Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Perhaps the potential side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs has forced you to look for a natural approach to lowering cholesterol. Well, here are 3 natural ways that may help to lower your cholesterol.
1. Incorporate beta glucans in your diet. Beta glucans are type of polysaccharides that bind bile acids in the colon and carry it out through the bowels. Since bile acids are derived from cholesterol in the liver, beta glucans can help to lower cholesterol. Beta glucans can also stimulate the immune system. What are sources? Oats – They contain beta glucans and this accounts why oatmeal can help lower cholesterol. It is not just because of the fiber content. Other sources include yeast (Saccharomyces cervisiae), and Maitake, Shitake mushrooms. Beta Glucans are also available as a supplement as 1,3/1,6 Beta Glucan. How much to take? Recommended is about 750 mg of 1,3/1,6 Beta Glucan in a supplement form. There is also a food form of this. First there is oats. But there is a beta glucan derived from oats called NUTRIM which contains a larger amount of beta glucans and is more edible than oatmeal.
Important: Make sure you take Vitamin A, D, E and K as these fat soluble vitamins can possibly be depleted with taking Beta Glucans and eating oats.
2. Incorporate Beta-Sitosterols –in your diet. These are a type of plant sterols that can also bind bile acids in the intestinal tract working similar to Beta glucans. What are sources? Saw Palmetto, Pumpkin Seeds, Pygeum Africanum – yes, the same herbs that support men’s prostate health. How much to take? About 1 gram of a combined sitosterols with Beta sitosterols being the majority of sitosterols. A good brand is Swanson’s Beta sitosterols, Important: As with Beta Glucans, make sure you take Vitamin A, D, E and K as these fat soluble vitamins can possibly be depleted with taking Beta Sitosterols
3. Red Yeast Rice – This is a natural “LovaStatin” like substance. In fact when the first statin, cholesterol lowering drug Lovostatin came out, the manufacturers were trying to prevent Red Yeast Rice from being sold as a dietary supplement. Why is this? Because Red Yeast rice and Lovastatin are made in a similar manner, namely the fermentation of rice with various strains of the yeast Monascus purpureus. And not only was the Red Yeast Rice just as effective as the Lovastatin but it was cheaper too and it still is. How does it work? The fermentation product produces a product called Lovasatin which inhibits in the liver the production of cholesterol. Also the Beta-Sitosterols bind bile acids as mentioned above.
How much to take? 2400 mg of red yeast. Red Yeast Rice comes in 600 mg capsules. You would have to take 4 capsules a day. Also it would be good to take CoQ10 to prevent CoQ10 depletion as is the case with regular Statin drugs.