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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