice bread, oatmeal and a lot of other healthy stuff. Also, leg exercise increases testosterone which also uses cholesterol. Good luck
  • Lincsbear

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    May 22, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
    What`s your weight?

    Do you know what your body fat percentage is? You could try lowering it by more cardio and cutting fat from your diet.

    Best wishes!