Are Any Natural Methods Effective for Lowering Cholesterol?
Have any natural methods to lower high cholesterol been proven effective?
Of course, diet and exercise are the first things to try when working to lower cholesterol. Not only are they usually free of dangerous side effects, but they are relatively inexpensive and good for your overall health and well-being.
Beyond that, many different natural remedies have been popular over the years for high cholesterol treatment. Some have more evidence in their favor than others. Some of these natural remedies include:
- Alpha-linoleic acid
- Artichoke extract
- Blond psyllium
- Evening primrose oil
- Fish oil
- Guar gum
- Inositol nicotinate
- Oat bran
- Plant stanols
- Plant sterols
- Red yeast rice
Among this list, the ones with the most evidence to suggest that they might be safe and effective for high cholesterol include barley, beta-glucans, blond psyllium, niacin, oat bran, and plant stanols and sterols. In addition, fish oil appears to be effective for high triglycerides. For the others, either the safety or effectiveness of the product is questionable.
Notice the overlap between these natural medicines and a heart-healthy diet. Many of these natural medicines are commonly found naturally in heart-healthy fruits and vegetables.