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How to Cure High Cholesterol Without Medication

Updated on October 27, 2016

Dangers of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the main causes of heart attack and stroke. It forms as a plaque like substances that lines the artery walls and can cause dangerous blockages. If your doctor has prescribed medication for high cholesterol, take it as scheduled, until you are told your cholesterol levels are healthy. Lifestyle and the type of foods we eat will affect our cholesterol levels. Unhealthy cholesterol levels can lead to medical problems and high doctors bills.

If you have a family history of this condition, take steps to, change your diet, start a regime of exercise, and of course, see you family doctor for a blood test, to see what your blood levels are. People who don't like to exercise, cringe at the thought of exercising. One of the best and easiest ways to begin to exercise is the walk every day. Start with 10 minutes one or twice a day and build up.


Types of Cholesterol

There are good and bad types of cholesterol, the good kind is called HDL and bad kind called triglycerides or LDL.

Raising your (HDL) can help counteract bad, or LDL. Let's look at some way to quickly lower them and improve your health.

Many people are overweight and obese, there is a health crisis in the US and other nations. There is a distinct relationship between obesity and from high LDL levels.

Total Cholesterol

Acceptable Level
Borderline Level
Serious Risk
Less than 200 mg
200 mg to 239 mg
240 mg and higher
Triglycerides should be less than n150 mg/dl. Consult your physician and know what your cholesterol levels are.

LDL Cholesterol Level

Acceptable Level
Boarderline Level
Risk Level
Less than 100 mg/dL
130–159 mg/dL
160–189 mg/dL
Triglycerides also can raise your risk for heart disease. If your triglyceride level is borderline high (150–199 mg/dL) or high (200 mg/dL or higher), you may need treatment.

HDL Cholesterol Level

Acceptable Level
Boarderline Level
Serious Risk
Less than 40 mg/dL
40–59 mg/dL
40–59 mg/dL
A blood test called a lipoprotein panel can measure your cholesterol levels.

Foods that Lower High Cholesterol Levels


It is well known that garlic is good for your health. Most people do not want to go around repelling friends and neighbors with the pungent smell of this health improving bulb. You do not have to each fresh garlic.

You can purchase garlic tablets made from garlic extract at your health-food store and possible your neighborhood grocer. Start with a low dose and gradually increase, as it can cause tummy troubles.

Red Yeast Rice

Hundreds of years ago, it was discovered that a red yeast which grown on rich is beneficial to health. It was later discovered that lovastatin was the substance contained within the yeast. Read yeast and be purchased in health-food stores and online. It is actually the same substance marketed as Mevacor (prescription drug) to lower cholesterol production within the liver.


Even though there is fat in walnuts, the omega-3 fatty acids are good fats that help to lower your cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats are successful in lowering LDL in the blood. They can lower the level of triglycerides in your body. This aids in retarding the build-up of plaque in the arteries. A small amount of walnuts eaten daily can lower LDL.

Foods High in Soluble Fiber

Oatmeal, legumes, barley, okra, beans are all foods rich in soluble fiber that helps eliminate cholesterol. A bowl of oatmeal each morning can help your digestion and cholesterol. If you have trouble digesting beans, you can use a few drops of beano. If cooked dry soak in water and baking soda to remove gas removing compounds.

Lime Tree Flower Tea

Lime tree flower or Linden tea is used to lower high blood pressure and soothe stressful nerves. One cup of tea 2-3 times a day is helpful.

Lower Cholesterol with Healthy Foods
Lower Cholesterol with Healthy Foods

Cholesterol And Statins

More Foods that Help Improve Cholesterol

Oranges: Foods with soluble fiber and pectin blocks cholesterol from entering the bloodstream and carries is out of the body. One orange contains up to 3 grams of fiber.

Grape derivatives: Red wine, 100% grape juice,and, resveratrol derived from them, are filled with polyphenols and are excellent for heart health and lowering high blood levels.

The have been scientifically proven to prevent blood platelets from sticking and thus blocking arteries and causing a heart attack or stroke.


