Excess amounts of cholesterol build up in the walls of your arteries. This restricts the flow of blood and can result in a heart attack or stroke. In order to manage your cholesterol you have to understand the difference between HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and a triglyceride. LDL cholesterol is known as the bad cholesterol. It is responsible for plaque formation in the walls of your arteries.
Even more dangerous than the side effects of prescription drugs to lower cholesterol is not getting cholesterol under control. Over time, high cholesterol can lead to numerous conditions of the heart and arteries, not the least of which are atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), stroke or heart attack.
Natural relief of high cholesterol is a subject more and more people are starting to gain an interest in as the side effect risks associated with statin medications become more numerous. Just the other day a study linked the very popular statin medications with an increased risk of diabetes. Not an insignificant finding that went virtually unnoticed.
By all means, discuss all nutritional options that you are using to reduce your cholesterol levels with your health care provider. He or she may determine that diet, physical activity and weight management are not enough in lowering your cholesterol levels.
Soluble fiber binds with bile acids and cholesterol, interfering with the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol, as well as with the recirculation of cholesterol and bile acids. The fiber takes the cholesterol that is bound to it with it as it leaves the body. Good sources of soluble fiber include oats (particularly oat bran), certain fruits (such as oranges and pears) and vegetables (such as brussels sprouts and carrots), and dried peas and beans.