Are there any natural health products that can lower my cholesterol levels?
Dr Choi's response:
Research into this area is not as strict as for pharmaceutical products; however, there are a few products that might be helpful in some moderate cases of elevated cholesterol levels. Fish oils high in omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce cholesterol levels. Soy protein has been shown to reduce the "bad" LDL cholesterol when included in a diet low in saturated fats. Plant sterols, included in some margarines, may help to reduce cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber (such as oats, pectin, and psyllium) helps to reduce the bad cholesterol as well. It is recommended that you get about 5 to 10 grams a day. Garlic may or may not lower cholesterol levels, but it tastes good and does no harm. There has been no evidence that vitamins help to reduce cholesterol. In general, these natural health products bring about only modest changes in a person's cholesterol level. In all cases, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any natural health products.