Eating oatmeal or oat bran can cause your LDL to drop up to 10%. Oatmeal, oat brand, Cheerios contain beta glucan, which is proven to lower, (LDL). LDL is the culprit that causes blood vessels and arteries to become blocked and as a result heart problems, heart attack, and stroke. One bowl of oat cereal a day and help lower high blood cholesterol levels


Did you know that Popeye was right? Spinach is good for you! Also, kale, collard greens, kelp and other dark green leafy vegetables can help lower high cholesterol. Dark leafy vegetables contain folate acid (Vitamin B9), which reduce high homocysteine levels helping to reduce heart disease. So make dark green vegetables a large part of your diet. Do not prepare your vegetables with ham, fatback, bacon or other greasy pork products, which will nullify its benefits.

When you follow these simple steps faithfully, you will lose 2 to 5 pounds a week and lower your cholesterol quicker.

Lower High Cholesterol with Diet
Lower High Cholesterol with Diet

Other Ways to Lower High Cholesterol

Always See a Doctor:

It is important to see your physician and take some basic test to determine, if you have high LDL levels, or are at risk of getting it.

Some prescription drugs can cause your body to work differently and cause triglycerides or LDL to rise; so always ask you doctor about side effect when given prescription drugs. Work with your doctor to devise a plan action to improve your health and lower your health risks.

Weight Loss:

One quick way to triglycerides or LDL is to lose weight. This will mean that you can no longer eat food without thinking about how it will affect your health. Make a list of the foods you each daily.

Cut Saturated Fats:

Cut saturated fats, eat more fruits and vegetables, increase fiber through food and high fiber drinks, drink eight or more glasses of water. A woman should try to eat 1,000-1,200 calories per day, and me, 1,200 to 1,600. It is recommended by the American Heart Association that you intake no more than 35% of fat in your daily caloric intake.


By adding exercise and cutting calories, this speeds up your metabolism and burn fat quicker. If you are not used to exercising and brisk 20-minute walk, three to 5 times a week, will be sufficient to lose weight, strengthen the heart and lower blood levels.


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      Rachel L Alba 11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Pamela, I just came across your hub on foods to cure high cholesterol. This is a very important subject, because more people have it that don't even realize it. So just eating these foods regularly will help in any event. I read that there is a village in Italy that eat a lot of high cholesterol foods like cheeses and cured hams, etc. But they are all very healthy because they drink red wine every day. I remembered that when I read the section about grapes and wine. I never thought of oranges and the other foods you mentioned. Thanks for sharing this information.

      Blessings to you.

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      Robin 13 months ago

      Enough typing errors to make me question, please edit for trustworthyness...thank you.

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      a2jchase 16 months ago

      Thanks for infor, have been eating Cheerios, but the Honey nut, is that a problem? Didn't know about the Walnuts which I will add; eat Romaine lettuce but will add more Spinach.

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      sk basha 4 years ago

      astama removeing how

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      theframjak, I am working on my cholesterol levels as well. I know you will do what you have to do to improve your numbers! Blessings

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      theframjak 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for all the useful information. I have just been told I have high cholesterol and am taking measures to lower it. One is to eat more oat bran for breakfast.

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      Barbara 4 years ago from Queens

      Great. It took patience getting through the BEYOND DIET video but it was a tremendous help. I guess my big bowl of healthy oatmeal this morning is a bust. New way of food shopping and cooking and looking forward to that FLAT BELLY they are talking about!

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Nice and very informative hub. I learned a lot from it. Thanks

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      SANJAY KHANNA 5 years ago


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      masmasika 5 years ago

      great hub withplenty of information. This is a very useful hub for everybody. voted up.

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      TopUniverse 6 years ago

      Very useful hub on how to lower high cholesterol level. I adhere to your tips.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I know. I hate to exercise, but I do walk.

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      mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thanks for a lot of good information and especially for the advice of including exercise. People don't like to exercise in spite of its many benefits. Very good advice.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for your comments kiwi91! Rolled oats that you have to cook 5 minutes has not sugar.

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      I eat a lot of spinach, but I should eat more oatmeal. I think you have to be careful with the prepackaged oatmeal packets, some of them have a LOT of sugar as I found out. Nice work, thanks for the suggestions!

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