Products to Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels are the primary cause of heart disease among men and women. When the arteries are clogged with elevated levels of cholesterol, normal blood flow is reduced or ceases, and often there is no preliminary sign until heart attack or stroke occurs. Fortunately, there are many products available to help reduce cholesterol levels without having to turn to prescribed medications. Always consult with a physician before starting new supplements to further ensure safety with the use of new products.

Red Yeast Rice

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that red yeast rice is a cholesterol-lowering product useful in people who cannot tolerate medications with statins in them. Red yeast rice significantly reduces the levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol. In this controlled study, participants were provided daily capsule supplements of red yeast rice, and compared to a placebo, there was a significant decrease in LDL without risk of liver damage, which can be a problem with medications containing statins. Red yeast rice can be found at natural food stores as an over-the-counter supplement.

Flaxseed and Fish Oil

Flaxseed is a product that can be added to food either as a ground powder or as an oil. Flaxseed is rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acid, which is essential for the body to process in order to reduce blood pressure and blood clots to lower cholesterol levels. Fish oil is also similar in its function of processing acids in the body to reduce cholesterol. According to the Mayo Clinic, both products are effective in lowering cholesterol due to the omega fatty acids present in each supplement. Flaxseed and fish oil can be found in local health food sections of grocery stores or at health food stores.

Food Products

Nuts have been found to be effective in reducing cholesterol due to the fiber, vitamins, plant sterols and omega-3 fatty acids in the product. The Food and Drug Administration recommends eating a handful of nuts such as peanuts, soy nuts, almonds or walnuts each day to promote healthy cholesterol levels. Drinking pomegranate juice has also been recommended to lower cholesterol because of the high levels of antioxidants present in the fruit. Also recommended for edible cholesterol reduction is artichokes, leafy green vegetables and avoiding foods with saturated fats.

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Aureau Walding is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri. Walding has worked in the field for a decade and she utilizes a holistic and strengths-based approach. She has published articles on topics such as anxiety, addiction, and social change for LIVESTRONG and Examiner.com.