Medicines are supposed to make you feel better, but with statins that’s not always the case. Thousands of people on statins end up experiencing side effects so uncomfortable, they begin to wonder if the “cure” is worse than the disease.
Nearly 30 percent of people taking statins will end up with muscle aches so severe the pain will interfere with their lives. Still others will have to deal with statin-related high blood sugar levels.
But those two side effects are nothing, compared to the very real threats of dementia and liver damage that have been associated with statin use. In some cases, especially in older folks, they can even drop cholesterol to dangerously low levels.
And worst of all, statins are laser focused on lowering LDL cholesterol, but they completely ignore the far bigger danger of small and dense oxidized LDL. Which is why it’s so important to ditch the statins and manage your cholesterol naturally.
Lower cholesterol naturally with potent nutrients
The key is to focus on the right nutrients that can help lower your LDL while targeting the damaging oxidized molecules. Following are six powerful, statin-free solutions to help lower cholesterol naturally.
Allicin is just one of the plant compounds in garlic that can help gently lower cholesterol. A meta-study published in the journal Phytomedicine found that all but one of the original trials reviewed linked allicin to overall lower cholesterol.
While you could eat raw garlic, you’d need lots of it to get the cholesterol-lowering benefits seen in many studies. So, go ahead and add more delicious garlic to your diet. But consider taking a garlic supplement too.
Potent antioxidants found in tea and dark chocolate have been found to target cholesterol levels. While one lowers “bad” cholesterol, the other boosts your “good” numbers.
In one study the antioxidants in black tea lowered LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 10 percent in just three short weeks. And in another study dark chocolate increased volunteer’s HDL (“good”) cholesterol by a remarkable 24 percent in a matter of weeks.
Astaxanthin isn’t what you’d call a household name. But it probably ought to be considering how powerful this antioxidant is. Astaxanthin is found naturally in microalgae, crustaceans, fish and certain plants and fungi. And if you’re interested in controlling your cholesterol without statins it’s a must-know nutrient.
A study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition revealed that this potent carotenoid can help significantly lower cholesterol. While another study out of Japan found that taking astaxanthin can help boost HDL levels.
But most importantly human studies have found astaxanthin can raise a powerful defense against dangerous oxidized LDL (oxLDL). In other words, unlike statins, astaxanthin covers all sides of the cholesterol equation making it a perfect choice to lower cholesterol naturally.
4. Vitamin B5:
Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, helps your body create Coenzyme A. When this happens, your system responds by producing energy instead of an unnecessary amount of lipids and triglycerides.
Experts say B5 naturally lowers cholesterol—both total and LDL levels—while boosting HDL. In other words, it tackles your cholesterol concerns from both sides, making it a well-rounded solution for controlling your cholesterol without resorting to dangerous statins.
If you’re an avocado fan (and who isn’t?) we’ve get yet one more good reason for you to eat more of them. You may already know they’re an excellent source of the good fats you need to keep your heart healthy. But it turns out their heart benefits don’t end there.
Avocados are also high in heart-friendly beta-sitosterol. This potent plant compound helps control how much cholesterol your body absorbs. Which means you get a healthy amount of vital cholesterol, not too much and not too little.
Phytosterols, found in nuts, have been shown in study after study to help gently lower LDL cholesterol.
According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1.5 ounces of walnuts could lower your LDL levels by more than five percent. And in a meta-analysis run by the Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University in California, not only did LDL levels decrease HDL levels went up at the same time, and overall cholesterol improved.
Don’t take drugs that make you worse when you’re trying to get better. Talk with your doc about ditching the statins and lower cholesterol naturally starting with these six nutrients.