Moderately high cholesterol - drugs or herbs?!


Moderately high cholesterol - drugs or herbs?

Has anyone taken herbal remedies for high cholesterol? I would like to avoid the statin drugs. My chol. is 210.


I am a 41 yo male in otherwise good health. I was at 211 in February, with 60 LDL (good). My doc said that I had 2 bad reports in a row, so I needed to do something to get it down or start taking a statin. So, here is what I am doing: Eat fatty fish at least 3 times a week. I eat canned sardines most days for lunch. Cut out all eggs. Cut red meat back to once a week, except venison. Very limited bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. Started taking red yeast rice (1,200 mg per day). I now eat at least a tablespoon of Benocol per day. Smart Balance also works, but according to Johns Hopkins, its effects lessen after a few months use. I also eat oatmeal 3-4 times per week. I maintained my excercise level at 5 days per week, 45 minutes per day. My cholesterol dropped to 155 in 4 months, 44 LDL and 10 triglicerides. Good luck.

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