What is the Best Way to Reduce Cholesterol?

High cholesterol can be a major risk factor for strokes. Cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries, reducing Clogged Arteryblood flow to the heart and brain. A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is reduced or stopped. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients. High cholesterol can lead to a stroke. So, my question is “what is the best way to reduce cholesterol?”

We’ve all heard about it and many of us have been put on cholesterol medicine, but I want know what is the best way to reduce cholesterol naturally or through, diet, exercise, etc. I don’t just want to be told to take this pill. I want someone to point out all the ways to reduce cholesterol and let me make an educated decision, with my doctor.

Your Doctor’s Advice

DocterMost of us rely on our doctor’s, especially with more severe health problems like heart disease and stroke. I want to point out right away here that the choices made on how to reduce your cholesterol level needs to be made between you and your doctor. Tell the doctor if you are experiencing side effects to a prescription and be forthright with the medical staff if you want to pursue more natural means of reducing your cholesterol.

I have been in several situations where I was told they were going to put me on several prescriptions and I basically said “No!” I asked the doctor to work with me on monitoring my health more regularly and asked him to help me find other ways to improve my health without using medication.

I don’t want to be on prescription drugs the remainder of my life just because I have had a stroke.

Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol

Here is a list of several ways to reduce high cholesterol “without” medication:Fiber

  • Limit the use of saturated fats and trans fats
  • Include more fiber into your diet
  • Eat right
  • Eat more oats
  • Eat more barley and whole grain foods
  • Eat more foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acidsFish
  • Eat more beans, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Eat more eggplant and okra
  • Eat more apples, grapes, strawberries and citrus fruits
  • Eat more soybeans and foods made from them
  • Add whey protein to your diet
  • Reduce sugars
  • Exercise
  • Lose excess weight

Some items in this list were found in an article from Health Harvard.

Let’s Focus in on the Best Ways to Reduce High Cholesterol

As you can see from the previous list, there are many natural ways to help us reduce high cholesterol and all of them are within our control. There are times when people need to go on cholesterol medicine but my focus here is to help find ways to do this naturally, in hopes that we never have to take a pill.

Here are the main things at the top of many lists on how to reduce your bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost your good cholesterol (HDL).Eat Healthy

  • Limit saturated fats and trans fats in your diet
  • Eat more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats
  • Eat healthy
  • Add more fruits and vegetables to you diet
  • Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Increase soluble fiber
  • Lose weight

I’m About to get Into Trouble

I am not a doctor. I am only a stroke survivor.

There are so many ways to reduce high cholesterol and the opinions as to what are the best ways are many. Let’s do what I always recommend here and just simplify this a little.

We’re not trying to be perfect and claim that we are all going to make the changes overnight. We’re also not claiming to abide by every item on the lists above. The main theme here is to start with something simple and then add to it over time.

So here are Rick’s thoughts on the best way to lower high cholesterol:

  1. Start the process of eating healthy
  2. Cook with healthy fats
  3. Add more fruits and vegetables to you day
  4. Start eating more fish

Walking

If you will start “moving” towards these four items above then you will become more healthy and you will, most likely, have a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.
 

16 Comments on “What is the Best Way to Reduce Cholesterol?”

    1. That was me. Young, healthy, no fear of anything. Now, not so much. I’m learning after the fact but I hope to help millions of others before the fact.

  1. Hi Ricky,
    Thank you,for this great article i have had Cholesterol issue since i was a teenager, and it always surprises me why my cholesterol stays high and am not overweight! You have given me a great secret that of eating fish am lucky i love fish though i have not been eating regularly,Now i should.

    1. This is one I am still working on myself. I like fish but sometimes it is a little expensive and other times when I make it, my wife complains of the smell in the house. I have heard of some ways people say the smell can be reduced. I have to look into that more or use the grill for cooking the fish.

  2. Good and informative article and I agree that diet is the major problem in the world today. It amazes me when I see what people are putting in their shopping trolleys and especially those who are overweight or obese. These people will get a reality check and unfortunately for many, it will be too late. I also like the layout of your website

    1. Thank you so much. I just wished I would have learned these lessons earlier and not be one of the people with the shopping carts you were just talking about. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.

  3. Hey Rick, this is a very sensible well written post on reducing our cholesterol intake, eating healthier meals like you suggest and partaking regular exercise is key. Common sense to ditch the pills and take this obvious advice in my view. Along with regular weekend walks, we’ve taken up swimming a few times a week and cut down on takeaways to once per week, the rest of the week we eat more fish, veg and fruit. What’s your take on swimming for exercise?
    Thanks, Simon.

    1. I love swimming for exercise especially since it is also easier on my joints than running. The one thing I have to be careful of is not not just do a relaxed swim. I think I get a better workout when I also incorporate sprints and other strokes. Now I do some sprints, different strokes, followed by a long swim. Love the exercise and the hot tub after the swim.

  4. Really informative, especially for someone who already has a high cholesterol. But I think exercise is a really good one too because of the increased circulation and reduced stress. Many people tend to forget about that one (maybe purposely lol)

    1. Your right about forgetting about the exercise. I always hear about eating better and reducing saturated fats when it comes to cholesterol and the exercise part seems to get left off many times. The bottom line for me and everyone is that we need to be healthy in all areas of our lives including food, sleep, exercise, etc. Thanks for stopping by and reminding us all of the exercise component.

  5. Hi Rick,

    I was Googling the best ways to reduce cholesterol and found your article. Was at the Doctors recently and mines a little high, nothing too serious, but it could do with coming down a bit.

    I screen shot your suggestions and I may start off with a few I find palatable and incorporate them into tasty meals. I guess, it has to be done at some point in our lives.

    Thank you for this valuable information and I hope many others will receive the same benefit I have.

    Regards,

    Philip.

    1. Starting with a few simple things is one of the keys to success, in my opinion. It’s so hard to make big changes all at once and the permanent lifestyle change should be our goal. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. This is definitely an informative article. And I agree, that natural methods are the way to go, instead of being on meds/pills that potentially give side effects or create other issues.

    1. They all have their place but if we would do more to take care of ourselves than those little pills would not be recommended near as much. I appreciate your input.

  7. I liked your article. Very educational. Many people believe that their health problems can only be taken care by doctors. As a former nurse, I have seen so many peoples prescribed statin medications and experience many nasty side effects. Medications do not get down to the root cause of the problem. In some cases, they are only going to make your health worse. Nutrition is truly our medicine. By eating properly as mentioned in your article can help take back your health. Many modern diseases are not caused by lack of medicine, so why treat the problem with medicine when the root cause is simply the foods we consume. Thank you for the information.

    1. Thank you for the great reply. I think sometimes we give our healthcare providers to much grief when we choose to place the blame for how much medication is prescribed when a lot of times we look for the easy way out and are ecstatic when that little pill will take care of everything. The hard choice is to get up off the couch and start preparing good food and take the time to workout. I really appreciate your perspective coming from a nurse’s point of view.

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