|How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally|
by Mary Ellen Bingham, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.
Q. How can you lower your cholesterol (slightly elevated) without taking prescription drugs?
A. An active lifestyle and healthy diet can go a long way when you're trying to lower cholesterol naturally. Master these, and your whole life might change.
Cholesterol travels through the blood in little structures called lipoproteins. These vehicles also contain proteins and other stuff. HDL and LDL stand for high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein. HDL has more protein; LDL has more cholesterol. Which do you think is the bad guy?
You're right. LDL. This little villain likes to make its home inside blood-vessel walls, which can narrow them and make them less flexible.
The good guy, HDL, shuffles cholesterol out of the bloodstream and into the liver.
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Natural Tip 1: Choose Good Fats
One key to solving cholesterol woes (or preventing them) is to choose the right fats.
In contrast, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, such as those in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, are beneficial. They can help raise your HDL and lower the LDL. (Of course, remember that even the healthy fats are high in calories, so don’t overdo it!)
Click here for another dietary tip: plant sterols for lower cholesterol.
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Last updated and/or approved: June 2011. Original article appeared in May/June 2008 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.