High cholesterol levels are of great concern due to its association with heart disease. Although there are drug therapies available for high cholesterol natural remedies are preferable when they are effective to avoid the risk of side effects which can be seen with drug therapy. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians reports there are naturopathic approaches for the management of your cholesterol levels.
There has been an association found between high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes with an increased risk of having a heart attack. There is also an association between high cholesterol and an increased risk of death due to heart disease. The treatment of choice in conventional medicine for the control of cholesterol are the statin drugs. Several studies have shown decreased coronary deaths when high cholesterol is treated with statin drugs. However side effects such as muscle aches, headaches, bloating, abdominal cramping, nausea and liver toxicity can occur with statin drugs.
It is essential to modify your diet to control elevated cholesterol levels. Saturated fat and trans fatty acids should be avoided because they both contribute to increased production of cholesterol. It is important to decrease overall consumption of fats from dairy products, red meat, and processed foods to help control cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Consumption of refined sugar is also associated with increased cholesterol and triglycerides. This includes a consideration of the high-fructose corn syrup which is often used in sodas and processed foods. Eating fiber rich foods from fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and legumes may also be helpful.
Other agents which may help lower cholesterol levels include cold-water fish, omega-3 oils (EPA and DHA), pantethine , gugulipids, and vitamin C. Onions and garlic may also be helpful. Regular aerobic exercise also directly helps control cholesterol levels and maintain good cardiovascular health.
Harvard Medical School reports that the traditional cornerstones of heart health which include diet and exercise can help control your cholesterol levels. It is advisable to eat more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats to help control cholesterol levels. Plant-derived oils such as sunflower, olive, canola, safflower, grapeseed, and peanut oils generally contain both of these.
Seeds, nuts, soybeans, avocados, and fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring are also excellent sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Eating fruits and vegetables also helps to decrease cholesterol. So remember it may be possible to control your cholesterol levels and maintain heart health without drugs by eating healthy food and exercising regularly.