natural cholesterol control

  1. Beat LDL cholesterol with beans

    Nature's answer for LDL cholesterol

    Let's take a moment to appreciate the humble bean.

    Beans are inexpensive, taste great and can be prepared as a side dish, part of a main dish, worked into salad or added to soups and stews.

    And packed inside each and every bean is something the mad scientists of the drug industry only wish they could invent: powerful disease-fighting nutrients.

    Now, new research shows how lentils, beans and other legumes have the power to help control cholesterol levels naturally.

    Just a single three-quarter-cup serving per day can bring your LDL cholesterol levels down by 5 percent, or enough to help bring slightly elevated cholesterol levels right back to where they need to be.

    Drugs, on the other hand, "work" too well. They often cause LDL to drop to dangerously low levels, which in turn can block your body from absorbing vitamins A, D, K, and E, CoQ10 and more.

    Low cholesterol can also damage your immune system, cause memory loss and even increase your risk of cancer.

    Yes, cholesterol can get too high, but I've found that mainstream standards are set far too low. In many cases, the levels doctors routinely treat with drugs are actually perfectly safe and preferable.

    And if your cholesterol levels do rise to the point where there's a concern, turn to natural remedies to bring them down.

    You can start by adding more of those beans I just mentioned to your diet. Just don't go overboard, you know what too many beans can do to your belly (not to mention your social life).

    If a serving of beans alone won't do the trick, add other proven cholesterol-lowering foods such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes. Along with bringing your LDL levels down in safer, smaller increments, each of these delicious fruits are packed with other disease-fighting nutrients, too.

    Still need more help? You don't need a med -- just a little more activity. Exercise, even light exercise such as a brisk daily walk, can bring both LDL cholesterol and triglycerides down to where they need to be.

    And if you've tried all that and still struggle with your cholesterol, consider red yeast rice. It's nature's own statin -- so effective at reducing LDL that one drug is essentially a synthetic clone of the active compound in red yeast rice.

    I had the complete story in the December 2013 edition of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations.

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  2. Strawberries can slash LDL levels

    A berry good way to control cholesterol

    If you want proof of God, look no further than the humble strawberry.

    Plucked right out of the garden, it's pretty much perfect -- far tastier than anything the junk industry's mad scientists can cook up. And while junk foods are loaded with life-ruining chemicals, strawberries are overflowing with life-giving, disease-fighting antioxidants.

    It's a sure sign that the man upstairs not only wants us to be healthy, but to enjoy every minute of it.

    Now, new research confirms just one of the many ways strawberries can improve your health: eat them regularly, and you could see your levels of LDL cholesterol (bad)l fall by as much as 13 percent and your triglycerides plunge by a whopping 20 percent in just one month.

    If a new pharmaceutical could cut triglycerides by 20 percent, you can bet it would be marketed as the next great "wonder drug" no matter what kind of awful side effects it came with.

    Strawberries, on the other hand, can do it naturally and with no side effects at all other than maybe a fight for the last one in the bowl.

    The one downside to the study is that the patients who took part ate a lot of strawberries. They were given more than a pound a day, and that's a habit that could get expensive fast, especially if you prefer organic strawberries.

    But you don't have to buy a berry farm or eat the things until you turn red to get the benefits of strawberries, because other studies have found that strawberries can help in much more reasonable amounts.

    More importantly, these other studies show that strawberries don't simply reduce LDL cholesterol (which, despite what you've heard, is actually essential in certain amounts) -- they can actually cut the most damaging form of cholesterol, oxidized LDL.

    One study found that a daily dose of strawberries can cut spikes in oxidized LDL cholesterol by 115 percent, and all you need is two-thirds of a cup a day.

    Strawberries of course are just one example of a basic food plucked right from nature that can help control cholesterol. Apples, too, can also do the trick -- and you can get the details on that in this free report from my House Calls archives.

    Forget the statins. Make some fruit salad instead.

  3. Calcium deposits predict heart risk

    Levels of calcium in the artery are one of the best predictors of heart risk -- not cholesterol.
  4. Benefits of apples better than statins

    An apple a day can save about as many lives as statins -- but without the risks, according to new research.
  5. New rules double use of cholesterol meds

    They say there are two things you never want to see being made: laws, and sausages. Let's add a third one to that list: medical guidelines. Especially for widely used drugs like cholesterol meds. The rules, regulations and procedures your doctor is expected to follow -- the guidelines he's supposed to use when making critical decisions about your health -- are the product of a badly flawed system heavily stacked in favor of the drug industry. Continue reading →
  6. Could an apple a day drive LDL cholesterol down?

    Research shows that apples may rival statins in their cholesterol-fighting abilities. One study found that this delicious fall fruit could reduce LDL cholesterol levels by an astounding 40 percent in just a month.
  7. Statin drugs can rob you of your vision

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can increase your risk of cataracts by more than a quarter, according to new research.
  8. Statins boost cancer risk in women

    Statins can increase the risk of breast cancer in women, according to new research.
  9. Statin side effects cause sprains, strains and dislocations

    Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can increase your risk of muscle sprains and strains, dislocations and other problems.
  10. Cholesterol meds may cause diabetes

    New research confirms that statin drugs -- including some of the best-selling drugs in the world -- can increase the risk of diabetes.
  11. New cholesterol drug isn’t for you

    A new cholesterol med combines two old ones -- but you don't need any of these drugs to get your LDL under control.
  12. Why you need normal LDL levels

    You've heard LDL cholesterol is bad. But it's not as bad as you've been lead to believe. In fact, you need it -- so don't bring your levels down too far.
  13. Statins and acute kidney injury

    Common statin drugs can increase your risk of acute kidney damage by more than a third, according to a new warning.
  14. Apples can slash LDL cholesterol

    An apple a day can keep the statins away, as new research finds the fruit can actually cut levels of LDL cholesterol by up to 40 percent in just 30 days.
  15. Apples can cut cholesterol levels

    Want to lower your cholesterol? Don't try drugs -- try plain old apples. A new study shows how this fruit can help lower LDL and even raise HDL levels.
  16. Needless statins put you at risk for diabetes and more

    Researchers are trying to push a plan to give cholesterol meds to everyone -- but the risks are too great, and natural therapies are far more effective.

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