Natural and herbal treatments are now available and these traditional treatments give you several options to control your cholesterol levels and changing to a healthy lifestyle.
It is of great importance to understand your risk factors by identifying your cholesterol levels and how it may affect your overall health and possible risk of a heart attack. Create a regimen that encompasses traditional of natural treatments from consultations with your doctor. Research has shown that for every 1% reduction in cholesterol levels, there is a 2% reduction in the rate of heart disease. This should be a strong incentive in controlling your cholesterol levels.
There are several approaches available to lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL thus reducing the risk of heart diseases:
Cholesterol Lowering Drugs
Statins have been successful in lowering cholesterol level by inhibiting the synthesis of cholesterol by the liver. These approved prescription drugs are mostly expensive and have many side effects to deal with.
Natural and Herbal Supplements
Natural and herbal supplements such as Policosanol, Guggul , Fish-oil, Cur cumin, Garlic, Niacin and Beta Carotene have shown to be effective in controlling high cholesterol and thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
Cholesterol Lowering Foods
Cholesterol lowering foods such as avocados, almonds, olive oil, soy beans, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, chili peppers, oat bran, beans (kidney, pintos, black, navy, etc.), onions, fatty fish, and flax seed play a crucial role in lowering LDL and sometimes raising HDL levels.
Low Cholesterol Diet
The best defense against heart disease is a healthy diet. National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has even introduced a dietary program as a "prescription" for reducing heart disease risk.
Lifestyle changes such as exercise, smoking cessation, weight loss and following a healthy diet can reduce cholesterol levels and thus the risk of heart disease.